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1. Kon-Tiki (2012)

PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History

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62 Metascore

Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.

Directors: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg | Stars: Pål Sverre Hagen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Odd-Magnus Williamson

Votes: 41,975 | Gross: $1.52M

2. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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67 Metascore

In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez | Stars: Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Billy Crudup, Olivia Thirlby

Votes: 32,822 | Gross: $0.64M

3. America's Most Wanted: America Fights Back (1988–2013)

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

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True crimes are dramatized in hopes that viewers can give information leading to the capture of the criminals.

Stars: John Walsh, Daniel David Sim, Don LaFontaine, Jon Leiberman

Votes: 1,629

4. An Adventure in Space and Time (2013 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

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A dramatisation of the early years of Doctor Who (1963), with the story revolving around BBC executive Sydney Newman, novice producer Verity Lambert and actor William Hartnell.

Director: Terry McDonough | Stars: David Bradley, Ross Gurney-Randall, Roger May, Sam Hoare

Votes: 6,008

5. The Monster of Mangatiti (2015 TV Movie)

70 min | Documentary, Biography, Crime

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Heather Walsh tells her story of the time she was an emotional prisoner of Bill Cornelius at his remote farm.

Directors: Riccardo Pellizzeri, Philly de Lacey | Stars: Greta Gregory, Mark Mitchinson, Flynn Allan, Mark Warren

Votes: 706

6. Nightmare Next Door (2011– )

60 min | Documentary, Crime

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Tells the tales of mysterious murders that rocked small-town America.

Stars: Greg Diefenbach, James Davenjay, Tom Gambrill, Peter Muggleworth

Votes: 695

7. The Infiltrators (2019)

95 min | Drama

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A rag-tag group of undocumented youth - Dreamers - deliberately get detained by Border Patrol in order to infiltrate a shadowy, for-profit detention center.

Directors: Cristina Ibarra, Alex Rivera | Stars: Mohammad Abdollahi, Maynor Alvarado, Roman Arabia, Scott Broderick

Votes: 31

8. The Death and Return of Superman (2011)

17 min | Short, Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.7
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Screenwriter Max Landis accounts DC's 1992 multi-issue story arc "The Death and Return of Superman," pointing out various plot holes and featuring a number of celebrity cameos.

Director: Max Landis | Stars: Max Landis, Kit Willesee, Yuri Lowenthal, Grae Drake

Votes: 1,088

9. The Snow Wolf: A Winter's Tale (2018 TV Movie)

57 min | Adventure, Drama

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Dramatized story shot like a documentary about an alpha she-wolf and her six cubs who must navigate the treacherous Alps in order to find a safe place to live after her alpha mate is killed by a bear.

Directors: Fred Fougea, Christian Gaume | Stars: Emilia Fox, Matthias Korneli

Votes: 19

10. Deep Undercover (II) (2016– )

Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.4
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Deep Undercover is a true crimes series from writer and producer Joe Pistone, the real "Donnie Brasco." Each episode tells the story of a different undercover operation from the POV of the undercover officers involved.

Stars: Dave B. Mitchell, Damon O'Daniel, Judy Ho, Michael Fleeman

Votes: 71

11. Codebreaker (2011 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 62 min | Documentary, Biography, Drama

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The highs and lows of Alan Turing's life, tracking his extraordinary accomplishments, his government persecution through to his tragic death in 1954. In the last 18 months of his short life... See full summary »

Directors: Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey | Stars: Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman, Paul McGann, Asa Briggs

Votes: 955

12. The Night That Panicked America (1975 TV Movie)

92 min | Drama

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On October 30, 1938, Orson Welles's radio play "The War of the Worlds" accidentally provokes mass panic.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Vic Morrow, Cliff De Young, Michael Constantine, Walter McGinn

Votes: 602

13. Unstoppable (2013)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary

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The death of his 15-year-old friend sparks Kirk Cameron to address the question of why bad things happen to good people. Through storytelling and dramatizations, Cameron goes back to the ... See full summary »

Director: Darren Doane | Stars: Kirk Cameron, Kelly Burke, Cari Burke, Denny Deutsch

Votes: 555

14. Operation Mincemeat (2010 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary, Drama, War

8.3
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Director: Russell England | Stars: Ben Macintyre, Peternel Hankin, Jeremy Montagu, Patricia Trehearne

Votes: 45

15. The Day of the Roses (1998– )

220 min | Drama

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The dramatized true-story of the Granville train disaster in Jan 1977 and the subsequent inquiry. Told across two time-frames: the impossible conditions of rescuers, victims and survivors and the divisive investigation by the Coroner.

Stars: Cormac Costello, Stephen Curry, Helen Dallimore, Gigi Edgley

Votes: 163

16. Snow Chick: A Penguin's Tale (2015)

58 min | Documentary

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A chronicle of the birth and development of one penguin chick, born late and smaller than any of its fellow toddlers.

Director: John Downer | Star: Kate Winslet

Votes: 191

17. She's Safe!: A Curated Package of Woman-to-Woman Safer-Sex Videos (1993 Video)

55 min

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A witty as well as fact-filled compilation of short films intended to convince lesbians of the need for and the fun of safe sex. It begins with facts about sexually transmitted disease, and... See full summary »

Director: Jenni Olson

Votes: 12

18. Forbidden Lie$ (2007)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Drama

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85 Metascore

A dramatized documentary investigating accusations that "Forbidden Love" author Norma Khouri made up her biographical tale of a Muslim friend who was killed for dating a Christian.

Director: Anna Broinowski | Stars: Norma Khouri, Malcolm Knox, Rana Husseini, Caroline Overington

Votes: 565

19. You Are the Jury (1984–1987)

60 min | Crime, Drama

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Viewers watch a reenactment of an actual courtroom trial and then call a special 900-telephone number to vote whether the defendant is innocent or guilty.

Stars: Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Robert Vaughn, Peter Graves, Joe Regalbuto

Votes: 10

21. The Rebels (1976– )

30 min | Biography, Drama, History

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NBC television series where actors portraying famous historical figures are interviewed for a modern audience.

Stars: Ketih Berwick, Ron Thompson

22. Leah Smock, the Legend Awakens (2016)

90 min | Horror

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In a hollow, deep in the back woods of Kentucky, there is an unassuming grave of a young woman who died at the young age of twenty-two. Folklore tells that a beautiful and intelligent woman... See full summary »

Director: Edward B. Franke | Stars: Morgan Pyle, Kenna Hardin, Barbara Helton, Nichole Doimer

Votes: 5

23. Krakatoa (2008 TV Movie)

87 min | Drama

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The greatest volcanic eruption in recorded history, the Krakatoa explosion of August 27 1883.

Directors: Jeremy Hall, Stuart Everett | Stars: John Shrapnel, Michael Bernardin, Sasha Waddell, Nick Ewans

Votes: 108

24. Snow Bears (2017 TV Movie)

Documentary, Adventure, Family

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Dramatized story about a polar bear mother and her two cubs who must reach the far north before the ice bridges they need to cross to get there melt, all the while being relentlessly pursued by a raging male bear in search of a mate.

Director: Philip Dalton | Star: Kate Winslet

Votes: 31

25. A Day Without a Mexican (1998)

28 min | Short

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News reports, with dramatizations within the faux documentary footage, explain that people across California have awakened to a state from which the Mexicans have disappeared: husbands, ... See full summary »

Director: Sergio Arau | Stars: Dawn Westlake, Michael White, Tina S. Nieto, Louis Hock

Votes: 54

26. Two Stars for Comfort (1977 TV Movie)

50 min | Drama

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It's 1953 and hotel owner Sam Turner is looking forward to the summer regatta, where he has high hopes of pepping up his love life by seducing the Queen of the Regatta.

Director: Dennis Vance | Stars: Kenneth More, William Fox, Sheridan Fitzgerald, Judy Parfitt

27. Love Me Haiti (2014)

14 min | Short, Drama, Thriller

9.1
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A woman struggles to free her husband after he's kidnapped and trapped in a prison cell. What she encounters would become one of the greatest true stories ever told.

Director: Hugues Gentillon | Stars: Aurelia Khazan, Pierre-louis Dieufaite, Deoud Gentillon, François Meknes

Votes: 620

28. 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

29. The King's Breakfast (1963)

28 min | Short

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Dramatisation in dance and mime, of the A.A. Milne poem about a king who had no butter for the royal slice of bread.

Director: Wendy Toye | Stars: Maurice Denham, Mischa Auer, Robert Flemyng, Reginald Beckwith

30. Douglas Mawson: The Survivor (1983)

53 min | Drama

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Director: David Parer

31. Wild at the Wheel (1970)

GP | 10 min | Short

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In this educational short film, a traffic investigator interviews the friends and family of a teenager who died in a car accident in order to understand how his driving habits and attitudes may have contributed to the accident.

Directors: Bob Ellis, Dick Sawyer

Votes: 73

32. The English Programme (1976–2003)

Documentary, Drama

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Stars: Terry Jones, Victoria Wood

33. Tornadoes: A Spotter's Guide (1977)

16 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Mike Dirham | Stars: R.D. Floyd, Al Moller

34. Shulie (1997)

37 min | Short, Biography, Drama

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A shot-by-shot reenactment of an unreleased 1967 documentary portrait of SAIC student Shulamith Firestone, who, a few years later, would become a central figure in the rise of radical feminism.

Director: Elisabeth Subrin | Stars: Shulamith Firestone, Kim Soss, Elisabeth Subrin

Votes: 24

35. StormWatch (1995 Video)

Not Rated | 30 min | Documentary, Short

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Director: Martin Lisius | Stars: Sam Barricklow, Brad E. Barton, Al Moller, Gary Woodall

36. War and Peace of Mind (2016)

72 min | Documentary, History, War

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War and Peace of Mind explores what war does to the human mind and how both, the individuals and the nation as a whole, survive it psychologically. Finland and WWII, locally known as continuation war, is the backdrop of this documentary.

Director: Ari Matikainen | Stars: Markku Jokisipilä, Jenni Kirves, Ville Kivimäki, Juha Mälkki

Votes: 62

37. Sleep in a Nest of Flames (2001)

118 min | Documentary, Biography

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Charles Henri Ford was an openly gay poet/writer/filmmaker/magazine publisher who led a long and interesting life. He started by reading his poetry in one of Gertrude Stein and Alice B. ... See full summary »

Directors: James Dowell, John Kolomvakis | Stars: Eric M. Cole, Val Oisteneau, Rich Bernatovech, Paul Bowles

38. Kvinnorna på Själö (2008 TV Movie)

57 min | Documentary, History

6.1
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"You who enter, leave all your hope behind." About Själö mental hospital a foul spot in Finland's medical history. Sad and somber fates of women who was cared for at Själö.

Director: Mikaela Weurlander | Stars: Maria Hjerpe, Ilppo Vuorinen, Jutta Ahlbeck-Rehn, Signe Erfors

Votes: 8

39. Roswell: The Unheard Broadcast (2000 Video)

56 min | Documentary, Drama, Sci-Fi

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Director: Lance Miller | Stars: John de Lancie, Lance Miller, Donald R. Schmitt

Votes: 6

40. Misconceptions (1977)

17 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

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Director: Ron Saunders | Stars: James Belton, Lisa Gordon, Vivienne Graves, Cheryl Mansfield

41. You and Your Diesel (1954)

35 min | Short, Drama

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Dramatisation of the necessity for efficient maintenance of diesel engines.

Stars: Leonard Sachs, Richard Warner, John Sharp, John Wynn

42. The Conspirator (2013)

9 min | Short, Thriller

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Was Lee Harvey Oswald an actual patsy in the JFK assassination? Or was he just a lone wolf killer? A look at what could have possibly occurred the afternoon of November 22, 1963.

Director: Jeff Ripley | Stars: Glenn Buswell, Jeff Ripley

43. Reward Hunt (2010 TV Movie)

22 min | Biography, Crime, History

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Reward Hunt provides information on the thousands of rewards available to the general public and provides up-to-date information on most wanted criminals, suspected criminals, ... See full summary »

Director: Edwin Francis Colon | Stars: Bill Bean, Skye Bernard, Yva Brighton, Anita Nicole Brown

44. Expeditie Limburg (2009–2010)

234 min | Documentary, History

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A team of archaeologists, led by renowned Dutch specialists and presented by the shows host Ger Houben, congregate at an archaeological site in the province of Limburg in the Netherlands and solves archaeological and historical mysteries.

Stars: Richard de Maaré, Daniël Duné, Ger Houben, Stefan Kniest

45. The Cavity Caper (1979)

14 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

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Stars: Colin Friels, Denis Moore, Julia Stokes, Michael White

46. Bloggs' Boots (1986)

22 min | Documentary, Short, Drama

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Director: Andrew Ellis | Stars: Tony Allison, Ken Bromilow, Hedley Cullen, Ken Goodlet

47. The Dark Side of the Mind (2012)

2 min | Short, Drama, Sci-Fi

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Duncan and Gunda are constructing a weapon powerful enough to kill humanity instantly. At the most crucial moment Gunda's doubts challenge their shared ideals, thus prompting a battle between good and evil, life and total annihilation.

Director: Giacomo Mantovani | Stars: Sasha Krohn, Angus Dunican

48. Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible (2010)

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The Truth & Life App is an Audio Bible and Study Bible. The Truth & Life Dramatized Audio Bible New Testament is a celebrity-voiced "radio drama" of the entire RSV-CE New Testament. More ... See full summary »

Director: Brenda Noel

Votes: 11

49. La Dany: The Diva of Bolivar Park (2010)

80 min | Documentary

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An intimate portrait of Dany Castaño Quintero, a transvestite street performer from Medellín, Colombia. For over 20 years, Dany has entertained the crowds that gather in Bolívar Park following Sunday evening mass.

Directors: Jim Giles, Julie Giles | Star: Dany Castaño Quintero

50. One Bad Choice (2015– )
Episode: Belle Knox (2015)

TV-14 | 41 min | Drama

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When faced with the possibility of dropping out of college, a studious girl solves her tuition problems through the adult industry.

Director: Jeremiah Crowell | Stars: Belle Knox, Abbi Snee, Deepa Purohit, Ian Blackman

Votes: 11



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