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1. Poldark (2015– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.3
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Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it.

Stars: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack Farthing, Heida Reed

Votes: 21,236

2. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

PG | 124 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

8.7
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82 Metascore

After the Rebels are brutally overpowered by the Empire on the ice planet Hoth, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Yoda, while his friends are pursued by Darth Vader.

Director: Irvin Kershner | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Billy Dee Williams

Votes: 1,059,764 | Gross: $290.48M

3. Roots (1977)

TV-14 | 588 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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A dramatization of author Alex Haley's family line from ancestor Kunta Kinte's enslavement to his descendants' liberation.

Stars: LeVar Burton, Robert Reed, John Amos, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 15,116

4. The Thorn Birds (1983)

460 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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This mini series covers 60 years in the lives of the Cleary family, brought from New Zealand to Australia to run their aunt Mary Carson's ranch. The story centers on their daughter, Meggie,... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Chamberlain, Rachel Ward, Christopher Plummer, Bryan Brown

Votes: 7,389

5. Giant (1956)

G | 201 min | Drama, Western

7.7
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84 Metascore

Sprawling epic covering the life of a Texas cattle rancher and his family and associates.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, James Dean, Carroll Baker

Votes: 31,345 | Gross: $35.00M

6. North and South, Book I (1985)

561 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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Two friends, one northern and one southern, struggle to maintain their friendship as events build towards the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, Georg Stanford Brown, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff

Votes: 8,783

7. Borgia (2011–2014)

52 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Story of the rise and the fall of the Renaissance dynasty.

Stars: Mark Ryder, Isolda Dychauk, Diarmuid Noyes, John Doman

Votes: 5,397

8. The Star Wars Holiday Special (1978 TV Movie)

97 min | Adventure, Family, Musical

2.3
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Chewbacca and Han Solo try to get to the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk to celebrate Life Day, but are impeded by an Imperial blockade. Chewie's family passes the time with various forms of entertainment.

Directors: Steve Binder, David Acomba | Stars: Mickey Morton, Patty Maloney, Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford

Votes: 11,524

9. The House of the Spirits (1993)

R | 140 min | Drama, Romance

6.9
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A rancher, his clairvoyant wife and their family face turbulent years in South America in this adaptation of Isabel Allende's best-seller.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Meryl Streep, Winona Ryder, Antonio Banderas

Votes: 19,559 | Gross: $6.27M

10. Sunshine (1999)

R | 181 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.5
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71 Metascore

The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Rosemary Harris, Rachel Weisz, Jennifer Ehle

Votes: 12,371 | Gross: $5.10M

11. Vår tid är nu (2017– )

60 min | Drama

8.2
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Stockholm, the day of peace in Europe 1945. A spontaneous kiss between two strangers, during the celebration at Kungsgatan, will have major consequences.

Stars: Hedda Stiernstedt, Charlie Gustafsson, Adam Lundgren, Suzanne Reuter

Votes: 1,761

12. Isabel (2011–2014)

75 min | Biography, History

8.3
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Life of Isabella I of Castile, also known as Isabella the Catholic.

Stars: Michelle Jenner, Ramon Madaula, Rodolfo Sancho, Jordi Díaz

Votes: 1,541

13. North and South, Book II (1986)

570 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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The story of two friends and their families on opposite sides of the American Civil War.

Stars: Kirstie Alley, David Carradine, Philip Casnoff, Mary Crosby

Votes: 4,348

14. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, War

8.3
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After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang

Votes: 14,339 | Gross: $2.33M

15. Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (1994)

273 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.2
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Civil War has just finished, but things in the country aren't much better, especially in the South.

Stars: Philip Casnoff, Kyle Chandler, Cathy Lee Crosby, Lesley-Anne Down

Votes: 1,944

16. True Women (1997 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.8
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Covering nearly fifty years of mid-19th-century turmoil, from the tumultuous Texas Revolution to the early women's suffrage movement, "True Women" is a gripping tale of endurance, love, and above all, gritty female determination.

Director: Karen Arthur | Stars: Dana Delany, Annabeth Gish, Angelina Jolie, Michael York

Votes: 1,945

17. The Book of the Three Hans (2006–2007)

TV-Y | 60 min | Biography, Drama

7.9
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An epic based on the myth of Jumong Taewang, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo in 37 B.C., (one of the three kingdoms of Korea).

Stars: Il-guk Song, Hye-jin Han, Seung-su Kim, Kwang-ryul Jun

Votes: 1,436

18. The Forsyte Saga (1967– )

50 min | Drama, Romance

8.5
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The extended Forsyte family live a more than pleasant upper middle class life in Victorian and later Edwardian England. The two central characters are Soames Forsyte and his cousin Jolyon ... See full summary »

Stars: Eric Porter, Margaret Tyzack, Nyree Dawn Porter, Kenneth More

Votes: 844

19. The Camomile Lawn (1992)

258 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.6
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In 1939, young Oliver, Calypso, Polly and Walter visit friends and family in Cornwall. Spanish Civil War is over and WW2 has begun, so they enjoy their love life while they can. Decades later, they gather again, this time for a funeral.

Stars: Felicity Kendal, Claire Bloom, Jennifer Ehle, Richard Johnson

Votes: 694

20. Roots: The Next Generations (1979)

840 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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The dramatization of Alex Haley's family line from post Civil War America to the writer's search for his roots.

Stars: Debbi Morgan, Dorian Harewood, Paul Koslo, Stan Shaw

Votes: 2,153

21. Mr. & Mrs. Bridge (1990)

PG-13 | 126 min | Drama

6.6
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73 Metascore

Set during World War II, an upper-class family begins to fall apart due to the conservative nature of the patriarch and the progressive values of his children.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward, Saundra McClain, Margaret Welsh

Votes: 2,636 | Gross: $7.70M

22. 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: 2,734 | Gross: $0.14M

23. Master of the Game (1984)

413 min | Drama

7.4
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Elderly Kate Blackwell looks back at her family's life beginning with her Scottish father Jamie McGregor's journey to South Africa to make his fortune in diamonds. The family history is ... See full summary »

Stars: Dyan Cannon, Harry Hamlin, Ian Charleson, Cliff De Young

Votes: 387

24. Siberiade (1979)

206 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.1
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The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitali Solomin, Sergey Shakurov, Natalya Andreychenko

Votes: 1,730

25. I, Mattoni (2016– )

Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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Biographical series about Heinrich Mattoni, capitalist of the early period of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, founder of the world-famous mineral water bottling company, a man of a dynamic and controversial fate.

Stars: Alois Svehlík, David Svehlík, Tatiana Vilhelmová, Tatjana Medvecká

Votes: 33

26. The Family (1987)

PG | 127 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Traces events in the life of Carlo, from his christening in 1906, where his grandfather reminds his father that Carlo means "free man," to his 80th birthday party. The film principally ... See full summary »

Director: Ettore Scola | Stars: Vittorio Gassman, Fanny Ardant, Stefania Sandrelli, Emanuele Lamaro

Votes: 1,797 | Gross: $0.35M

27. And Quiet Flows the Don (2006– )

176 min | Drama, Romance, War

5.1
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With World War I, the Bolshevik Revolution, and the Russian Civil War as backdrop, it's an old-fashioned, blood-and-guts narrative, filled with earthly humor and a wealth of colorful ... See full summary »

Stars: Rupert Everett, Delphine Forest, F. Murray Abraham, Ben Gazzara

Votes: 456

28. The Matriarch (2007)

90 min | Comedy, Drama

5.7
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The heart of the film is the Koppelo family. Worn out after a number of travels, but united and strong, this family is proud of their history. They have their share of misfortunes but never... See full synopsis »

Director: Markku Pölönen | Stars: Peter Franzén, Sanna-Kaisa Palo, Samuel Vauramo, Jenni Banerjee

Votes: 679

29. Accidents Happen (2009)

R | 92 min | Comedy, Drama

6.1
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There are dysfunctional families... and then there are the Conways. After a family tragedy, 15-year-old Billy Conway has become the de facto glue between his bitter mom, distant brother, ... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Lancaster | Stars: Geena Davis, Harrison Gilbertson, Harry Cook, Joel Tobeck

Votes: 2,508

30. The Sea of Grass (1947)

Passed | 123 min | Drama, Western

6.4
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On America's frontier, a St. Louis woman marries a New Mexico cattleman who is seen as a tyrant by the locals.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Katharine Hepburn, Spencer Tracy, Robert Walker, Melvyn Douglas

Votes: 1,752

31. Adam Had Four Sons (1941)

Approved | 81 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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A governess becomes the center of a wealthy family after her employer's wife dies.

Director: Gregory Ratoff | Stars: Ingrid Bergman, Warner Baxter, Susan Hayward, Fay Wray

Votes: 775

32. Oro, Plata, Mata (1982)

TV-MA | 194 min | Drama, War

8.2
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Two affluent families struggle and learn to survive during the Japanese occupation in the Philippines.

Director: Peque Gallaga | Stars: Manny Ojeda, Liza Lorena, Sandy Andolong, Cherie Gil

Votes: 191

33. Hold the Dream (1986)

195 min | Drama, Romance

6.5
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Four-part, four-hour follow-up to A Woman of Substance (1984) with Deborah Kerr, now playing Emma Harte at age eighty in the last winter of her life and dealing with her granddaughter Paula... See full summary »

Stars: Jenny Seagrove, Deborah Kerr, Fiona Fullerton, Stephen Collins

Votes: 289

34. Service (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Romance

6.2
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76 Metascore

A drama that follows the travails of the Pineda family in the Filipino city of Angeles. Bigamy, unwanted pregnancy, possible incest and bothersome skin irritations are all part of their ... See full summary »

Director: Brillante Mendoza | Stars: Gina Pareño, Jaclyn Jose, Julio Diaz, Coco Martin

Votes: 1,267 | Gross: $0.06M

35. The Taste of Apple Seeds (2013)

120 min | Drama

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Director: Vivian Naefe | Stars: Hannah Herzsprung, Florian Stetter, Marie Bäumer, Meret Becker

Votes: 240

36. Jauche und Levkojen (1978– )

90 min | Drama, History

7.7
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The series describes the fate of the Pomeranian landowner family of Quindt in the period from 1918 to 1945.

Stars: Hartmut Reck, Ulrike Bliefert, Arno Assmann, Edda Seippel

Votes: 32

37. Aftershock (2010)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama

7.6
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The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu, Fan Xu

Votes: 8,232 | Gross: $0.06M

38. Lady for a Night (1942)

Passed | 87 min | Comedy, Romance, Thriller

6.1
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Gambling boat operator Jenny Blake throws over her gambler beau Jack Morgan in order to marry into high society.

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Joan Blondell, John Wayne, Philip Merivale, Blanche Yurka

Votes: 341

39. The Manns - Novel of a Century (2001– )

312 min | Biography, Drama

8.3
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Chronicle about Germany's most extraodinary literary family.

Stars: Armin Mueller-Stahl, Monica Bleibtreu, Jürgen Hentsch, Veronica Ferres

Votes: 625

40. The Great Seer (2012–2013)

Action, History, Romance

7.4
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The story set in the late Goryeo Dynasty in which a group of Feng Shui advisers to the government authorities help the hero Lee Sung Gye become the first king of the Joseon Dynasty.

Stars: Kil-kang Ahn, Jae-woong Choi, Tae-Joon Choi, Gi-seok Do

Votes: 50

41. On the Black Hill (1988)

117 min | Drama

6.5
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The story covers eighty years in the lives of a pair of Welsh identical twins with an unusual bond, as they go through war, love affairs, and land disputes.

Director: Andrew Grieve | Stars: Aled Baker, Rhys Baker, Iona Banks, Nicola Beddoe

Votes: 123

42. Lautarii (1972)

140 min | Drama, Musical, Romance

7.5
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Leader of a traveling gypsy band from the steppes of Bessarabia (now Moldova), Toma Alistar is a skilled violinist whose fame takes him on tours around European capitals and royal courts. ... See full summary »

Director: Emil Loteanu | Stars: Serghei Lunchevici, Dumitru Hãbãsescu, Jenea Rolko, Galina Vodnyatskaya

Votes: 229

43. The Maiden Danced to Death (2011)

100 min | Drama

6.3
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There were two brothers - two dancers - in Communist Hungary. One defected, the other stuck it out. One gave his soul to commerce, the other to the Party. After twenty years, they meet again. And the dance begins.

Director: Endre Hules | Stars: Endre Hules, Bea Melkvi, Deborah Kara Unger, Zsolt László

Votes: 111

44. The Legend of Tillamook's Gold (2006)

Not Rated | 107 min | Drama, Family

5.2
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Julie, a lonely fourteen year old girl, moves to Manzanita, an Oregon seaside town, from Los Angeles after her writer father, Robert, loses his job. Her family, including mother Kathryn and... See full summary »

Director: Jane Beaumont Hall | Stars: Brian McNamara, Julia Campbell, Brian Thompson, Suzanne Marie Doyon

Votes: 235

45. Kim Soo Ro (2010– )

Drama, Romance

7.3
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This drama charts the life of Kim Soo Ro, legendary founder of Geumgwan Gaya, the ruling city-state of the Gaya confederacy, which dominated sea trade and iron working during the Three ... See full summary »

Stars: Kim Hyung Il, Dong-jik Jang, Won-jong Lee, Oh-seong Yu

Votes: 58

46. Noce i dnie (1975)

632 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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An epic saga of the Niechcic family, told from a woman's perspective. In 1914 in the war-torn Kaliniec, Barbara Niechcic remembers her youthful love, marriage hardships, family life in the countryside and finally her husband's death.

Director: Jerzy Antczak | Stars: Jadwiga Baranska, Jerzy Binczycki, Emir Buczacki, Stanislawa Celinska

Votes: 335

47. Die Buddenbrooks (1979– )

614 min | Drama

8.2
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Family saga set in 19th century Germany, chronicling the lives of three generations of the Buddenbrook family, the owners of a family business in the northern town of Luebeck. Based on the novel by Thomas Mann.

Stars: Ursula Dirichs, Reinhild Solf, Volkert Kraeft, Gerd Böckmann

Votes: 98

48. A Borrowed Life (1994)

167 min | Drama

7.5
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Autobiographical story about the life of a poor family in the Taiwanese countryside during the 1940s and 1950s as the Japanese rule of the island ends and nationalist forces of Kwomintang arrive when the Communists take the mainland.

Director: Nien-Jen Wu | Stars: Akio Chen, Shu-Fang Chen, Jun Fu, Yung-Feng Lee

Votes: 220

49. Catch the Dream (2013)

135 min | Drama

5.5
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The story of Denmark's most famous racehorse and the family behind it.

Director: Anne-Grethe Bjarup Riis | Stars: Bjarne Henriksen, Kirsten Lehfeldt, Henrik Vestergaard, Iben Dorner

Votes: 287

50. Golden Fiddles (1991)

Not Rated | 240 min | Drama

8.0
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A heartwarming rags-to-riches story of a family during the Depression. The story is from a novel by Mary Grant Bruce.

Stars: John Bach, Peter Braunstein, Justine Clarke, Roger Cordwell

Votes: 40



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