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1. Cabaret (1972)

PG | 124 min | Drama, Musical

7.8
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80 Metascore

A female girlie club entertainer in Weimar Republic era Berlin romances two men while the Nazi Party rises to power around them.

Director: Bob Fosse | Stars: Liza Minnelli, Michael York, Helmut Griem, Joel Grey

Votes: 43,909 | Gross: $42.77M

2. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 94,528 | Gross: $59.95M

3. The Remains of the Day (1993)

PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance

7.9
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84 Metascore

A butler, Stevens (Sir Anthony Hopkins), who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, John Haycraft, Christopher Reeve

Votes: 58,235 | Gross: $22.95M

4. Bright Young Things (2003)

R | 102 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.6
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64 Metascore

An adaptation of Evelyn Waugh's novel "Vile Bodies", is a look into the lives of a young novelist, his would-be lover, and a host of young people who beautified London in the 1930s.

Director: Stephen Fry | Stars: Stephen Campbell Moore, Emily Mortimer, Dan Aykroyd, Simon McBurney

Votes: 4,838 | Gross: $0.93M

5. From Here to Eternity (1953)

Passed | 118 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.7
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85 Metascore

In Hawaii in 1941, a private is cruelly punished for not boxing on his unit's team, while his captain's wife and second-in-command are falling in love.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Montgomery Clift, Deborah Kerr, Donna Reed

Votes: 39,652 | Gross: $30.50M

6. 1900 (1976)

Unrated | 317 min | Drama, History

7.7
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The epic tale of a class struggle in twentieth century Italy, as seen through the eyes of two childhood friends on opposing sides.

Director: Bernardo Bertolucci | Stars: Robert De Niro, Gérard Depardieu, Dominique Sanda, Francesca Bertini

Votes: 20,506

7. Tea with Mussolini (1999)

PG | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.9
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53 Metascore

An orphaned Italian boy is raised among a circle of British and American women living in Mussolini's Italy before and during the Second World War.

Director: Franco Zeffirelli | Stars: Maggie Smith, Judi Dench, Joan Plowright, Cher

Votes: 10,408 | Gross: $14.35M

8. The Gathering Storm (2002 TV Movie)

G | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Sir Winston Churchill's (Albert Finney's) years prior to World War II, when only he could see the threat that Adolf Hitler and a rearmed Germany posed to Europe.

Director: Richard Loncraine | Stars: Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Linus Roache

Votes: 5,110

9. Christopher and His Kind (2011 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.0
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How real-life British-American author Christopher Isherwood and his German boyfriend Heinz met and fell in love during the 1930s and the rise of Nazism.

Director: Geoffrey Sax | Stars: Matt Smith, Imogen Poots, Lindsay Duncan, Perry Millward

Votes: 3,736

10. The Man Who Cried (2000)

R | 100 min | Drama, Music, Romance

6.2
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40 Metascore

A young refugee traveling from Russia to America in search of her lost father falls for a gypsy horseman.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Christina Ricci, Cate Blanchett, Oleg Yankovskiy, Claudia Lander-Duke

Votes: 13,626 | Gross: $0.74M

11. Delta of Venus (1995)

R | 102 min | Drama

4.5
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A struggling American writer (England) and a fellow American expatriate (Mandylor) begin a sordid affair among the chaos and discord of 1940 Paris, France on the brink of World War II.

Director: Zalman King | Stars: Audie England, Costas Mandylor, Eric da Silva, Raven Snow

Votes: 1,701 | Gross: $0.06M

12. Good (2008)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.2
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40 Metascore

John Halder, a German literature professor in the 1930s, is initially reluctant to accept the ideas of the Nazi Party. He is pulled in different emotional directions by his wife, mother, mistress and Jewish friend.

Director: Vicente Amorim | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Jason Isaacs, Jodie Whittaker, Steven Mackintosh

Votes: 6,475 | Gross: $0.02M

13. Mother Night (1996)

R | 114 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.2
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An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

Director: Keith Gordon | Stars: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Anthony J. Robinow, Michael McGill

Votes: 4,676 | Gross: $0.39M

14. The Good Wife (1987)

R | 98 min | Drama, Romance

5.8
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In pre-WWII Australia, a love triangle develops between a man, his wife and the man's brother.

Director: Ken Cameron | Stars: Rachel Ward, Bryan Brown, Steven Vidler, Sam Neill

Votes: 457 | Gross: $1.16M

15. 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: 2,633 | Gross: $7.70M

16. The Girl of Your Dreams (1998)

R | 121 min | Comedy, Drama

7.0
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A company of Spanish movie makers leaves Franco's Spain and moves to Hitler's Germany to make a film in co-production. Soon some problems start to arise...

Director: Fernando Trueba | Stars: Penélope Cruz, Antonio Resines, Jorge Sanz, Rosa Maria Sardà

Votes: 3,493

17. The Winter War (1989)

199 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

Director: Pekka Parikka | Stars: Taneli Mäkelä, Vesa Vierikko, Timo Torikka, Heikki Paavilainen

Votes: 7,235

18. As Far as My Feet Will Carry Me (2001)

TV-G | 158 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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At the end of WW2, a German POW doing hard labor in the Soviet Gulag escapes from his Siberian camp to return to Germany but he's pursued by a Soviet NKVD officer.

Director: Hardy Martins | Stars: Bernhard Bettermann, Iris Böhm, Anatoliy Kotenyov, Michael Mendl

Votes: 6,090

19. Gran bollito (1977)

115 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.5
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Lea, a mature Neapolitan woman who runs a box office in the Lotto in a northern city, has had thirteen children, but all but one have died from abortion or after a few months of life. The ... See full summary »

Director: Mauro Bolognini | Stars: Shelley Winters, Max von Sydow, Renato Pozzetto, Alberto Lionello

Votes: 296

20. Occupation in 26 Pictures (1978)

116 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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Three young men - a Croat, an Italian, and a Jew - are the best friends in pre-WW2 Dubrovnik. When their country is occupied by Nazis and their cronies, the idyllic city becomes a place of ... See full summary »

Director: Lordan Zafranovic | Stars: Frano Lasic, Milan Strljic, Tanja Poberznik, Boris Kralj

Votes: 686

21. Singapore (1947)

Passed | 79 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

6.7
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After WW2, an American skipper returns to Singapore to recuperate his hidden stash of pearls and to search for his sweetheart who disappeared during a Japanese attack in 1942.

Director: John Brahm | Stars: Fred MacMurray, Ava Gardner, Roland Culver, Richard Haydn

Votes: 406

22. Whoops Apocalypse (1982– )

30 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

7.3
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A light-hearted look at the final week before doomsday. American President Johnny Cyclops is trying to run a re-election campaign while dealing with the Russians, a deposed Shah needing to ... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Morse, John Barron, Ed Bishop, Bruce Montague

Votes: 210

23. Group Portrait with a Lady (1977)

107 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.9
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The story follows the life of a regular German women Leni Gruyten during 1930s and 1940s. Through her interactions with friends, family and other people she knows, the regular folks' perception of the Nazi era is shown.

Director: Aleksandar Petrovic | Stars: Romy Schneider, Brad Dourif, Michel Galabru, Vadim Glowna

Votes: 301

24. A Slave of Love (1976)

Not Rated | 94 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Olga Voznesenskaya is a silent screen star whose pictures are so popular that underground revolutionaries risk capture to see them. She's in southern Russia filming a tear-jerker as the ... See full summary »

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Elena Solovey, Rodion Nahapetov, Aleksandr Kalyagin, Oleg Basilashvili

Votes: 1,268

25. Great Day in the Morning (1956)

Approved | 92 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.4
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A Confederate drifter wins a hotel-saloon at poker in Denver but two rival female admirers, local Union sympathizers, Southern gold miners and an orphaned boy complicate his life.

Director: Jacques Tourneur | Stars: Virginia Mayo, Robert Stack, Ruth Roman, Alex Nicol

Votes: 627

26. The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (1927)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, History

6.6
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In May 1913 the Romanov Dynasty celebrates its 300th anniversary at the Russian throne. The last emperor in the long line is Tsar Nicholas II. He rules over a country with huge social and ... See full summary »

Director: Esfir Shub | Stars: Mikhail Alekseyev, Alexei Brusilov, Nikolai Chkheidze, Emperor Franz Josef

Votes: 253

27. Venice (2010)

110 min | Drama

6.9
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Marek is in his early teens and dreams of going to Venice. Although the war makes his plans highly unlikely, the boy won't let his dreams drift away too easily.

Director: Jan Jakub Kolski | Stars: Marcin Walewski, Magdalena Cielecka, Agnieszka Grochowska, Grazyna Blecka-Kolska

Votes: 357

28. The Nazis Strike (1943)

Not Rated | 41 min | Documentary, Short, War

7.1
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The official World War II US government account of Nazi international aggression leading up to the British and French declarations of war.

Directors: Frank Capra, Anatole Litvak | Stars: Eduard Benes, Neville Chamberlain, Clementine Churchill, Winston Churchill

Votes: 699

29. Tango Argentino (1992)

91 min | Drama, Music

7.1
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A boy who is helping lonely, elderly people revives their urge to live and receives in return their love and understanding, which have been denied to him by his parents.

Director: Goran Paskaljevic | Stars: Mija Aleksic, Predrag 'Miki' Manojlovic, Nikola Zarkovic, Rahela Ferari

Votes: 631

30. Akseli and Elina (1970)

137 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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Director: Edvin Laine | Stars: Aarno Sulkanen, Ulla Eklund, Risto Taulo, Anja Pohjola

Votes: 386

31. Jutro idziemy do kina (2007 TV Movie)

85 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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Just as three high-school graduates get to the brink of adulthood, the outbreak of World War Two destroys all their dreams and plans forever.

Director: Michal Kwiecinski | Stars: Mateusz Damiecki, Antoni Pawlicki, Jakub Wesolowski, Anna Gzyra

Votes: 448

32. Wherever You Are... (1988)

106 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.0
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An Uruguayan diplomat brings his new wife with him on a business trip to Poland in the summer immediately preceding the outbreak of World War II.

Director: Krzysztof Zanussi | Stars: Julian Sands, Renée Soutendijk, Maciej Robakiewicz, Tadeusz Bradecki

Votes: 84

33. Chip of the Flying U (1939)

Passed | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Romance

5.7
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Duncan is secretly shipping explosives by ship and needs the Flying U ranch which has shore access. Chip breaks up his murder and robbery attempts and eventually captures two of his ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Staub | Stars: Johnny Mack Brown, Bob Baker, Fuzzy Knight, Doris Weston

Votes: 23

34. Absent (2010)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary

7.2
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Documentary on the social pandemic of fatherlessness afflicting today's societies.

Director: Justin Hunt | Stars: Robin Decker, John Eldredge, Mark Garcia, James Hetfield

Votes: 60

35. Tüzoltó utca 25. (1973)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.7
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Hungary's postwar history told through the dreams, nightmares, and memories of the inhabitants of an old house on the eve of it's destruction.

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Lucyna Winnicka, Margit Makay, Károly Kovács, András Bálint

Votes: 231

36. Crystal Nights (1992)

138 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

7.1
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Director: Tonia Marketaki | Stars: François Delaive, Michele Valley, Tania Tripi, Katerina Baka

Votes: 69

37. The Devil's Lieutenant (1984 TV Movie)

206 min | Drama, History

8.5
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In the pre-WWI Austro-Hungarian Empire, an older officer (Capt. Kunze) investigates a brilliant junior officer (Lt. Dorfrichter) suspected of complicity in a murder by poisoning.

Director: John Goldschmidt | Stars: Helmut Griem, Ian Charleson, Barbara De Rossi, Claudine Auger

Votes: 11

38. The Prince and the Dybbuk (2017)

82 min | Documentary, Biography

7.2
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Michal Waszynski was buried in Rome as a wealthy Polish aristocrat. But this mysterious man, who was Poland's leading 1930s filmmaker, had a lot of secrets and directed his own life in a brilliant way.

Directors: Elwira Niewiera, Piotr Rosolowski | Stars: Michael Babchuk, Batia Beigl, Alex Mankiewicz, Rosemary Mankiewicz

Votes: 66

39. Matka Królów (1987)

127 min | Drama, History, War

7.3
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Made in 1982, shelved for five years. Story opens with Lucja Krol's husband under the tram. She gives birth to her fourth son on the floor of their new apartment. Neighbor Wiktor, a ... See full summary »

Director: Janusz Zaorski | Stars: Magda Teresa Wójcik, Zbigniew Zapasiewicz, Franciszek Pieczka, Boguslaw Linda

Votes: 193

40. Tell the Truth and Run: George Seldes and the American Press (1996)

Not Rated | 90 min | Documentary, Biography

8.3
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The profile of controversial journalist George Seldes and a piercing examination of America's news media. Narrated by Susan Sarandon, with readings of writings by Ed Asner, this Academy ... See full summary »

Director: Rick Goldsmith | Stars: Susan Sarandon, Edward Asner, Ben Bagdikian, Jeff Cohen

Votes: 96

41. After Mein Kampf (1961)

74 min | Documentary, War

3.7
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Story of Adolf Hitler

Director: Ralph Porter | Stars: Jonathan Farwell, Monica Davis, Paula Morris

Votes: 59

42. Wohin und zurück - Teil 1: An uns glaubt Gott nicht mehr - Ferry oder Wie es war (1982 TV Movie)

109 min | Drama

7.8
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After his father is murdered by the Nazis in 1938, a young Viennese Jew named Ferry Tobler flees to Prague, where he joins forces with another expatriate and a sympathetic Czech relief ... See full summary »

Director: Axel Corti | Stars: Johannes Silberschneider, Barbara Petritsch, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Georg Corten

Votes: 128

43. Destination Unknown (1942)

Passed | 63 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.3
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A beautiful Dutch girl finds herself in Peking being pursued by agents of the Japanese government.

Director: Ray Taylor | Stars: William Gargan, Irene Hervey, Sam Levene, Turhan Bey

Votes: 26

44. Border G-Man (1938)

Passed | 60 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.6
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Government agent Jim Galloway is sent undercover to investigate shifty businessman Louis Rankin for violations of the Neutrality Act, a law forbidding the exporting of troops and war ... See full summary »

Director: David Howard | Stars: George O'Brien, Laraine Day, Ray Whitley, John Miljan

Votes: 60

45. Secret Agent of Japan (1942)

Passed | 72 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

6.9
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Kay Murdock (Lynn Bari) strolls into the Dixie Bar in Shanghai on November 1, 1941 and asks the bartender for a letter addressed to Captain Larsen, and is referred to Roy Bonnell (Preston ... See full summary »

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Preston Foster, Lynn Bari, Noel Madison, Victor Sen Yung

Votes: 55

46. The Wandering Jew (II) (1933)

Passed | 68 min | Drama, War

6.7
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A German-Jewish artist encounters German anti-semitism when his masterpiece is rejected by the Berlin Academy of Art. Later, the figure in the painting comes to life and tells him the ... See full summary »

Director: George Roland | Stars: Jacob Ben-Ami, Natalie Browning, M.B. Samuylow, Ben Adler

Votes: 13

47. Sea Raiders (1941)

Approved | 229 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

5.7
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The Dead End Kids go after a gang known as the Sea Raiders, which is sinking Allied shipping.

Directors: Ford Beebe, John Rawlins | Stars: Billy Halop, Huntz Hall, Gabriel Dell, Bernard Punsly

Votes: 49

48. The Tanks Are Coming (1941)

Passed | 20 min | Short, Comedy

5.6
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Educational short about the status of battle tanks and tankist training in the American Army in pre-War 1941, featuring a comical Army trainee from the Bronx.

Director: B. Reeves Eason | Stars: George Tobias, Richard Travis, Gig Young, Frank Wilcox

Votes: 168

49. Mashenka (1942)

66 min | Drama, Romance, War

7.5
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In 1939, as the air raid sirens sound over Moscow, a young man, Alyosha, falls in love with a telegraph operator called Mashenka.

Director: Yuli Raizman | Stars: Valentina Karavayeva, Mikhail Kuznetsov, D. Pankratova, Vera Altayskaya

Votes: 184

50. General Nuisance (1941)

Approved | 17 min | Short, Comedy, Romance

5.9
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A millionaire falls for an army nurse, who tells him she likes men in uniform. So he enlists at Camp Cluster. She still has no time for him, so he figures out how to get into the hospital ... See full summary »

Director: Jules White | Stars: Buster Keaton, Elsie Ames, Dorothy Appleby, Monte Collins

Votes: 116



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