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1. The Handmaid's Tale (2017– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.5
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Set in a dystopian future, a woman is forced to live as a concubine under a fundamentalist theocratic dictatorship.

Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Yvonne Strahovski, Joseph Fiennes, Ann Dowd

Votes: 132,808

2. The Handmaid's Tale (1990)

R | 108 min | Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi

6.0
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In a dystopian, polluted right wing religious tyranny, a young woman is put in sexual slavery on account of her now rare fertility.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Natasha Richardson, Faye Dunaway, Aidan Quinn, Elizabeth McGovern

Votes: 7,839 | Gross: $4.96M

3. The Lives of Others (2006)

R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller

8.4
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89 Metascore

In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.

Director: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Martina Gedeck, Sebastian Koch, Ulrich Tukur

Votes: 327,228 | Gross: $11.29M

4. Curfew (2019– )

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.7
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A group of amateur drivers from all over the world compete in an illegal night-time street race.

Stars: Phoebe Fox, Andi Osho, Aimee-Ffion Edwards, Billy Zane

Votes: 1,121

5. 1984 (1984)

R | 113 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

7.1
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67 Metascore

In a totalitarian future society, a man, whose daily work is re-writing history, tries to rebel by falling in love.

Director: Michael Radford | Stars: John Hurt, Richard Burton, Suzanna Hamilton, Cyril Cusack

Votes: 60,688 | Gross: $8.40M

6. The Interview (II) (2014)

R | 112 min | Comedy

6.5
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52 Metascore

Dave Skylark and his producer Aaron Rapaport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight". When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to assassinate him.

Directors: Evan Goldberg, Seth Rogen | Stars: James Franco, Seth Rogen, Randall Park, Lizzy Caplan

Votes: 288,603 | Gross: $6.11M

7. Child 44 (2015)

R | 137 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.5
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41 Metascore

A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

Director: Daniel Espinosa | Stars: Tom Hardy, Gary Oldman, Noomi Rapace, Joel Kinnaman

Votes: 60,221 | Gross: $1.21M

8. Tin Man (2007)

TV-PG | 270 min | Adventure, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

7.2
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A re-imagining of L. Frank Baum's classic "The Wizard of Oz".

Stars: Zooey Deschanel, Alan Cumming, Neal McDonough, Kathleen Robertson

Votes: 12,640

9. Triumph of the Will (1935)

Not Rated | 110 min | Documentary, History, War

7.3
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The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

Director: Leni Riefenstahl | Stars: Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring, Max Amann, Martin Bormann

Votes: 13,904

10. Alice (2009)

Not Rated | 184 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.3
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Everything you know about Alice's adventures in Wonderland is about to be turned upside down in this modern-day miniseries event. Cast includes Kathy Bates, Caterina Scorsone, Matt Frewer, Harry Dean Stanton, and Tim Curry.

Stars: Caterina Scorsone, Andrew Lee Potts, Matt Frewer, Kathy Bates

Votes: 8,916

11. Burnt by the Sun (1994)

R | 135 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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In Soviet Union in 1936, a shadow of Stalin's repressions lie on a famous revolution hero. An accusations of being him a foreign spy are nonsense, and all known that, but a slow process of his life's downfall is already running.

Director: Nikita Mikhalkov | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Ingeborga Dapkunaite, Oleg Menshikov, Nadezhda Mikhalkova

Votes: 13,287 | Gross: $2.62M

12. The Perfect Weapon (2016)

Not Rated | 88 min | Action, Drama, Sci-Fi

3.1
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In the not so distant future, society is controlled by the powerful State and a dictator known as the Director. Condor works as a hitman for the State, but a reunion with someone he thought... See full summary »

Director: Titus Paar | Stars: Steven Seagal, Richard Tyson, Vernon Wells, Johnny Messner

Votes: 1,287

13. Katyn (2007)

Not Rated | 121 min | Drama, History, War

7.0
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81 Metascore

An examination of the Soviet slaughter of thousands of Polish officers and citizens in the Katyn forest in 1940.

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Andrzej Chyra, Maja Ostaszewska, Artur Zmijewski, Danuta Stenka

Votes: 14,490 | Gross: $0.12M

14. The Adventurers (1970)

PG | 171 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.4
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The wealthy playboy son of an assassinated South American diplomat discovers that his father was really murdered on orders of the corrupt president of the country--a man who was his ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Alan Badel, Candice Bergen, Thommy Berggren

Votes: 602

15. Genesis II (1973 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Sci-Fi

6.0
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A scientist who has been preserved in suspended animation wakes up to find himself in a primitive society in the future.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey | Stars: Alex Cord, Mariette Hartley, Ted Cassidy, Percy Rodrigues

Votes: 732

16. Mephisto (1981)

Unrated | 144 min | Drama

7.8
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A German stage actor finds unexpected success and mixed blessings in the popularity of his performance in a Faustian play as the Nazis take power in pre-WWII Germany. As his associates and ... See full summary »

Director: István Szabó | Stars: Klaus Maria Brandauer, Krystyna Janda, Ildikó Bánsági, Rolf Hoppe

Votes: 8,646

17. Animal Farm

Drama | Announced

Feature film based on the novel by George Orwell.

Director: Andy Serkis

18. North Korea: Michael Palin's Journey (2018– )

45 min | Documentary

8.1
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As diplomatic relations between DPRK and South Korea begin to slightly thaw after decades of hostility, comedian and world traveler Michael Palin is allowed to visit North Korea for two weeks and, to a limited extent, explore the country.

Star: Michael Palin

Votes: 308

19. APOCALYPSE Stalin (2015– )

157 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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The rise of Stalin, from his early beginning as a bankrobber to the cold-blooded leader of the Soviet Union.

Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Doug Rand

Votes: 581

20. Centrespread (1981)

Not Rated | 82 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

5.2
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The Story of a photographer's struggle in the glamorous world of nude modeling.

Director: Tony Paterson | Stars: Kylie Foster, Paul Trahair, Mark Watson, Ivor Louis

Votes: 93

21. Kamikaze 89 (1982)

Not Rated | 106 min | Sci-Fi, Thriller

5.8
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In a totalitarian society of the future, in which the government controls all facets of the media, a homicide detective investigates a string of bombings, and finds out more than he bargained for.

Director: Wolf Gremm | Stars: Rainer Werner Fassbinder, Günther Kaufmann, Boy Gobert, Arnold Marquis

Votes: 571 | Gross: $0.02M

22. The Nazis: A Warning from History (1997– )

292 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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An examination of how a cultured people could have allowed Adolf Hitler's rise to power.

Stars: Samuel West, Adolf Buchner, Jutta Rüdiger, Günther Ruschin

Votes: 1,471

23. Chuck Norris vs. Communism (2015)

78 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

7.5
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A hybrid feature about the magic of film and the power it has to change lives.

Director: Ilinca Calugareanu | Stars: Irina Margareta Nistor, Ana Maria Moldovan, Dan Chiorean, Valentin Oncu

Votes: 1,804

24. My Friend Ivan Lapshin (1985)

100 min | Drama

7.7
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Russian provincial town in the middle of the 1930s Stalin's Great Purge. Ivan Lapshin, the head of the local police, does what he has to do. And he does it well.

Director: Aleksey German | Stars: Andrei Boltnev, Nina Ruslanova, Andrey Mironov, Aleksey Zharkov

Votes: 1,763

25. The Way I Spent the End of the World (2006)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama

7.2
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In communist era Romania, people live with hope for a new life of freedom.

Director: Cãtãlin Mitulescu | Stars: Dorotheea Petre, Timotei Duma, Ioan Albu, Sergiu Anghel

Votes: 2,863

26. The Autobiography of Nicolae Ceausescu (2010)

Not Rated | 180 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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87 Metascore

The film explores the image of the Romanian dictator Nicolae Ceausescu using unknown official footage from the Romanian National Television and National Film Archives.

Director: Andrei Ujica | Stars: Nicolae Ceausescu, Elena Ceausescu, Stefan Andrei, Gheorghe Apostol

Votes: 1,292 | Gross: $0.03M

27. The Spy (2012)

108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

5.4
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In the spring of 1941 German agent Wasser of the Abwehr holds an NKVD commissar hostage. Two soldiers, a boxer, and a spy are the NKVD's only hope to rescue him.

Director: Aleksey Andrianov | Stars: Danila Kozlovsky, Fedor Bondarchuk, Anna Chipovskaya, Sergey Gazarov

Votes: 1,120

28. Papers, Please (2013 Video Game)

M | Drama, History

8.2
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In the fictional socialist state of Arstotzka in 1982, a border checkpoint inspector must cope with complex entry regulations, superiors' corruption, terrorists, a mysterious group and the personal drama of the applicants for entry.

Director: Lucas Pope | Star: Ilya Shubochkin

Votes: 782

29. Vulpe - vânator (1993)

102 min | Drama, History

7.0
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Inspired by the overthrow of the Ceausescu regime in Romania, this novelistic feature examines the questions of a society after a revolution has happened, such as guilt and atonement and ... See full summary »

Director: Stere Gulea | Stars: George Alexandru, Cristina Catalina, Dan Condurache, Mara Grigore

Votes: 125

30. Shores of Hope (2012)

116 min | Drama, History

6.6
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The dream of two young men to become sailors collides with the harsh realities of life in East Germany.

Director: Toke Constantin Hebbeln | Stars: Alexander Fehling, August Diehl, Ronald Zehrfeld, Thao Vu

Votes: 460

31. Nazis: The Occult Conspiracy (1998)

104 min | Documentary

7.2
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How Adolf Hitler and the Nazi regime made use of ancient mysticism and occultism to win the war. The Nazi's also used occult mind control techniques to brainwash Germans to perceive themselves as the master-race.

Directors: Tracy Atkinson, Joan Baran | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Michael Kater, Peter Padfield, J.H. Brennan

Votes: 236

32. Videogramme einer Revolution (1992)

106 min | Documentary, History, War

8.2
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Directors: Harun Farocki, Andrei Ujica | Stars: Ion Caramitru, Elena Ceausescu, Nicolae Ceausescu, Mircea Dinescu

Votes: 327

33. Rahab (2011)

20 min | Short, Action, Drama

6.3
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A slave, a spy, a city under siege and a choice to be made that will change their world forever.

Director: Rob McLellan | Stars: Jessica Oyelowo, David Oyelowo, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith, Nick Clark Windo

Votes: 36

34. Trading Germans (2014)

90 min | Documentary

8.0
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A first hand account of one of the biggest cases of human trafficking during the Cold War. A story of greed, courage, hope and remorse.

Director: Razvan Georgescu | Stars: Heinz-Günther Hüsch, Hans-Dietrich Genscher, Klaus Kinkel, Horst Teltschik

Votes: 71

35. Requiem for Dominic (1990)

R | 85 min | Drama

7.3
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A drama between revolution and order, captured partly on film, partly on video adding to the gritty reality of the time, place and events as they unfolds in Eastern Europe as the "Iron Curtain" collapsed.

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Georg Hoffmann-Ostenhof, Georg Metzenrad, Felix Mitterer, Werner Prinz

Votes: 65

36. Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (2006 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Documentary

7.3
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Today Iranian cinema is one of the most highly regarded national cinemas in the world, regularly winning festival awards and critical acclaim for films which combine remarkable artistry and... See full summary »

Director: Nader T. Homayoun | Stars: Rakhshan Banietemad, Bahram Beizai, Farokh Ghafari, Bahman Ghobadi

Votes: 126

37. The Sexterminators (1970)

78 min | Action, Sci-Fi

3.7
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In a future where procreation is policed by the government, one man throws caution to the wind and lives the way he wants to live. That man is Danny Stewart and he'll screw anyone who will let him. This is the story of that man.

Director: John A. Grant | Stars: Charles Cashmere, Jeanette Blake, Rita Kay, Dardanella

Votes: 6

38. Staline: Le tyran rouge (2007 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary

7.5
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Directors: Serge de Sampigny, Mathieu Schwartz, Yvan Demeulandre | Stars: Serge de Sampigny, Tom Morton, Jacques Albaret, Max André

Votes: 62

39. Regimen of Silence (2019)

9 min | Short, Sci-Fi

9.3
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In the "Regimen of Silence", a 16 year old girl will find the power of music to fight the system and free the spirit of an entire Nation.

Director: Sholpan Murabuldayeva | Stars: Ellina Boufal, Joe Clifford, Cwennen Corral, Tyler Garrison

Votes: 7

40. Hitler and Stalin: Twin Tyrants (1999 TV Movie)

78 min | Documentary

6.9
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Director: Simon Finch | Stars: Kira Alliluyeva, John Barber, Denys Blakeway, Yun Brodsky

Votes: 38

41. The Fight for Peace (1938)

Approved | 65 min | Documentary, War

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A documentary about the threat of war breaking out in Europe, focusing on Hitler, Stalin and Mussolini.

Stars: David Ross, Kai-Shek Chiang, Georges Clemenceau, Engelbert Dollfuss

44. Die Angkar (1981)

91 min | Documentary

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Directors: Walter Heynowski, Gerhard Scheumann | Stars: Pol Pot, Khieu Samphan, Ieng Sary

45. Konets epokhi (2014)

38 min | Short, Drama

7.2
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Young doctor Irina Mikhaylovna works in Soviet province and has to hire ex-con Lyuba as baby tender for her daughter. When anti-Semitic company starts in Soviet Union and danger is threatening Irina, Lyuba stays her only devoted friend.

Director: Sofya Chernyshova | Stars: Polina Pakhomova, Nina Loshchinina, Elena Tokmakova-Gorbushina, Mark Lihanov

Votes: 6

46. Rutenbündel (2009)

14 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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An agent is assigned to investigate the vanishing of people under a totalitarian state.

Director: Michael Steinhauser | Star: Frauke Ludwig

47. Hitlers Polizei (2011 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, History

6.6
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Directors: Frank Gutermuth, Holger Hillesheim, Sebastian Kuhn, Wolfgang Schoen | Stars: Christopher Browning, Serge Klarsfeld

Votes: 7

48. Innenansichten - Deutschland 1937 (2012 TV Movie)

59 min | Documentary

7.1
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Director: Michael Kloft | Star: Matthias Brandt

Votes: 42

49. Crowd (2013)

60 min | Documentary

6.7
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In the margins of the city, two lots sharing coincidences are placed in a dialogue. They were both locations for entertainment built by different dictatorships: The Sport City of La Boca ... See full summary »

Director: Martin Oesterheld

Votes: 11

50. Foreign Intrigue (1951–1955)
Episode: The Mills of God (1954)

Crime, Mystery, Thriller

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Michael Powers tries to help a member of the underground battling a communist regime to escape from the country.

Director: Steve Previn | Stars: James Daly, Keve Hjelm



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