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51. Carry On Up the Khyber (1968)

Not Rated | 88 min | Adventure, Comedy

6.8
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Sir Sidney Ruff-Diamond looks after the British outpost near the Khyber Pass. Protected by the kilted Third Foot and Mouth regiment, you would think they were safe. But the Khazi of Kalabar... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas | Stars: Sidney James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Roy Castle

Votes: 4,104

52. Cobra Verde (1987)

Not Rated | 111 min | Adventure, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

During the 1800s, paroled Brazilian bandit Cobra Verde is sent to West Africa with a few troops to man an old Portuguese fort and to convince the local African ruler to resume the slave trade with Brazil.

Director: Werner Herzog | Stars: Klaus Kinski, King Ampaw, José Lewgoy, Salvatore Basile

Votes: 6,486

53. The Mother and the Whore (1973)

210 min | Drama, Romance

8.0
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The chauvinist Alexandre balances relationships with several women, including the maternal Marie and the sexually liberated Veronika, in the post-1968 intellectual scene of Paris.

Director: Jean Eustache | Stars: Bernadette Lafont, Jean-Pierre Léaud, Françoise Lebrun, Isabelle Weingarten

Votes: 4,475

54. To the Ends of the Earth (2005)

267 min | Drama

7.2
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In 1812, young British aristocrat Edmund Talbot travels by ship to Australia, and learns more about himself and about life than he had ever bargained for.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Jared Harris, Jamie Sives, Richard McCabe

Votes: 1,981

55. The Ugly American (1963)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.7
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An ambitious scholar becomes the ambassador of Sarkan, a southeast Asian country where civil war is brewing.

Director: George Englund | Stars: Marlon Brando, Eiji Okada, Sandra Church, Pat Hingle

Votes: 1,703

56. The Letter (1940)

Not Rated | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

7.6
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The wife of a rubber plantation administrator shoots a man to death and claims it was self-defense, but a letter in her own hand may prove her undoing.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Bette Davis, Herbert Marshall, James Stephenson, Frieda Inescort

Votes: 10,463

57. Chinese Box (1997)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

6.3
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The story of Hong Kong, from New Year's Day to June 30th, 1997, when the British left their colony and turned it over to the People's Republic of China.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Li Gong, Maggie Cheung, Michael Hui

Votes: 2,979 | Gross: $2.20M

58. Days of Glory (2006)

R | 120 min | Drama, War

7.0
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82 Metascore

During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Samy Naceri, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Jamel Debbouze

Votes: 13,397 | Gross: $0.32M

59. All the Rivers Run (1983)

400 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Orphaned after a shipwreck off the Victorian coast of Australia, the beautiful and spirited Philadelphia Gordon finds both love and adventure aboard a paddle-steamer on the Murray River.

Stars: John Waters, John Alansu, Sigrid Thornton, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell

Votes: 542

60. Black Venus (2010)

Not Rated | 159 min | Drama, History

6.8
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The story of Saartjes Baartman, a Black domestic who, in 1808, left Southern Africa, then ruled by Dutch settlers, for Europe, following her boss Hendrick Caesar , hoping to find fame and ... See full summary »

Director: Abdellatif Kechiche | Stars: Yahima Torres, Andre Jacobs, Olivier Gourmet, Elina Löwensohn

Votes: 2,260

61. 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: 2,752 | Gross: $0.14M

62. White Material (2009)

Not Rated | 106 min | Drama, War

6.9
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81 Metascore

Amidst turmoil and racial conflict in a Francophone African state, a white French woman fights for her coffee crop, her family and ultimately for her life.

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Christopher Lambert, Isaach De Bankolé, Nicolas Duvauchelle

Votes: 6,163 | Gross: $0.30M

63. The River (1951)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.5
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Three adolescent girls growing up in Bengal, India, learn their lessons in life after falling for an older American soldier.

Director: Jean Renoir | Stars: Patricia Walters, Nora Swinburne, Esmond Knight, Arthur Shields

Votes: 5,098

64. Young Winston (1972)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.7
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Complex family relationships, as well as a combat experience, form the personality of the future world-known politician.

Director: Richard Attenborough | Stars: Simon Ward, Robert Shaw, Anne Bancroft, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 1,950

65. The First Grader (2010)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.5
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56 Metascore

The story of an 84 year-old Kenyan villager and ex Mau Mau veteran who fights for his right to go to school for the first time to get the education he could never afford.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Naomie Harris, Oliver Litondo, Tony Kgoroge, Alfred Munyua

Votes: 4,089 | Gross: $0.33M

66. Chocolat (1988)

PG-13 | 105 min | Drama

7.3
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A young French woman returns to the vast silence of West Africa to contemplate her childhood days in a colonial outpost in Cameroon. Her strongest memories are of the family's houseboy, ... See full summary »

Director: Claire Denis | Stars: Isaach De Bankolé, Giulia Boschi, François Cluzet, Jean-Claude Adelin

Votes: 2,513 | Gross: $2.32M

67. L'alcova (1985)

86 min | Drama, Romance

4.8
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An English soldier (Cliver) returns home from the Zulu war with the daughter of a tribal king (Gemser) as his slave (a gift that he was given for "saving" the kings life). The spoils of war... See full summary »

Director: Joe D'Amato | Stars: Lilli Carati, Annie Belle, Laura Gemser, Al Cliver

Votes: 394

68. Coup de Torchon (1981)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

7.6
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A pathetic police chief, humiliated by everyone around him, suddenly wants a clean slate in life - and resorts to drastic means to do so.

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Isabelle Huppert, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Marielle

Votes: 4,523

69. C.S.A.: The Confederate States of America (2004)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, War

6.4
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62 Metascore

Through the eyes of a British "documentary", this film takes a satirically humorous, and sometimes frightening, look at the history of an America where the South won the Civil War.

Director: Kevin Willmott | Stars: Greg Kirsch, Renee Patrick, Molly Graham, William Willmott

Votes: 4,524 | Gross: $0.67M

70. Sometimes in April (2005 TV Movie)

TV-MA | 140 min | Drama, History, War

7.9
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When the Hutu nationalists raised arms against their Tutsi countrymen in Rwanda in April 1994, the violent uprising marked the beginning of one of the darkest times in African history which resulted in the deaths of almost 800,000 people.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Idris Elba, Carole Karemera, Pamela Nomvete, Oris Erhuero

Votes: 4,666

71. Wah-Wah (2005)

R | 120 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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61 Metascore

Set at the end of the '60s, as Swaziland is about to receive independence from Great Britain, the film follows the young Ralph Compton, at 12, through his parents' traumatic separation, ... See full summary »

Director: Richard E. Grant | Stars: Nicholas Hoult, Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Gabriel Byrne

Votes: 2,815 | Gross: $0.23M

72. Conduct Unbecoming (1975)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Crime, Mystery

6.4
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At a British Regimental party in Colonial India, the widow of Captain Scarlett is assaulted in the garden, and she accuses one of the newly arrived junior Lieutenants of the crime.

Director: Michael Anderson | Stars: Michael York, Richard Attenborough, Trevor Howard, Stacy Keach

Votes: 516

73. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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This is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Coral Beed

Votes: 8,807 | Gross: $0.87M

74. The Cuba Libre Story (2016)

TV-14 | 52 min | Documentary, History

7.7
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This documentary series recounts the tumultuous history of Cuba, a nation of foreign conquest, freedom fighters and Cold War political machinations.

Stars: Ken Eaken, Jaime Suchlicki, Jean-Pierre Clerc, Michael Zeuske

Votes: 738

75. A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia (1992 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 107 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.0
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Lawrence and Feisal go to argue for Arab independence at the 1919 Paris Peace Conference.

Director: Christopher Menaul | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Alexander Siddig, Denis Quilley, Nicholas Jones

Votes: 443

76. Follow the River (1995 TV Movie)

PG | 91 min | Adventure, Drama

6.4
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An "inspirational" saga of a pioneer woman who is abducted by Shawnee Native Americans.

Director: Martin Davidson | Stars: Sheryl Lee, Ellen Burstyn, Eric Schweig, Tim Guinee

Votes: 404

77. Sammy and Rosie Get Laid (1987)

101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.7
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67 Metascore

Sammy and Rosie are an unconventional middle-class London married couple. They live in the midst of inner-city chaos, surround themselves with intellectual street people, and sleep with ... See full summary »

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Shashi Kapoor, Claire Bloom, Frances Barber, Ayub Khan-Din

Votes: 1,300 | Gross: $1.20M

78. Rebellion (2011)

136 min | Action, Drama, History

6.9
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Dissidents in a French colony attack a police station and take hostages.

Director: Mathieu Kassovitz | Stars: Mathieu Kassovitz, Iabe Lapacas, Malik Zidi, Alexandre Steiger

Votes: 2,415

79. The Rebel (2007)

R | 103 min | Action, Drama, Romance

7.0
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France employs local secret agents in Vietnam 1922 to eliminate resistance. The rebel leader's pretty daughter gets captured. Later an agent seems to have fallen in love with her and helps her escape. He flees, too. Lots of martial arts.

Director: Charlie Nguyen | Stars: Johnny Nguyen, Veronica Ngo, Dustin Nguyen, Thang Nguyen

Votes: 1,985

80. The Roots of Heaven (1958)

Not Rated | 126 min | Adventure, Drama

6.4
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In French Equatorial Africa, an idealist ecologist starts a campaign of public awareness to help save the African elephants from extinction.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Errol Flynn, Juliette Gréco, Trevor Howard, Eddie Albert

Votes: 780

81. His Majesty O'Keefe (1954)

Approved | 91 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

6.2
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A Yankee sea captain has adventures in paradise trying to become an entrepreneur in Micronesia.

Directors: Byron Haskin, Burt Lancaster | Stars: Burt Lancaster, Joan Rice, André Morell, Abraham Sofaer

Votes: 1,053

82. Outside the Law (2010)

Unrated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, War

6.6
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59 Metascore

A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.

Director: Rachid Bouchareb | Stars: Jamel Debbouze, Roschdy Zem, Sami Bouajila, Chafia Boudraa

Votes: 3,449

83. Guns at Batasi (1964)

Approved | 103 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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An anachronistic strict Regimental Sergeant Major, on a remote colonial African army caught in a local coup d'etat, must use his experience to defend those in his care.

Director: John Guillermin | Stars: Richard Attenborough, Jack Hawkins, Flora Robson, John Leyton

Votes: 1,211

84. The Intended (2002)

R | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

5.8
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42 Metascore

A period drama/thriller about a surveyor and his fiancée who arrive in a remote Malaysian trading post and encounter a closed-fisted ivory trader and her ill-meaning family.

Director: Kristian Levring | Stars: JJ Feild, Janet McTeer, Brenda Fricker, Olympia Dukakis

Votes: 309 | Gross: $0.01M

85. Something of Value (1957)

Approved | 113 min | Drama, War

6.5
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Although Peter and Kimani grew up together, Kimani soon finds that different races are treated differently. After Kimani's father is jailed for following tribal customs, Kimani joins a band... See full summary »

Director: Richard Brooks | Stars: Rock Hudson, Dana Wynter, Wendy Hiller, Juano Hernandez

Votes: 836

86. Perfumed Nightmare (1977)

93 min | Comedy, Drama

7.1
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A Filipino jeepney driver (Kidlat Tahimik) who idolizes America's space program comes to reject the rapid encroachment of technology.

Director: Kidlat Tahimik | Stars: Kidlat Tahimik, Mang Fely, Dolores Santamaria, Georgette Baudry

Votes: 379

87. Black Shack Alley (1983)

PG | 103 min | Drama, History

7.3
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Martinique, in the early 1930s. Young José and his grandmother live in a small village. Nearly everyone works cutting cane and barely earning a living. The overseer can fine a worker for ... See full summary »

Director: Euzhan Palcy | Stars: Garry Cadenat, Darling Légitimus, Douta Seck, Joby Bernabé

Votes: 778

88. The Ceremony (1971)

123 min | Comedy, Drama

7.3
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Upon receiving a shocking telegram from his cousin, a man recounts his early life, as a member of a broad family full of dark secrets that slowly reveal themselves through the clan ceremonies.

Director: Nagisa Ôshima | Stars: Kenzô Kawarasaki, Atsuko Kaku, Atsuo Nakamura, Kiyoshi Tsuchiya

Votes: 801

89. King Solomon's Mines (1937)

Not Rated | 77 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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White hunter Allan Quartermain and his enigmatic guide help a young Irish woman locate her missing father in unexplored Darkest Africa.

Directors: Robert Stevenson, Geoffrey Barkas | Stars: Paul Robeson, Cedric Hardwicke, Roland Young, John Loder

Votes: 964

90. Utu (1983)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.0
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In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson

Votes: 862

91. Against the Wind (1978)

50 min | Drama, History

8.1
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Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to... See full summary »

Stars: Mary Larkin, Kerry McGuire, Jon English, Warwick Sims

Votes: 726

92. Sara Dane (1982– )

Not Rated | 250 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.5
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The lavish, passionate story of a beautiful convict girl, Sara Dane who is transported from England to Australia for a crime she did not commit. She struggle for freedom and independence against almost impossible odds.

Stars: Juliet Jordan, Harold Hopkins, Barry Quin, Brenton Whittle

Votes: 37

93. The Deceivers (1988)

PG-13 | 102 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

6.1
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Fact-based account of a secret society of murderers, and of the man who exposed them in British India 1825.

Director: Nicholas Meyer | Stars: Pierce Brosnan, Saeed Jaffrey, Shashi Kapoor, Helena Michell

Votes: 867 | Gross: $0.35M

94. The Chess Players (1977)

Not Rated | 129 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.7
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Wazed Ali Shah was the ruler of one of the last independent kingdoms of India. The British, intent on controlling this rich country, had sent General Outram on a secret mission to clear the... See full summary »

Director: Satyajit Ray | Stars: Sanjeev Kumar, Saeed Jaffrey, Shabana Azmi, Farida Jalal

Votes: 2,735

95. The Best of Enemies (1961)

104 min | Adventure, Comedy, War

6.8
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In 1941 during the desert war in Abyssinia the Italian captain Blasi and the British major Richardson alternate between being bitter enemies or best friends depending on the circumstances.

Director: Guy Hamilton | Stars: David Niven, Alberto Sordi, Amedeo Nazzari, Michael Wilding

Votes: 505

96. Toussaint Louverture (2012– )

180 min | History

7.1
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Stars: Jimmy Jean-Louis, Aïssa Maïga, Yann Ebonge, Arthur Jugnot

Votes: 77

97. Kranti (1981)

187 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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The story of India's freedom struggle between the years 1825 and 1875.

Director: Manoj Kumar | Stars: Dilip Kumar, Manoj Kumar, Shashi Kapoor, Hema Malini

Votes: 733

98. Bengal Brigade (1954)

Approved | 87 min | Adventure, History, War

5.7
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Set during British India 1857, Captain Clayboune (Rock Hudson) is faced with restoring his reputation after being harshly disciplined for disobeying orders.

Director: Laslo Benedek | Stars: Rock Hudson, Arlene Dahl, Ursula Thiess, Torin Thatcher

Votes: 329

99. Gold Coast (2015)

114 min | Drama, History, Romance

5.3
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In 1836 the Danish romantic visionary Wulff travels to Africa to create plantations on the Gold Coast, but his best intentions and belief is soon confronted with a harsh reality dominated by slave trade and unbelievable brutality.

Director: Daniel Dencik | Stars: Jakob Oftebro, Danica Curcic, John Aggrey, Luise Skov

Votes: 569

100. Let Joy Reign Supreme (1975)

Not Rated | 114 min | Drama, History, War

7.1
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France, 1719. Four years after Louix XIV's death, Philippe d'Orleans is the regent for the nine-year-old Louis XIV. Philippe is a liberal and a libertine. His right-hand man, Dubois, an ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier | Stars: Philippe Noiret, Jean Rochefort, Jean-Pierre Marielle, Christine Pascal

Votes: 1,215



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