With David L. Wolper Productions (Sorted by Popularity Ascending)



1. Roots (1977)

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

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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: 15,082

2. 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: 8,749

3. 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: 4,324

4. Surviving Picasso (1996)

R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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The passionate Merchant Ivory drama tells the story of Françoise Gilot (Natascha McElhone), the only lover of Pablo Picasso (Sir Anthony Hopkins) who was strong enough to withstand his ferocious cruelty, and move on with her life.

Director: James Ivory | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Natascha McElhone, Julianne Moore, Joss Ackland

Votes: 6,518 | Gross: $2.00M

5. 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: 2,146

6. Victory at Entebbe (1976 TV Movie)

Unrated | 119 min | Action, Drama, History

6.1
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In 1976, terrorists hijack an Air France airplane, and divert it to Uganda, where they demand to exchange their hostages for fellow terrorists held in Israeli jails.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: Helmut Berger, Linda Blair, Kirk Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss

Votes: 939

7. Roots: The Gift (1988 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama, History

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In December 1775, Kunta Kinte and Fiddler accompany their owner to another plantation at Christmas time and they learn that the son of the owner helps slaves escape, and the two of them try... See full summary »

Director: Kevin Hooks | Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton, Avery Brooks, Kate Mulgrew

Votes: 432

8. National Geographic Specials (1965– )

60 min | Documentary, History

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For over 30 years, the National Geographic Society has presented specials on nature, foreign culture, scientific breakthroughs, and things which fall under the general category of "neat ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Scourby, Leslie Nielsen, Joseph Campanella, Richard Kiley

Votes: 275

9. The Man Who Saw Tomorrow (1981)

PG | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.1
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Hosted by Orson Welles, this documentary utilizes a grab bag of dramatized scenes, stock footage, TV news clips and interviews to ask: Did 16th century French astrologer and physician ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Guenette | Stars: Orson Welles, Philip L. Clarke, Ray Laska, Bob Ruggiero

Votes: 940

10. Napoleon and Josephine: A Love Story (1987– )

285 min | History, Romance, War

7.3
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Epic story about the romance between the most powerful man in the world and the woman who conquered his heart.

Stars: Armand Assante, Jacqueline Bisset, Stephanie Beacham, Anthony Higgins

Votes: 391

11. The Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau (1966–1976)

60 min | Documentary, Adventure

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The aquatic explorations of Jacques-Yves Cousteau and the crew of the Calypso.

Stars: Jacques-Yves Cousteau, Rod Serling, Joseph Campanella, Philippe Cousteau Sr.

Votes: 350

12. This Is Elvis (1981)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Music

7.5
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The life and career of Elvis Presley are chronicled in home movies, concert footage, and dramatizations. Subjects include early performances, army service, Ed Sullivan Show appearance, marriage, 1968 comeback, health decline and death.

Directors: Malcolm Leo, Andrew Solt | Stars: Elvis Presley, David Scott, Paul Boensch III, Johnny Harra

Votes: 1,027 | Gross: $2.03M

13. Dillinger (1991 TV Movie)

90 min | Action, Biography, Crime

6.5
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The film is based on the actual events of the pursuit of American bank robber John Dillinger during the 1930s.

Director: Rupert Wainwright | Stars: Mark Harmon, Sherilyn Fenn, Will Patton, Bruce Abbott

Votes: 426

14. Lincoln (1974– )

Biography, Drama, History

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The life of Abraham Lincoln is told in episodic parts.

Stars: Hal Holbrook, Sada Thompson, Michael Cristofer, James Carroll Jordan

Votes: 63

15. The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich (1968 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, History, War

7.9
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"The Rise and Fall of the Third Reich" exposes the darkest chapter in history, from Adolf Hitler's rise to power as a Nazi demagogue to his ultimate fatal mistakes. Researchers spent ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Kaufman | Stars: Richard Basehart, Ernst Hanfstaengl, Erich Kempka, Hjalmar Schacht

Votes: 239

16. The Betty Ford Story (1987 TV Movie)

96 min | Biography, Drama

6.4
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Based on the life of the former first lady, this film depicts the ups and downs of Betty Ford, the wife of President Gerald Ford. While Betty seems to ease into her prominent role in the ... See full summary »

Director: David Greene | Stars: Gena Rowlands, Josef Sommer, Nan Woods, Concetta Tomei

Votes: 83

17. Four Days in November (1964)

Not Rated | 122 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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From more than eight million feet of newsreels, amateur footage, tape-recordings and more, David L. Wolper presents a priceless detailed account of the time and events surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Richard Basehart, John Brewer, Raymond Buck, Earle Cabell

Votes: 420

18. Brenda Starr (1976 TV Movie)

90 min | Adventure

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A newspaper reporter trying to track down a hermit-like billionaire goes to the Brazilian jungle, where she finds herself in the middle of an extortion plot, voodoo and supernatural occurrences.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Jill St. John, Jed Allan, Sorrell Booke, Tabi Cooper

Votes: 35

19. Fatal Deception: Mrs. Lee Harvey Oswald (1993 TV Movie)

88 min | Biography

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The story of the widow of Lee Harvey Oswald, the man accused of shooting President Kennedy. Via flashbacks, the story traces the woman's life from her days in Russia, the turmoil following ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Helena Bonham Carter, Robert Picardo, Frank Whaley, Bill Bolender

Votes: 179

20. Appointment with Destiny (1971–1973)

60 min | Documentary

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In my first post, I was talking about the film, Appointment with Destiny: The Last Days of John Dillinger (1971).

Stars: Lorne Greene, James Mason, Rod Serling, Hal Holbrook

Votes: 15

21. Men of the Dragon (1974 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 74 min | Action, Crime, Drama

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Two men and a woman, all friends and martial arts experts, visit Hong Kong, where they grew up. When the woman disappears, the men find out that she has been kidnapped by white slavers, and... See full summary »

Director: Harry Falk | Stars: Jared Martin, Katie Saylor, Robert Ito, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 49

22. What Price Victory (1988 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

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Director: Kevin Connor | Stars: Jim Antonio, Judith Baldwin, Warren Berlinger, Elaine Bilstad

Votes: 21

23. The Thin Blue Line (1966 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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This early film by William Friedkin is a documentary about the American police force and the difficulties they face in combating escalating crime throughout the country.

Director: William Friedkin | Star: Van Heflin

Votes: 17

24. Movin' with Nancy (1967 TV Special)

60 min | Music

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Billed as the "full-hour musical spectacular that won Nancy Sinatra the coveted Hollywood Star of Tomorrow award," this 1967 NBC-TV special, sponsored by Royal Crown Cola, is hosted by ... See full summary »

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Nancy Sinatra, Dean Martin, Lee Hazlewood, David Winters

Votes: 137

25. Hollywood: The Gift of Laughter (1982 TV Movie)

180 min | Documentary, Comedy

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A retrospective look at 60 years of great moments in film comedy, from the 1920s to the present.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Carol Burnett, Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau, Burt Reynolds

Votes: 38

26. They've Killed President Lincoln! (1971 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History

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The events surrounding the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln in 1865, dramatized using simulated documentary footage.

Director: Robert Guenette | Stars: Richard Basehart, Richard Bauer, Mark D'Angelo, Brian Donohue

Votes: 16

27. Time-Life Specials: The March of Time (1965–1966)

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: William Conrad, Henry Fonda

Votes: 6

28. Specials for United Artists: Trial at Nuremberg (1964 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Documentary

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This 1964 film shows the capture of and preparation for the prosecution of the principal defendants at the International Military Tribunal at Nuremberg. There is a rare scene of the Rudolf ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Flaum | Star: Richard Basehart

29. The Bold Men (1965 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: William Friedkin | Star: Van Heflin

Votes: 6

30. The Legendary Curse of the Hope Diamond (1975 TV Movie)

60 min | Drama, History

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The curse of the legendary blue Hope Diamond on all its owners is dramatized from the gem's discovery in 17th Century India until its donation to the Smithsonian Institute.

Director: Delbert Mann | Stars: Jim Boles, Elaine Bolton, Christopher Cary, Robert Clary

Votes: 13

31. The Making of the President 1960 (1963)

90 min | Documentary, History

7.4
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The story of the 1960 US Presidential election.

Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Martin Gabel, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon

Votes: 17

32. Hollywood: The Fabulous Era (1962 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Henry Fonda reminisces about the stars and pictures of the glory days of Tinseltown.

Director: Jack Haley Jr. | Stars: Lauren Bacall, Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Gary Cooper

Votes: 12

33. The Really Big Family (1966)

51 min | Documentary, Family

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Documentary film about the Duke family of Seattle, who had 18 children.

Director: Alexander Grasshoff | Stars: Bill Dukes, Louise Dukes, Henry Fonda

Votes: 15

34. With Love, Sophia (1967 TV Special)

52 min | Comedy, Musical

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Sophia puts the spotlight on her life with music. At her Rome villa, Peter Sellers is WWII Axis officer and Jonathan Winters a 16th century sculptor. Sophia sings "Out of Town" to children and animals. Tony voices "Summertime in Rome."

Director: Michael Pfleghar | Stars: Sophia Loren, Jonathan Winters, Marcello Mastroianni, Peter Sellers

Votes: 10

35. Plimpton! Shoot-Out at Rio Lobo (1970 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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George Plimpton got a job playing one of the bad guys in the Howard Hawks-directed John Wayne Western "Rio Lobo." In this special we see him talking to Hawks about whether he'll be killed ... See full summary »

Director: William Kronick | Stars: Jack Elam, Victor French, Howard Hawks, David Huddleston

Votes: 8

36. Men from Boys: The First Eight Weeks (1968 TV Movie)

51 min | Documentary

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Directors: David H. Vowell, Donald Wrye | Star: Gary Merrill

37. Hollywood: The Golden Years (1961 TV Movie)

52 min | Documentary, History

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Host Gene Kelly takes a nostalgic look at silent films from their earliest beginnings to the introduction of sound with "The Jazz Singer."

Director: David L. Wolper | Stars: Gene Kelly, D.W. Griffith, Renée Adorée, Roscoe 'Fatty' Arbuckle

Votes: 36

38. Love from A to Z (1974 TV Movie)

60 min | Comedy, Musical

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Director: Mel Stuart | Stars: Charles Aznavour, Liza Minnelli

40. Escape to Freedom (1963 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Marshall Flaum | Star: Richard Basehart

41. Flight: The Sky's the Limit (1974 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Robert Young | Star: Barry Sullivan

42. The World of Animals: Big Cats, Little Cats (1968 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Hosted by Lorne Greene this hour long special took a look at all kinds if cats: big and little, wild and domestic. It also has a nice piece about "Room 8" who was a cat at the Elysian ... See full summary »

Director: Bud Wiser | Star: Lorne Greene

43. The Yanks Are Coming (1963)

Not Rated | 45 min | Documentary

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A documentary--nominated for an Academy Award--about the American involvement in World War I.

Director: Marshall Flaum | Star: Richard Basehart

44. Hollywood: The Great Stars (1963 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 51 min | Documentary, History

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Host Henry Fonda follows the creation of the star system with Mary Pickford in the Silent Era through its demise in the early Sixties.

Director: Marshall Flaum | Stars: Henry Fonda, Walter Abel, June Allyson, George Arliss

Votes: 54

45. The Yanks Are Coming (1974 TV Movie)

Drama, History

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An hour-long documentary-style World War I drama, blending archival footage with a fictionalized account of four idealistic college buddies who ship off to France as doughboys. One of four ... See full summary »

Director: Ed Spiegel | Stars: David Huffman, Christopher Curry, Dennis Kear, Paulette Attie

46. Los Angeles: Where It's At (1969 TV Movie)

50 min | Documentary

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Directors: Jerome Jacobs, Gary Schlosser | Star: Joseph Campanella

47. The Honorable Sam Houston (1975 TV Movie)

60 min | Biography, History

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The life of Sam Houston, the founding father of the Republic of Texas.

Director: Richard T. Heffron | Stars: Charles Aidman, Norman Alden, Brian Andrews, Jim Antonio

48. The Unexplained: The UFO Connection (1976 TV Movie)

30 min | Documentary

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Directors: Don Horan, Donald A. Ramsey | Stars: Trent Dolan, Ed Griffith

49. Pro Football: Mayhem on a Sunday Afternoon (1965 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: William Friedkin | Star: Van Heflin

Votes: 5

50. Do Blonds Have More Fun? (1967 TV Movie)

60 min | Documentary

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Director: Mel Ferber | Stars: Joyce Brothers, Al Capp, Marya Mannes


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