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1. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 601,824 | Gross: $56.67M

2. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 182,340 | Gross: $169.61M

3. Gangs of New York (2002)

R | 167 min | Crime, Drama

7.5
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72 Metascore

In 1862, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 385,421 | Gross: $77.81M

4. First Man (2018)

PG-13 | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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84 Metascore

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler

Votes: 145,909 | Gross: $44.94M

5. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 244,227 | Gross: $113.33M

6. The Untouchables (1987)

R | 119 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

7.9
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79 Metascore

During the era of Prohibition in the United States, Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop ruthless Chicago gangster Al Capone and, because of rampant corruption, assembles a small, hand-picked team to help him.

Director: Brian De Palma | Stars: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro, Charles Martin Smith

Votes: 264,676 | Gross: $76.27M

7. Detroit (2017)

R | 143 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.3
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77 Metascore

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: John Boyega, Anthony Mackie, Algee Smith, Jacob Latimore

Votes: 43,608 | Gross: $16.79M

8. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.6
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

Votes: 25,081 | Gross: $10.77M

9. Selma (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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85 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 80,134 | Gross: $52.08M

10. J. Edgar (2011)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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59 Metascore

J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly fifty years, looks back on his professional and personal life.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Josh Hamilton

Votes: 118,412 | Gross: $37.31M

11. United 93 (2006)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.5
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90 Metascore

A real-time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on September 11th, 2001 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Director: Paul Greengrass | Stars: David Alan Basche, Olivia Thirlby, Liza Colón-Zayas, J.J. Johnson

Votes: 94,957 | Gross: $31.57M

12. Lee Daniels' The Butler (I) (2013)

PG-13 | 132 min | Biography, Drama

7.2
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66 Metascore

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.

Director: Lee Daniels | Stars: Forest Whitaker, Oprah Winfrey, John Cusack, Jane Fonda

Votes: 104,702 | Gross: $116.63M

13. The Conspirator (2010)

PG-13 | 122 min | Crime, Drama, History

6.9
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55 Metascore

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

Director: Robert Redford | Stars: Robin Wright, James McAvoy, Tom Wilkinson, Kevin Kline

Votes: 26,834 | Gross: $11.54M

14. Bobby (I) (2006)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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54 Metascore

The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same.

Director: Emilio Estevez | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Demi Moore, Sharon Stone, Harry Belafonte

Votes: 40,424 | Gross: $11.24M

15. Nixon (1995)

R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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66 Metascore

A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, Powers Boothe, Ed Harris

Votes: 27,638 | Gross: $13.56M

16. 13th (2016)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary, Crime, News

8.2
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88 Metascore

An in-depth look at the prison system in the United States and how it reveals the nation's history of racial inequality.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: Melina Abdullah, Michelle Alexander, Cory Booker, Dolores Canales

Votes: 21,311

17. LBJ (2016)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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54 Metascore

Lyndon B. Johnson aligns himself with John F. Kennedy, rises to the Presidency, and deals with the civil rights struggles of the 1960s.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Michael Stahl-David, Richard Jenkins, Jennifer Jason Leigh

Votes: 5,039 | Gross: $2.47M

18. I Am Not Your Negro (2016)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary

7.8
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95 Metascore

Writer James Baldwin tells the story of race in modern America with his unfinished novel, Remember This House.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Samuel L. Jackson, James Baldwin, Martin Luther King, Malcolm X

Votes: 14,956 | Gross: $7.12M

19. The Untold History of the United States (2012–2013)

58 min | Documentary, History, War

8.6
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Oliver Stone's re-examination of under-reported events in American history.

Stars: Oliver Stone, Alan Shearman, Jim Ward, André Sogliuzzo

Votes: 7,488

20. The Whitest Kids U'Know (2007–2011)

TV-MA | 15 min | Comedy

8.4
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A sketch comedy show involving five friends.

Stars: Trevor Moore, Sam Brown, Zach Cregger, Darren Trumeter

Votes: 4,492

21. Auction Hunters (2010– )

30 min | Reality-TV

5.9
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Auction Hunters, Allen Haff and Ton Jones, travel America bidding on unclaimed storage units they think will contain the most hidden treasure - worth big cash - the better the history the higher the price.

Stars: Allen Lee Haff, Clinton 'Ton' Jones, Laura Soares, Flula Borg

Votes: 3,013

22. Drunk History (2007–2011)

TV-14 | Short, Comedy, History

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The original sketches from Funny or Die where someone gets drunk and tries to recount a historical event.

Stars: Derek Waters, Jen Kirkman, Jack Black, Eric Falconer

Votes: 1,696

23. Amigo (2010)

R | 124 min | Drama, War

5.8
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63 Metascore

A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War.

Director: John Sayles | Stars: Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt, Arthur Acuña

Votes: 526 | Gross: $0.18M

24. America: Imagine the World Without Her (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Documentary

5.4
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15 Metascore

A story that questions the shaming of the US through revisionist history, lies and omissions by educational institutions, political organizations, Alinsky, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and other progressives to destroy America.

Directors: Dinesh D'Souza, John Sullivan | Stars: Dinesh D'Souza, Barack Obama, Josh Bonzie, Rich Bentz

Votes: 6,409 | Gross: $14.44M

25. Gettysburg (2011 TV Movie)

85 min | Documentary, History, War

6.4
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An examination of the Battle of Gettysberg on both the personal and strategic level.

Director: Adrian Moat | Stars: Sam Rockwell, George Wunderlich, Peter Carmichael, Garry E. Adelman

Votes: 446

26. The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)

R | 96 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.3
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The true love story of the conflict between Captain Robert Adams' dedication to the south, and his love for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the north. Produced, written, and directed by the descendants of Robert and Eveline, this American Civil War tale is an explosive, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, honor and the will to risk all that's precious for love or country.

Directors: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller | Stars: Julian Adams, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Amy Redford

Votes: 376

27. The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)

Passed | 103 min | Drama, History

5.7
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President Andrew Jackson's friendship with an innkeeper's daughter spells trouble for them both.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Joan Crawford, Robert Taylor, Lionel Barrymore, Franchot Tone

Votes: 968 | Gross: $1.46M

28. A Huey P. Newton Story (2001 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 86 min | Documentary, Biography

7.1
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The story of how the radical Huey P. Newton developed the Black Panther Party based on his 10-point program for social reform.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: Roger Guenveur Smith, Rahum Brown, Georgina Ransley, Marlon Brando

Votes: 662

29. The Pruitt-Igoe Myth (2011)

Not Rated | 79 min | Documentary

7.5
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70 Metascore

Destroyed in a dramatic and highly-publicized implosion, the Pruitt-Igoe public housing complex has become a widespread symbol of failure amongst architects, politicians and policy makers. ... See full summary »

Director: Chad Freidrichs | Stars: Slyvester Brown, Irvin Dagen, Elmer Fiedler, Robert Fishman

Votes: 775 | Gross: $0.04M

30. Art of War (2009 TV Movie)

91 min | Documentary, History, War

7.5
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Documentary on the main principles of Sun Tzu's "Art of War" illustrated with examples from the Vietnam War (Demoralization), the Second World War (Invasion of Normandy), the American Civil War (Gettysburg) and Tzu's own battles.

Director: David Padrusch | Stars: James Lurie, James Wong, Toshishiro Obata, Andrew Amani

Votes: 128

31. Black Memorabilia (2018)

63 min | Documentary

6.1
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Our modern global economy connects disparate individuals in unexpected ways. At the intersection of international commerce, racial identity, and historical narrative, this story follows the... See full summary »

Director: Chico Colvard | Star: Malcolm X

Votes: 31

32. Mary Silliman's War (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 93 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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Mary Silliman's War is a unique, award-winning film on the American Revolution.

Director: Stephen Surjik | Stars: Nancy Palk, Richard Donat, Diane D'Aquila, Paul Boretski

Votes: 61

33. ...And the Pursuit of Happiness (1986 TV Movie)

80 min | Documentary

7.2
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After acknowledging his own immigrant background, Malle, tries to present the range of immigrant experiences in the US during the 1980's. In an attempt to be comprehensive, the film ... See full summary »

Director: Louis Malle | Stars: Franklin Chang-Diaz, Louis Malle, Anastasio Samosa Portocarrero, Derek Walcott

Votes: 376

34. We Were There (2011)

103 min | Documentary

6.3
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This film captures the voices of America's greatest generation, as they share their stories of duty, service, and responsibility during World War II. While the tumultuous global events of ... See full summary »

Director: Jarod O'Flaherty

Votes: 10

35. Class Dismissed: How TV Frames the Working Class (2005 Video)

62 min | Documentary

7.6
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Based on the forthcoming book by Pepi Leistyna, Class Dismissed navigates the steady stream of narrow working class representations from American television's beginnings to today's sitcoms,... See full summary »

Director: Loretta Alper | Stars: Stanley Aranowitz, Edward Asner, Roseanne Barr, George W. Bush

Votes: 51

36. What Was Ours (2016)

G | 79 min | Documentary, History, War

7.7
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A Shoshone veteran, a teenage powwow princess, and an Arapaho journalist discover their purpose on the Wind River Indian Reservation as they seek lost artifacts.

Director: Mat Hames

Votes: 25

37. King (2008 TV Movie)

120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.9
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Forty years after Martin Luther King s assassination, HISTORY, with newsman Tom Brokaw, takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. KING goes... See full summary »

Stars: Juanita Abernathy, Harry Belafonte, Tom Brokaw, Xernona Clayton

Votes: 17

38. The Kay Griggs Interviews (1998– )

History, Talk-Show

7.6
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Pastor Rick Strawcutter interviews Katharine Pollard Griggs, the wife of Marine Corps Colonel George Griggs, about the history of the U.S. military and the power elite.

Stars: Kay Griggs, Rick Strawcutter

Votes: 7

39. The Conspirator: Mary Surratt and the Plot to Kill Lincoln (2011 TV Movie)

66 min | Documentary, History

7.2
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Add a Plot

Director: Tom Jennings | Stars: Jamie Hanes, Frederic L. Borch, James M. McPherson, Kate Clifford Larson

Votes: 36

40. Inside Buffalo (2010)

59 min | Documentary, Biography, History

6.4
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The historic account of the 92nd Infantry Division, the African American segregated combat unit who fought in World War Two.

Directors: Fred Kudjo Kuwornu, Patrick Jeffrey | Stars: Howard Fletcher, Joe Hairston, James McBride, Joe Stephenson

Votes: 8

41. Crash Course: World History (2012– )

10 min | Documentary, Comedy, History

8.3
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An educational series hosted by the Brothers Green. John leads us through the humanities while Hank takes us on a journey through the sciences.

Stars: John Green, Stan Muller, Danica Johnson, Raoul Meyer

Votes: 269

42. The Royal Road (2015)

Not Rated | 65 min | Documentary, History

6.3
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65 Metascore

A cinematic essay in defense of remembering, The Royal Road offers up a primer on the Spanish colonization of California and the Mexican American War alongside intimate reflections on ... See full summary »

Director: Jenni Olson | Stars: Tony Kushner, Jenni Olson

Votes: 63

43. Amado M. Peña, Jr: From Culture to Canvas (2012)

60 min | Documentary

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Multi-Award winning Songwriter, Singer, Artist and Friend Holly Dunn shares, An artist cannot be separated from their background and life experiences. With no conscious intention or effort,... See full summary »

Director: Margot Perez-Greene | Stars: Odie Arambula, Jim Arndt, Diana Beach-Stamper, Rt. Branson

44. Uncle Sam Magoo (1970 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 60 min | Animation

7.5
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Mr. Magoo heads to Hollywood, where he tries to get a part in a movie.

Director: Abe Levitow | Stars: Jim Backus, Lennie Weinrib, Bob Holt, Patti Gilbert

Votes: 31

45. All the Presidents' Movies: The Movie (2009)

105 min | Documentary

5.8
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The history of the White House Theatre, presidential movie screenings and preferences, from Woodrow Wilson to Barack Obama.

Directors: Brett Hudson, Burt Kearns | Stars: Linda Chavez, Lionel Chetwynd, Mark Ciardi, Bill Clinton

Votes: 6

46. Faubourg Tremé: The Untold Story of Black New Orleans (2008)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary

8.7
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Faubourg Treme documents the enduring legacy of one of the United States' oldest African American communities, an area just outside the French Quarter of New Orleans.

Director: Dawn Logsdon | Stars: Glen David Andrews, Harold Evans, Eric Foner, John Hope Franklin

Votes: 65

47. Recognition of the Japanese Zero Fighter (1943)

Passed | 19 min | Documentary, Short, History

5.0
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Military training film on the characteristics, capabilities, weaknesses, and recognition of the World War II Japanese fighter aircraft known as the Zero.

Director: Bernard Vorhaus | Stars: Art Gilmore, Ronald Reagan, Harvey Stephens, Craig Stevens

Votes: 62

48. Challenging Churchill (2012 TV Movie)

94 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.7
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Churchill, a name typically associated with braveness and altruism. Recently found evidence from Soviet and British sources however brings up questions about Churchill's doings in the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Bardehle | Star: Winston Churchill

Votes: 11

49. In Search of the Constitution (1987)

Not Rated | Documentary, History

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In American history, no document has sparked as much reverence, discussion, and controversy as the Constitution. But how does it really affect our everyday lives? How do ordinary citizens, ... See full summary »

Stars: Bill Moyers, Mortimer J. Adler, Harry A. Blackmun, Bruce Blair

50. The Greatest Good (2005)

120 min | Documentary, History

6.8
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Part One: The Fight for Conservation In an era of unchecked exploitation, a new breed of leaders emerges with radical ideas about adopting practices that benefit the greatest portion of the... See full summary »

Directors: Steve Dunsky, Dave Steinke

Votes: 13



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