Top 80 films in History

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Schindler's List

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated R | 195 min | 1993

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.


Gone with the Wind

Directed by Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Rated G | 238 min | 1939

A manipulative Southern belle carries on a turbulent affair with a blockade runner during the American Civil War.


The Hurt Locker

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | Rated R | 131 min | 2008

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.


All the President's Men

Directed by Alan J. Pakula | Rated PG | 138 min | 1976

"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.


Battleship Potemkin

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein | 66 min | 1925

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.


12 Years a Slave

Directed by Steve McQueen | Rated R | 134 min | 2013

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


Gandhi

Directed by Richard Attenborough | Rated PG | 191 min | 1982

Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.


Ben-Hur

Directed by William Wyler | Rated G | 212 min | 1959

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.


Amadeus

Directed by Milos Forman | Rated R | 160 min | 1984

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.


A Man for All Seasons

Directed by Fred Zinnemann | 120 min | 1966

The story of Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarriage.


Tom Jones

Directed by Tony Richardson | 128 min | 1963

In eighteenth century England, "first cousins" Tom Jones and Master Blifil grew up together in privilege in the western countryside, but could not be more different in nature. Tom, the ...


The Passion of Joan of Arc

Directed by Carl Theodor Dreyer | 114 min | 1928

A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.


Barry Lyndon

Directed by Stanley Kubrick | Rated PG | 184 min | 1975

An Irish rogue wins the heart of a rich widow and assumes her dead husband's aristocratic position in 18th-century England.


Selma

Directed by Ava DuVernay | Rated PG-13 | 128 min | 2014

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


The Birth of a Nation

Directed by D.W. Griffith | 165 min | 1915

The American Civil War divides friends and destroys families, but that's nothing compared to the anarchy in the black-ruled South after the war.


Zero Dark Thirty

Directed by Kathryn Bigelow | Rated R | 157 min | 2012

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.


Henry V

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 137 min | 1944

In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France.


Andrei Rublev

Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky | 205 min | 1966

The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.


Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

Directed by D.W. Griffith | 197 min | 1916

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.


Braveheart

Directed by Mel Gibson | Rated R | 178 min | 1995

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.


The Killing Fields

Directed by Roland Joffé | Rated R | 141 min | 1984

A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.


The Sorrow and the Pity

Directed by Marcel Ophüls | Rated PG | 251 min | 1969

From 1940 to 1944, France's Vichy government collaborated with Nazi Germany. Marcel Ophüls mixes archival footage with 1969 interviews of a German officer and of collaborators and ...


A Passage to India

Directed by David Lean | Rated PG | 164 min | 1984

Cultural mistrust and false accusations doom a friendship in British colonial India between an Indian doctor, an Englishwoman engaged to marry a city magistrate, and an English educator.


Reds

Directed by Warren Beatty | Rated PG | 195 min | 1981

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.


Far from the Madding Crowd

Directed by John Schlesinger | Rated PG | 168 min | 1967

Bathsheba Everdene, a willful, flirtatious, young woman, unexpectedly inherits a large farm and is romantically pursued by three very different men.


Z

Directed by Costa-Gavras | Rated M | 127 min | 1969

Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.


The Leopard

Directed by Luchino Visconti | 187 min | 1963

The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.


Argo

Directed by Ben Affleck | Rated R | 120 min | 2012

Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.


Woodstock

Directed by Michael Wadleigh | Rated R | 184 min | 1970

The film chronicle of the legendary 1969 music festival.


Malcolm X

Directed by Spike Lee | Rated PG-13 | 202 min | 1992

Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.


The Last Emperor

Directed by Bernardo Bertolucci | Rated PG-13 | 163 min | 1987

The story of the final Emperor of China.


United 93

Directed by Paul Greengrass | Rated R | 111 min | 2006

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.


Shoah

Directed by Claude Lanzmann | 566 min | 1985

Claude Lanzmann's epic documentary recounts the story of the Holocaust through interviews with witnesses - perpetrators as well as survivors.


Empire of the Sun

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG | 153 min | 1987

A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II.


The King's Speech

Directed by Tom Hooper | Rated R | 118 min | 2010

The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.


Aguirre, the Wrath of God

Directed by Werner Herzog | 93 min | 1972

In the 16th century, the ruthless and insane Don Lope de Aguirre leads a Spanish expedition in search of El Dorado.


Black Shack Alley

Directed by Euzhan Palcy | Rated PG | 103 min | 1983

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 ...


Daughters of the Dust

Directed by Julie Dash | Rated TV-PG | 112 min | 1991

Languid look at the Gullah culture of the sea islands off the coast of South Carolina and Georgia where African folk-ways were maintained well into the 20th Century and was one of the last ...


Letters from Iwo Jima

Directed by Clint Eastwood | Rated R | 141 min | 2006

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.


Mississippi Burning

Directed by Alan Parker | Rated R | 128 min | 1988

Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.


Mutiny on the Bounty

Directed by Frank Lloyd | 132 min | 1935

Midshipman Roger Byam joins Captain Bligh and Fletcher Christian aboard the HMS Bounty for a voyage to Tahiti. Bligh proves to be a brutal tyrant and, after six pleasant months on Tahiti, ...


Becket

Directed by Peter Glenville | Rated PG-13 | 148 min | 1964

King Henry II of England comes to terms with his affection for his close friend and confidant Thomas à Becket, who finds his true honor by observing God's divine will rather than the king's.


Milk

Directed by Gus Van Sant | Rated R | 128 min | 2008

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California's first openly gay elected official.


The Lion in Winter

Directed by Anthony Harvey | Rated PG | 134 min | 1968

1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.


Zulu

Directed by Cy Endfield | 138 min | 1964

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.


The Right Stuff

Directed by Philip Kaufman | Rated PG | 193 min | 1983

The story of the original Mercury 7 astronauts and their macho, seat-of-the-pants approach to the space program.


Good Night, and Good Luck.

Directed by George Clooney | Rated PG | 93 min | 2005

Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy.


Julius Caesar

Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz | 120 min | 1953

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.


Macbeth

Directed by Roman Polanski | Rated R | 140 min | 1971

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.


Question 7

Directed by Stuart Rosenberg | Rated N/A | 106 min | 1961

Suspenseful story of a boy and his father, each forced to decide his future on his willingness to stand up for what he believes.


Quiz Show

Directed by Robert Redford | Rated PG-13 | 133 min | 1994

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.


The Longest Day

Directed by Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck | Rated G | 178 min | 1962

The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.


The Post

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 116 min | 2017

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.


Richard III

Directed by Laurence Olivier | 161 min | 1955

Shakespeare's powerful tale of the wicked deformed king and his conquests, both on the battlefield and in the boudoir.


The Dam Busters

Directed by Michael Anderson | 105 min | 1955

The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.


Elizabeth

Directed by Shekhar Kapur | Rated R | 124 min | 1998

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.


Caravaggio

Directed by Derek Jarman | Rated N/A | 93 min | 1986

A retelling of the life of the celebrated 17th-century painter through his brilliant, nearly blasphemous paintings and his flirtations with the underworld.


Ivan the Terrible, Part I

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein | 95 min | 1945

During the early part of his reign, Ivan the Terrible faces betrayal from the aristocracy and even his closest friends as he seeks to unite the Russian people.


Napoleon

Directed by Abel Gance | Rated N/A | 240 min | 1927

A film about the French Field Marshal's youth and early military career.


Alexander Nevsky

Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein, Dmitriy Vasilev | 112 min | 1938

The story of how a great Russian prince led a ragtag army to battle an invading force of Teutonic Knights.


Munich

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated R | 164 min | 2005

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.


Senso

Directed by Luchino Visconti | 118 min | 1954

A troubled and neurotic Italian Countess betrays her entire country for a self-destructive love affair with an Austrian Lieutenant.


The Scarlet Empress

Directed by Josef von Sternberg | 104 min | 1934

Young Princess Sophia of Germany is taken to Russia to marry the half-wit Grand Duke Peter, son of the Empress. The domineering Empress hopes to improve the royal blood line. Sophia doesn't...


In the Realm of the Senses

Directed by Nagisa Ôshima | Rated X | 109 min | 1976

A passionate telling of the story of Sada Abe, a woman whose affair with her master led to a sexual obsession which then came to a violent end.


The Favourite

Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos | Rated R | 119 min | 2018

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.


The Times of Harvey Milk

Directed by Rob Epstein | 90 min | 1984

A documentary of the successful career and assassination of San Francisco's first elected gay councilor.


Apollo 13

Directed by Ron Howard | Rated PG | 140 min | 1995

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.


Is Paris Burning?

Directed by René Clément | Rated N/A | 173 min | 1966

The departure of the German army from Paris in 1944.


Salvatore Giuliano

Directed by Francesco Rosi | 125 min | 1962

The unclear and complicate twists between governal powers, independentist party and Mafia in the Sicily of the '40s culminate with the death of Salvatore Giuliano.


The Great Escape

Directed by John Sturges | 172 min | 1963

Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.


The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara

Directed by Errol Morris | Rated PG-13 | 107 min | 2003

The story of America as seen through the eyes of the former Secretary of Defense under President John F. Kennedy and President Lyndon Johnson, Robert McNamara.


Lincoln

Directed by Steven Spielberg | Rated PG-13 | 150 min | 2012

As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.


Quo Vadis, Aida?

Directed by Jasmila Zbanic | Rated Approved | 101 min | 2020

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.


Anne of the Thousand Days

Directed by Charles Jarrott | Rated M | 145 min | 1969

Henry VIII of England discards one wife, Katharine of Aragon, who has failed to produce a male heir, in favor of the young and beautiful Anne Boleyn.


Dunkirk

Directed by Christopher Nolan | Rated PG-13 | 106 min | 2017

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.


Evita

Directed by Alan Parker | Rated PG | 135 min | 1996

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.


The Cardinal

Directed by Otto Preminger | 175 min | 1963

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.


The Robe

Directed by Henry Koster | 135 min | 1953

In the Roman province of Judea during the 1st century, Roman tribune Marcellus Gallio is ordered to crucify Jesus of Nazareth but is tormented by his guilty conscience afterwards.


Hacksaw Ridge

Directed by Mel Gibson | Rated R | 139 min | 2016

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.


Mr. Turner

Directed by Mike Leigh | Rated R | 150 min | 2014

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

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