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Richard III

Richard III

Richard III

IMDb: 7.6
1955
161min

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

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The Egyptian

The Egyptian

The Egyptian

IMDb: 6.6
1954
139min

In eighteenth-dynasty Egypt, Sinuhe, a poor orphan, becomes a brilliant physician and with his friend Horemheb is appointed to the service of the new Pharoah. Sinuhe’s personal triumphs and tragedies are played against the larger canvas of the turbulent events of the 18th dynasty. As Sinuhe is drawn into court intrigues he learns the answers to the questions he has sought since his birth.

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The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller Story

The Glenn Miller Story

IMDb: 7.3
1954
115min

A vibrant tribute to one of America’s legendary bandleaders, charting Glenn Miller’s rise from obscurity and poverty to fame and wealth in the early 1940s.

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Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

Hans Christian Andersen

IMDb: 6.9
1952
112min

The inimitable Danny Kaye stars as famed storyteller Hans Christian Andersen in this charming fictionalized biopic that blends music, romance, comedy and fantasy to trace the life of Denmark’s literary hero. A small-town shoemaker with a knack for spinning yarns, Hans encounters happiness and heartbreak on his road to becoming a full-fledged writer.

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Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc

IMDb: 6.5
1948
145min

In the Fifteenth Century, France is a defeated and ruined nation after the One Hundred Years War against England. The fourteen years old farm girl Joan of Arc claims to hear voices from Heaven asking her to lead God’s Army against Orleans and crowning the weak Dauphin Charles VII as King of France. Joan gathers the people with her faith, forms an army and conquerors Orleans. When her army is ready to attack Paris, the corrupt Charles sells his country to England and dismiss the army. Joan is arrested, sold to the Burgundians England and submitted to a shameful political trial in Rouen castle.

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My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine

My Darling Clementine

IMDb: 7.8
1946
97min

Wyatt Earp and his brothers Morgan and Virgil ride into Tombstone and leave brother James in charge of their cattle herd. On their return they find their cattle stolen and James dead. Wyatt takes on the job of town marshal, making his brothers deputies, and vows to stay in Tombstone until James’ killers are found. He soon runs into the brooding, coughing, hard-drinking Doc Holliday as well as the sullen and vicious Clanton clan. Wyatt discovers the owner of a trinket stolen from James’ dead body and the stage is set for the Earps’ long-awaited revenge.

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The First of the Few

The First of the Few

The First of the Few

IMDb: 7.0
1942
118min

This 1942 fictionalized biopic chronicles the true story of how two of the most remarkable men in aviation history – visionary Spitfire designer R.J. Mitchell and his test pilot Geoffrey Crisp – designed a streamlined monoplane that led to the development of the Spitfire.

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The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees

The Pride of the Yankees

IMDb: 7.8
1942
128min

The story of the life and career of the baseball hall of famer, Lou Gehrig.

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Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

Gentleman Jim

IMDb: 7.7
1942
104min

As bareknuckled boxing enters the modern era, brash extrovert Jim Corbett uses new rules and dazzlingly innovative footwork to rise to the top of the top of the boxing world.

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Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

Yankee Doodle Dandy

IMDb: 7.8
1942
126min

A film of the life of the renowned musical composer, playwright, actor, dancer and singer George M. Cohan.

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They Died with Their Boots On

They Died with Their Boots On

They Died with Their Boots On

IMDb: 7.3
1941
140min

The story follows General George Armstrong Custer’s adventures from his West Point days to his death. He defies orders during the Civil War, trains the 7th Cavalry, appeases Chief Crazy Horse and later engages in bloody battle with the Sioux nation.

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Sergeant York

Sergeant York

Sergeant York

IMDb: 7.8
1941
134min

Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.

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The Fighting 69th

The Fighting 69th

The Fighting 69th

IMDb: 6.8
1940
90min

Although loudmouthed braggart Jerry Plunkett alienates his comrades and officers, Father Duffy, the regimental chaplain, has faith that he’ll prove himself in the end.

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Queen Christina

Queen Christina

Queen Christina

IMDb: 7.8
1933
99min

Queen Christina of Sweden is a popular monarch who is loyal to her country. However, when she falls in love with a Spanish envoy, she must choose between the throne and the man she loves.

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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln

IMDb: 5.8
1930
96min

Silent film master D.W. Griffith’s first talkie works as a companion piece to his classic BIRTH OF A NATION, providing a detailed biographical sketch of the 16th president. We see his birth in a log cabin, the tragic death of his first love, Ann Rutledge (Una Merkel), his debates with Douglas, his accepting of the presidency, the terrible toll of the Civil War, and finally the tragic assassination at Ford’s Theater. Griffith shows his usual meticulous attention to period detail, and the framing of the various vignettes has the feel of historical photographs come to life. Walter Huston is excellent in the title role, with a portrayal that subtly evolves from laconic, wizened rascal to noble elder statesman. This is a fascinating, worthy film, and an interesting historical document in and of itself.

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Napoleon

Napoleon

Napoleon

IMDb: 7.5
1927
332min

A massive 5 1/2 hour biopic of Napoleon, tracing his career from his schooldays (where a snowball fight is staged like a military campaign), his flight from Corsica, through the French Revolution (where a real storm is intercut with a political storm) and the Terror, culminating in his triumphant invasion of Italy in 1797 (the film stops there because it was intended to be part one of six, but director Abel Gance never raised the money to make the other five). The film’s legendary reputation is due to the astonishing range of techniques that Gance uses to tell his story, culminating in the final twenty-minute triptych sequence, which alternates widescreen panoramas with complex multiple- image montages projected simultaneously on three screens.

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The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka

The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka

The Art of Loving. Story of Michalina Wislocka

IMDb: 7.3
2017
121min

Michalina Wislocka, the most famous and recognized sexologist of communist Poland, fights for the right to publish her book, which will change the sex life of Polish people forever.

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Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire

Brain on Fire

IMDb: 6.6
2016
95min

A look at a young woman’s rapid descent into insanity.

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Baadasssss!

Baadasssss!

Baadasssss!

IMDb: 7.4
2003
108min

Director Mario Van Peebles chronicles the complicated production of his father Melvin’s classic 1971 film, “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song.” Playing his father in the film, Van Peebles offers an unapologetic account of Melvin’s brash and sometimes deceptive conduct on the set of the film, including questionable antics like writing bad checks, tricking a local fire department and allowing his son, Mario, to shoot racy sex scenes at the age of 11.

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Hemingway & Gellhorn

Hemingway & Gellhorn

Hemingway & Gellhorn

IMDb: 6.3
2012
155min

Writer Ernest Hemingway begins a romance with fellow scribe Martha Gellhorn.

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The Spirit of St. Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis

The Spirit of St. Louis

IMDb: 7.2
1957
135min

Charles ‘Slim’ Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo transatlantic crossing.

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Finding Fela

Finding Fela

Finding Fela

IMDb: 7.1
2014
120min

Fela Anikulapo Kuti created the musical movement Afrobeat and used it as a political forum to oppose the Nigerian dictatorship and advocate for the rights of oppressed people. This is the story of his life, music, and political importance.

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Frank & Jesse

Frank & Jesse

Frank & Jesse

IMDb: 5.9
1995
105min

At the end of the Civil War, Frank and Jesse James and other former guerillas who rode with Quantrill and Bill Anderson take the oath of allegiance to the Union. Feeling oppressed by Chicago railroad investors, the James and Younger brothers, Bob and Charlie Ford, Clell Miller and Arch Clements take to robbing banks, trains and coaches, with Pinkerton sworn to bringing them to justice.

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Walker

Walker

Walker

IMDb: 6.6
1987
94min

William Walker and his mercenary corps enter Nicaragua in the middle of the 19th century in order to install a new government by a coup d’etat.

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Be Here Now

Be Here Now

Be Here Now

IMDb: 8.9
2015
100min

An inspiring feature documentary and love story, about the overnight sensation, actor and international sex symbol, Andy Whitfield, who put the same determination and dedication that he brought to his lead role in “Spartacus” into fighting life-threatening cancer.

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Afterimage

Afterimage

Afterimage

IMDb: 7.2
2016
98min

In 1945, as Stalin sets his hands over Poland, famous painter Wladislaw Strzeminski refuses to compromise on his art with the doctrines of social realism. Persecuted, expelled from his chair at the University, he’s eventually erased from the museums’ walls. With the help of some of his students, he starts fighting against the Party and becomes the symbol of an artistic resistance against intellectual tyranny.

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I Am Heath Ledger

I Am Heath Ledger

I Am Heath Ledger

IMDb: 7.4
2017
90min

The life and career of an actor, artist, and icon. His own journey through his own camera.

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Endless Poetry

Endless Poetry

Endless Poetry

IMDb: 7.7
2016
130min

A portrait of Alejandro Jodorowsky’s young adulthood, set in the 1940s and 50s, in the electric capital city of Santiago. There, he decides to become a poet and is introduced, by destiny, into the foremost bohemian and artistic circle of the time.

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Waiting for Mamu

Waiting for Mamu

Waiting for Mamu

IMDb: 8.0
2013
0min

Documentary – In some parts of the world, children whose parents are sent to prison and who lack other guardians are locked away along with their parents. This eye-opening documentary tells the story of what it means for a child to grow up in prison and what hope exists for a better life. –

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Becoming Bond

Becoming Bond

Becoming Bond

IMDb: 7.7
2017
91min

The stranger-than-fiction true story of George Lazenby, a poor Australian car mechanic who, through an unbelievable set of circumstances, landed the role of James Bond despite having never acted a day in his life.

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MacArthur

MacArthur

MacArthur

IMDb: 6.6
1977
130min

The film portrays MacArthur’s (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in flashback as he visits West Point.

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I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

I Am Big Bird: The Caroll Spinney Story

IMDb: 7.4
2014
90min

A documentary about Caroll Spinney who has been Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch since 1969. At 78-years-old, he has no intention of stopping.

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The Taking of Tiger Mountain

The Taking of Tiger Mountain

The Taking of Tiger Mountain

IMDb: 6.5
2014
141min

Based on the real life story of an incident in 1946 during the Chinese Civil War, the film involves a communist reconnaissance team soldier Yang Zirong who disguised himself as a bandit to infiltrate a local gang of bandits, eventually helping the main communist force to destroy the bandits. Based on the novel “Tracks in the Snowy Forest” by Qu Bo.

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Babs

Babs

Babs

IMDb: 6.1
2017
90min

This is the story of Dame Barbara Windsor, the Cockney kid with a dazzling smile and talent to match. Preparing to perform in the theatre one cold evening in 1993, the cheeky, chirpy blonde Babs recounts the people and events that have shaped her life and career over fifty years from 1943 to 1993. She contemplates her lonely childhood and WWII evacuation, her decision to go from Barbara Ann Deeks to Barbara Windsor – inspired by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, her complicated relationship with her father, her doomed marriage to Ronnie Knight, capturing the attention of Joan Littlewood and becoming the blonde bombshell in the Carry On films. Babs, ever the consummate professional, never lets her fans down whatever her personal anguish and steps on the stage to rapturous applause.

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The Last Family

The Last Family

The Last Family

IMDb: 7.7
2016
124min

Beksiński is a gentle man with arachnophobia, despite his hardcore sexual fantasies and his fondness for painting disturbing dystopian works. Beksiński is a family man who wants only the best for his loving wife Zofia, neurotic son Tomasz and the couple’s aging mothers. His daily painting to classical music eventually pays off and he makes a name for himself in contemporary art. Good Catholic woman Zofia tries to hold the family together, but troubled son Tomasz proves to be a handful with his violent outbursts and suicidal threats. Their relief is brief when he starts dating women and becomes a radio presenter and movie translator, and the concerned parents must be on constant watch to prevent their son from hurting himself. But Beksiński never believed that family life would always be sunshine and rainbows. As he tapes everything with his beloved camcorder, the 28-year Beksiński saga unfolds through paintings, near-death experiences, dance music trends and funerals…

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The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki

IMDb: 7.3
2016
92min

Summer 1962 and Olli Mäki has a shot at the world championship title in featherweight boxing. From the Finnish countryside to the bright lights of Helsinki, everything has been prepared for his fame and fortune. All Olli has to do is lose weight and concentrate. But there is a problem – he has fallen in love with Raija.

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The Weird World of Blowfly

The Weird World of Blowfly

The Weird World of Blowfly

IMDb: 6.4
2010
89min

Clarence Reid is a musician who wrote and produced romantic and spiritual songs for some of the greatest Southern soul and R&B acts of the 1960s and ’70s. He is also the gonzo performer Blowfly, Clarence’s freaky alter ego and the original X-rated rapper. “The Weird World of Blowfly” explores both sides of this hilarious and controversial artist, providing a rare, inside peek at the infamous linguist’s daily life. Now 69-years-old, with a gold-spangled superhero costume and a catalog of the world’s raunchiest tunes, Blowfly tours the world, still struggling for success and recognition after 50 years of making music. The film highlights both Clarence’s and Blowfly’s unique contributions to music history, including Top-10 R&B hits and what might be the world’s first rap song, recorded in 1965.

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De Palma

De Palma

De Palma

IMDb: 7.4
2015
108min

An intimate conversation between filmmakers, chronicling De Palma’s 55-year career, his life, and his filmmaking process, with revealing anecdotes and, of course, a wealth of film clips.

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What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

What Happened, Miss Simone?

IMDb: 7.6
2015
101min

The film chronicles Nina Simone’s journey from child piano prodigy to iconic musician and passionate activist, told in her own words.

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Genius

Genius

Genius

IMDb: 6.5
2016
104min

New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, literary editor at Scribner’s Sons is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer named Thomas Wolfe falls into his hands, Perkins is convinced he has discovered a literary genius. Together the two men set out to work on a version for publication and a seemingly endless struggle over every single phrase ensues. During this process, Perkins the gentle family man and Wolfe the eccentric author become close – a relationship eyed with suspicion by their wives. When ‘Look Homeward, Angel’ becomes a resounding success, the writer grows increasingly paranoid.

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