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All the President's Men
1976 09 Apr 1976 R 138 min DramaHistoryBiography
"The Washington Post" reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the details of the Watergate scandal that leads to President Richard Nixon's resignation.
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Won 4 Oscars. Another 12 wins & 21 nominations.
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Carl Bernstein (book), Bob Woodward (book), William Goldman (screenplay)
Argo
2012 12 Oct 2012 R 120 min DramaHistoryBiography
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In 1979, the American embassy in Iran was invaded by Iranian revolutionaries and several Americans were taken hostage. However, six managed to escape to the official residence of the Canadian Ambassador and the CIA was ordered to get them out of the country. With few options, exfiltration expert Tony Mendez devised a daring plan: create a phony Canadian film project looking to shoot in Iran and smuggle the Americans out as its production crew. With the help of some trusted Hollywood contacts, Mendez created the ruse and proceeded to Iran as its associate producer. However, time was running out with the Iranian security forces closing in on the truth while both his charges and the White House had grave doubts about the operation themselves.
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Won 3 Oscars. Another 83 wins & 144 nominations.
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Chris Terrio (screenplay), Tony Mendez (based on a selection from "The Master of Disguise" by), Joshuah Bearman (based on the Wired Magazine article "The Great Escape" by)
Black Hawk Down
2001 18 Jan 2002 R 144 min DramaHistoryWar
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Action/war drama based on the best-selling book detailing a near-disastrous mission in Somalia on October 3, 1993. On this date nearly 100 U.S. Army Rangers, commanded by Capt. Mike Steele, were dropped by helicopter deep into the capital city of Mogadishu to capture two top lieutenants of a Somali warlord. This lead to a large and drawn-out firefight between the Rangers and hundreds of Somali gunmen, leading to the destruction of two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters. This film focuses on the heroic efforts of various Rangers to get to the downed black hawks, centering on Sgt. Eversmann, leading the Ranger unit Chalk Four to the first black hawk crash site, Warrant Officer Durant who was captured after being the only survivor of the second black hawk crash, as well as many others who were involved.
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 7 wins & 37 nominations.
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Mark Bowden (book), Ken Nolan (screenplay)
Bridge of Spies
2015 16 Oct 2015 PG-13 142 min DramaThrillerHistory
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During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 29 wins & 88 nominations.
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Matt Charman, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen
City of Life and Death
2009 22 Apr 2009 R 133 min DramaHistoryWar
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In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.
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9 wins & 9 nominations.
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Chuan Lu
Defiance
2008 16 Jan 2009 R 137 min ActionDramaHistory
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Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations.
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Clayton Frohman (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay), Nechama Tec (book)
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Flags of Our Fathers
2006 20 Oct 2006 R 135 min DramaHistoryWar
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In 1945, the Marines attack twelve thousand Japaneses protecting the twenty square kilometers of the sacred Iwo Jima island in a very violent battle. When they reach the Mount Suribachi and six Marines raise their flag on the top, the picture becomes a symbol in a post Great Depression America. The government brings the three survivors to America to raise funds for war, bringing hope to desolate people, and making the three men heroes of the war. However, the traumatized trio has difficulty dealing with the image built by their superiors, sharing the heroism with their mates.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 15 wins & 24 nominations.
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William Broyles Jr. (screenplay), Paul Haggis (screenplay), James Bradley (book), Ron Powers (book)
Frost/Nixon
2008 23 Jan 2009 R 122 min DramaHistory
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Writer Peter Morgan's legendary battle between Richard Nixon, the disgraced president with a legacy to save, and David Frost, a jet-setting television personality with a name to make, in the story of the historic encounter that changed both their lives. For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans (as well as a $600,000 fee). Likewise, Frost's team harbored doubts about their boss' ability to hold his own. But as cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted.
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Nominated for 5 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 67 nominations.
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Peter Morgan (screenplay), Peter Morgan (play)
Gangs of New York
2002 20 Dec 2002 R 167 min DramaCrimeHistory
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In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer.
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Nominated for 10 Oscars. Another 44 wins & 93 nominations.
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Jay Cocks (story), Jay Cocks (screenplay), Steven Zaillian (screenplay), Kenneth Lonergan (screenplay)
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Kagemusha
1980 10 Oct 1980 PG 162 min DramaHistoryWar
When a powerful warlord in medieval Japan dies, a poor thief recruited to impersonate him finds difficulty living up to his role and clashes with the spirit of the warlord during turbulent times in the kingdom.
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Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 3 nominations.
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Masato Ide, Akira Kurosawa
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Letters from Iwo Jima
2006 02 Feb 2007 R 141 min DramaHistoryWar
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The island of Iwo Jima stands between the American military force and the home islands of Japan. Therefore the Imperial Japanese Army is desperate to prevent it from falling into American hands and providing a launching point for an invasion of Japan. General Tadamichi Kuribayashi is given command of the forces on the island and sets out to prepare for the imminent attack. General Kuribayashi, however, does not favor the rigid traditional approach recommended by his subordinates, and resentment and resistance fester among his staff. In the lower echelons, a young soldier, Saigo, a poor baker in civilian life, strives with his friends to survive the harsh regime of the Japanese army itself, all the while knowing that a fierce battle looms. When the American invasion begins, both Kuribayashi and Saigo find strength, honor, courage, and horrors beyond imagination.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 36 nominations.
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Iris Yamashita (screenplay), Iris Yamashita (story), Paul Haggis (story), Tadamichi Kuribayashi (book), Tsuyoko Yoshido (book)
North Face
2008 23 Oct 2008 UNRATED 126 min DramaHistoryAdventure
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Based on a true story, North Face is a suspenseful adventure film about a competition to climb the most dangerous rock face in the Alps. Set in 1936, as Nazi propaganda urges the nation's ...
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4 wins & 6 nominations.
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Christoph Silber, Philipp Stölzl, Rupert Henning, Johannes Naber, Benedikt Roeskau (story)
Rogue Trader
1999 25 Jun 1999 R 101 min DramaCrimeHistory
Ambitious, wide-boy Nick Leeson is determined to rise in the world and be more than a simple bank clerk. When his employers, Barings Bank, offer him the opportunity to go to Jakarta to sort out a problem that nobody else wants, he seizes the opportunity with both hands. In Jakarta he meets and marries Lisa and together they go to Singapore when the bank offers him the job of setting up their future options trading operation. To save money the bank allows Nick to operate both the floor trading and the back office facilities and force him to employ cheap, unskilled staff. His first year of trading is a big success and he makes large profits for the bank even though he has illegally broken trading rules and secretly covered up losses. Given more freedom, even more money and continuing unchecked, Nick starts to make losses and again attempts to trade out of them but this time he comes unstuck as his illegal trading generates even bigger losses. After the death of his unborn child Nick completely loses control and gambles without restraint with other people's money leading inevitably to a complete financial meltdown and the bankruptcy of the bank.
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N/A
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James Dearden, Nick Leeson (autobiography), Edward Whitley (book)
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Sleepy Hollow
1999 19 Nov 1999 R 105 min FantasyHorrorHistory
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The curse of the headless horseman is the legacy of the small town of Sleepy Hollow. Spearheaded by the eager Constable Ichabod Crane and his new world ways into the quagmire of secrets and murder, secrets once laid to rest, best forgotten and now reawakened, and he too, holding a dark secret of a past once gone.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 23 wins & 39 nominations.
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Washington Irving (story "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow"), Kevin Yagher (screen story), Andrew Kevin Walker (screen story), Andrew Kevin Walker (screenplay)
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The Birth Of A Nation
2016 07 October 2016 R 120 min DramaHistoryBiography
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Set against the antebellum South, THE BIRTH OF A NATION follows Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner, Samuel Turner (Armie Hammer), accepts an offer to use Nat's preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities - against himself and his fellow slaves - Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.
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4 wins & 26 nominations.
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Nate Parker (screenplay by), Nate Parker (story by), Jean McGianni Celestin (story by)
The Corporation
2003 04 Jun 2004 UNRATED 145 min HistoryDocumentary
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Documentary that looks at the concept of the corporation throughout recent history up to its present-day dominance.
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11 wins & 1 nomination.
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Joel Bakan, Joel Bakan (book), Harold Crooks (narration written by), Joel Bakan (narration written by), Mark Achbar (narration written by), Mark Achbar (developer), Joel Bakan (developer), Thomas Shandel (developer), Mark Achbar (creator), Joel Bakan (creator)
The Devils
1971 16 Jul 1971 X 111 min DramaHistory
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
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4 wins.
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Ken Russell (screenplay), John Whiting (based on the play by), Aldous Huxley (novel)
The Good Shepherd
2006 22 Dec 2006 R 167 min DramaThrillerHistory
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Laconic and self-contained, Edward Wilson heads CIA covert operations during the Bay of Pigs. The agency suspects that Castro was tipped, so Wilson looks for the leak. As he investigates, he recalls, in a series of flashbacks, his father's death, student days at Yale (poetry; Skull and Bones), recruitment into the fledgling OSS, truncated affairs, a shotgun marriage, cutting his teeth on spy craft in London, distance from his son, the emergence of the Cold War, and relationships with agency, British, and Soviet counterparts. We watch his idealism give way to something else: disclosing the nature of that something else is at the heart of the film's narration as he closes in on the leak.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 11 nominations.
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Eric Roth
The Great Escape
1963 04 Jul 1963 APPROVED 172 min DramaHistoryAdventure
Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 2 wins & 7 nominations.
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Paul Brickhill (book), James Clavell (screenplay), W.R. Burnett (screenplay)
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The Hurt Locker
2008 31 Jul 2009 R 131 min DramaThrillerHistory
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An intense portrayal of elite soldiers who have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world: disarming bombs in the heat of combat. When a new sergeant, James, takes over a highly trained bomb disposal team amidst violent conflict, he surprises his two subordinates, Sanborn and Eldridge, by recklessly plunging them into a deadly game of urban combat. James behaves as if he's indifferent to death. As the men struggle to control their wild new leader, the city explodes into chaos, and James' true character reveals itself in a way that will change each man forever.
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Won 6 Oscars. Another 109 wins & 117 nominations.
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Mark Boal
The Last Samurai
2003 05 Dec 2003 R 154 min ActionDramaHistory
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In the 1870s, Captain Nathan Algren, a cynical veteran of the American Civil war who will work for anyone, is hired by Americans who want lucrative contracts with the Emperor of Japan to train the peasant conscripts for the first standing imperial army in modern warfare using firearms. The imperial Omura cabinet's first priority is to repress a rebellion of traditionalist Samurai -hereditary warriors- who remain devoted to the sacred dynasty but reject the Westernizing policy and even refuse firearms. Yet when his ill-prepared superior force sets out too soon, their panic allows the sword-wielding samurai to crush them. Badly wounded Algren's courageous stand makes the samurai leader Katsumoto spare his life; once nursed to health he learns to know and respect the old Japanese way, and participates as advisor in Katsumoto's failed attempt to save the Bushido tradition, but Omura gets repressive laws enacted- he must now choose to honor his loyalty to one of the embittered sides when the conflict returns to the battlefield...
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Nominated for 4 Oscars. Another 19 wins & 47 nominations.
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John Logan (story), John Logan (screenplay), Edward Zwick (screenplay), Marshall Herskovitz (screenplay)
Three Kingdoms: Resurrection of the Dragon
2008 03 Apr 2008 R 102 min ActionDramaHistory
His country torn asunder by civil war, Zhao Zilong, a common man heeds the call of duty and from the humblest of roots rises through the ranks on wings of courage and cunning to command an army charged with liberating the land from an evil warlord. Inspiring by action, honor and a dream of unifying his divided nation, Zhao Zilong's heroism becomes legend, but as the years pass and the throne changes hands the war still rages on. When a newly enthroned king decides peace can only be achieved by defeating the warlords once and for all, the aging Zhao Zilong embarks on his final and greatest campaign, a road to adventure that will crown his name in glory for all time.
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2 wins & 7 nominations.
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Ho Leung Lau, Daniel Lee, Guanzhong Luo (novel)
World Trade Center
2006 09 Aug 2006 PG-13 129 min DramaThrillerHistory
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Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.
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3 wins & 8 nominations.
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Andrea Berloff, John McLoughlin (true story), Donna McLoughlin (true story), William Jimeno (true story), Allison Jimeno (true story)
Zero Dark Thirty
2012 11 Jan 2013 R 157 min DramaThrillerHistory
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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.
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Won 1 Oscar. Another 83 wins & 157 nominations.
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Mark Boal
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Zulu
1964 17 Jun 1964 UNRATED 138 min DramaHistoryWar
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.
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N/A
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John Prebble (original screenplay), Cy Endfield (original screenplay), John Prebble (suggested by an article written by)