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1. Hamilton (2020)

PG-13 | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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90 Metascore

The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.

Director: Thomas Kail | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry

Votes: 77,447

2. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.7
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76 Metascore

Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig

Votes: 161,383 | Gross: $75.51M

3. 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: 670,363 | Gross: $56.67M

4. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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86 Metascore

As the American 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.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 253,781 | Gross: $182.21M

5. 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: 126,211 | Gross: $37.31M

6. 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: 264,581 | Gross: $113.33M

7. The Kid (II) (2019)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Western

5.9
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51 Metascore

The story of a young boy who witnesses Billy the Kid's encounter with Sheriff Pat Garrett.

Director: Vincent D'Onofrio | Stars: Jake Schur, Leila George, Chris Pratt, Dane DeHaan

Votes: 7,929 | Gross: $1.51M

8. Jackie (V) (2016)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama

6.7
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81 Metascore

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Votes: 76,876 | Gross: $13.96M

9. TURN: Washington's Spies (2014–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, History, War

8.1
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A Long Island farmer bands together a group of childhood friends to form an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America's fight for independence.

Stars: Jamie Bell, Heather Lind, Samuel Roukin, Daniel Henshall

Votes: 21,066

10. The Highwaymen (2019)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

6.9
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58 Metascore

The untold true story of the legendary detectives who brought down Bonnie and Clyde.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Kevin Costner, Woody Harrelson, Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch

Votes: 84,959

11. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 85,113 | Gross: $12.71M

12. Pocahontas (I) (1995)

G | 81 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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58 Metascore

An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth century Virginia.

Directors: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg | Stars: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale, Joe Baker

Votes: 178,964 | Gross: $141.60M

13. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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78 Metascore

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 130,768 | Gross: $26.83M

14. How the West Was Won (1962)

G | 164 min | Western

7.1
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56 Metascore

A family saga covering several decades of Westward expansion in the 19th century, including the Gold Rush, the Civil War, and the building of the railroads.

Directors: John Ford, Henry Hathaway, George Marshall, Richard Thorpe | Stars: James Stewart, John Wayne, Gregory Peck, Henry Fonda

Votes: 20,006 | Gross: $46.50M

15. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean

Votes: 29,537 | Gross: $7.19M

16. Patton (1970)

GP | 172 min | Biography, Drama, War

7.9
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91 Metascore

The World War II phase of the career of controversial American general George S. Patton.

Director: Franklin J. Schaffner | Stars: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong

Votes: 99,307 | Gross: $61.70M

17. Drunk History (2013–2019)

TV-14 | 22 min | Comedy, History

7.8
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Historical reenactments by A-list talent are presented by inebriated storytellers.

Stars: Derek Waters, Bennie Arthur, Craig Cackowski, Maria Blasucci

Votes: 10,315

18. John Adams (2008)

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.5
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 30,824

19. The Current War: Director's Cut (2017)

PG-13 | 102 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.5
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55 Metascore

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas A. Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Oliver Powell, Sophia Ally, Tuppence Middleton

Votes: 25,286

20. The Vietnam War (2017)

TV-MA | 990 min | Documentary, History, War

9.1
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A comprehensive history of the United States' involvement in the bitterly divisive armed conflict in Southeast Asia.

Stars: Peter Coyote, Huy Duc, James Willbanks, Duong Van Mai Elliott

Votes: 22,641

21. Documentary Now! (2015– )

TV-14 | 23 min | Comedy

8.1
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Documentary Now parodies the current obsession with documentaries. Season one features six different stories and stylistic approaches paying tribute to the doc format.

Stars: Helen Mirren, Fred Armisen, Bill Hader, Deb Hiett

Votes: 6,064

22. Roosevelt (2023)

Biography, Drama, History | Announced

A biographical drama about President Theodore Roosevelt.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Star: Leonardo DiCaprio

23. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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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: 28,452 | Gross: $10.77M

24. Death Valley Days (1952–1970)

TV-PG | 25 min | Western

7.6
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Western stories and legends based, and filmed, in and around Death Valley, California. One of the longest-running Western series, originating on radio in the 1930s. The continuing sponsor was "20 Mule Team" Borax, a product formerly mined in Death Valley.

Stars: Stanley Andrews, Robert Taylor, Ronald Reagan, Dale Robertson

Votes: 801

25. The Plot Against America (2020)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, Thriller

7.3
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Characters live in an alternative history in which Franklin D. Roosevelt was defeated in the U.S. presidential election of 1940 by Charles Lindbergh.

Stars: Winona Ryder, Anthony Boyle, Zoe Kazan, Morgan Spector

Votes: 9,094

26. Roots (2016)

TV-MA | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African man sold to slavery in America, and his descendants.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby, Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne

Votes: 7,713

27. Into the West (2005)

TV-14 | 552 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.0
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Tales from the American West in the 19th century, told from the perspective of two families, one of white settlers and one of Native Americans.

Stars: Joseph M. Marshall, Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, John Terry

Votes: 6,782

28. Son of the South (2020)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama

6.0
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60 Metascore

The true story of one young white Southerner in the Summer of 1961, caught in a place and time where he had to choose which side he was on.

Director: Barry Alexander Brown | Stars: Lucas Till, Jim Klock, Michael Sirow, Jake Abel

Votes: 1,303

29. Soldier Blue (1970)

R | 112 min | Western

6.9
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After a cavalry patrol is ambushed by the Cheyenne, the two survivors, a soldier and a woman, must reach the safety of the nearest fort.

Director: Ralph Nelson | Stars: Candice Bergen, Peter Strauss, Donald Pleasence, John Anderson

Votes: 5,341 | Gross: $0.51M

30. American Experience (1987– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.6
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A series showcasing documentaries on American history.

Stars: David McCullough, David Ogden Stiers, Michael Murphy, Oliver Platt

Votes: 1,812

31. The Alamo (2004)

PG-13 | 137 min | Drama, History, War

6.0
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47 Metascore

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Emilio Echevarría, Jason Patric

Votes: 20,654 | Gross: $22.41M

32. Shock and Awe (2017)

R | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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47 Metascore

A group of journalists of the Knight-Ridder news service covering President George W. Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the President's claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Woody Harrelson, James Marsden, Rob Reiner, Tommy Lee Jones

Votes: 6,789 | Gross: $0.08M

33. 13th (2016)

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

8.2
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83 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: 34,315

34. The Civil War (1990)

TV-14 | 680 min | Documentary, History, War

9.0
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A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

Stars: David McCullough, Sam Waterston, Julie Harris, Jason Robards

Votes: 15,237

35. Sergeant York (1941)

Passed | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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A Tennessee farmer and marksman is drafted in World War I, and struggles with his pacifist inclinations before becoming one of the most celebrated war heroes.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie, George Tobias

Votes: 17,685 | Gross: $16.40M

36. Baseball (1994–2010)

TV-PG | 1,140 min | Documentary, History, Sport

9.2
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A documentary on the history of the sport with major topics including Afro-American players, player/team owner relations and the resilience of the game.

Stars: Daniel Okrent, George F. Will, John Chancellor, Gerald Early

Votes: 4,095

37. Something the Lord Made (2004 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 110 min | Biography, Drama

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A dramatization of the relationship between heart surgery pioneers Alfred Blalock and Vivien Thomas.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Alan Rickman, Yasiin Bey, Kyra Sedgwick, Gabrielle Union

Votes: 13,067

38. Bowling for Columbine (2002)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama

7.9
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72 Metascore

Filmmaker Michael Moore explores the roots of America's predilection for gun violence.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Charlton Heston, Marilyn Manson, Salvador Allende

Votes: 142,628 | Gross: $21.58M

39. 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: 41,745 | Gross: $11.24M

40. Witnesses (2021)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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For nearly 200 years, skeptics and critics have been trying to explain away what many Book of Mormon witnesses stated-that they had seen angels and hefted golden metal plates containing ancient inscriptions.

Director: Mark Goodman | Stars: Michael Zuccola, Caleb J. Spivak, Lincoln Hoppe, Paul Wuthrich

Votes: 316

41. Murder Among the Mormons (2021)

TV-14 | 160 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.0
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High-stakes exploits turn deadly - and shake a global church to its core - in the extraordinary true crime story.

Stars: Dorie Hofmann Olds, Shannon Flynn, Brent Metcalfe, Richard Turley

Votes: 5,485

42. Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2012– )

TV-PG | 53 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.5
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Before the popularity of AncestryDNA, journalist and cultural critic Henry Louis Gates, Jr. divulges the family trees of various celebrities, many times with stunning revelations.

Stars: Henry Louis Gates Jr., CeCe Moore, Ty Burrell, Kehinde Wiley

Votes: 968

43. This Is America, Charlie Brown (1988–1989)

Not Rated | 24 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

7.5
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Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang experience various episodes and aspects of American history and culture.

Stars: Bill Melendez, Erin Chase, Jason Mendelson, Brandon Stewart

Votes: 666

44. Rolling Thunder Revue (2019)

TV-MA | 142 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.6
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86 Metascore

In an alchemic mix of fact and fantasy, Martin Scorsese looks back at Bob Dylan's 1975 Rolling Thunder Revue tour and a country ripe for reinvention.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Bob Dylan, Allen Ginsberg, Patti Smith, Martin von Haselberg

Votes: 6,291

45. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion, U.S. marine, Maj. Matt Lewis, along with British consul, Sir Arthur Robertson, develop a plan to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force can arrive.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green, Andrew Marton | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 6,476

46. Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)

R | 122 min | Documentary, Drama, War

7.5
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67 Metascore

Michael Moore's view on what happened to the United States after September 11 and how the Bush Administration allegedly used the tragic event to push forward its agenda for unjust wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, George W. Bush, Ben Affleck, Stevie Wonder

Votes: 128,462 | Gross: $119.19M

47. The Men Who Built America (2012)

TV-14 | 120 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.6
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Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Carnegie, Astor, Ford and Morgan. Their names are part of history and synonymous with the American dream. These men transformed every industry they touched: oil, rail, steel, shipping, automobiles, and finance.

Stars: Campbell Scott, H.W. Brands, Mark Cuban, Donny Deutsch

Votes: 3,961

48. RBG (2018)

PG | 98 min | Documentary, Biography

7.6
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71 Metascore

The exceptional life and career of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who has developed a breathtaking legal legacy while becoming an unexpected pop culture icon.

Directors: Julie Cohen, Betsy West | Stars: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Ann Kittner, Harryette Helsel, Nina Totenberg

Votes: 13,826 | Gross: $14.02M

49. Rough Riders (1997)

240 min | Action, Drama, History

7.4
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Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish-American War.

Stars: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson

Votes: 2,000

50. The Central Park Five (2012)

Not Rated | 119 min | Documentary, Crime, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime.

Directors: Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, David McMahon | Stars: Antron McCray, Kevin Richardson, Kharey Wise, Raymond Santana

Votes: 7,446 | Gross: $0.27M



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