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Schindler's List (1993)

Aggregate Rating: 282 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 93 | Earnings: $96.07M

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.


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Dunkirk (2017)

Aggregate Rating: 252 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 94 | Earnings: $188.37M

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.


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There Will Be Blood (2007)

Aggregate Rating: 235 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 93 | Earnings: $40.22M

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.


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12 Years a Slave (2013)

Aggregate Rating: 233 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 96 | Earnings: $56.67M

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


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Braveheart (1995)

Aggregate Rating: 223 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 68 | Earnings: $75.60M

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


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Amadeus (1984)

Aggregate Rating: 221 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 93 | Earnings: $51.60M

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


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Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

Aggregate Rating: 216 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 80 | Earnings: null

A mysterious stranger with a harmonica joins forces with a notorious desperado to protect a beautiful widow from a ruthless assassin working for the railroad.


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Spotlight (2015)

Aggregate Rating: 216 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 93 | Earnings: $44.99M

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.


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Zodiac (2007)

Aggregate Rating: 205 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 78 | Earnings: $33.05M

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.


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Der Untergang (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 202 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 82 | Earnings: $5.50M

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.


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Hotel Rwanda (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 199 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 79 | Earnings: $23.47M

Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.


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Rush (2013)

Aggregate Rating: 195 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 75 | Earnings: $26.90M

The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda.


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Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

Aggregate Rating: 192 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 71 | Earnings: $67.12M

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.


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Il gattopardo (1963)

Aggregate Rating: 191 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 100 | Earnings: null

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.


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The Aviator (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 191 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 77 | Earnings: $102.61M

A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.


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Bridge of Spies (2015)

Aggregate Rating: 190 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 81 | Earnings: $72.31M

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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The Hurt Locker (2008)

Aggregate Rating: 190 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 94 | Earnings: $15.70M

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.


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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

Aggregate Rating: 187 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 95 | Earnings: $95.72M

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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Troy (2004)

Aggregate Rating: 184 | Imdb: 7 | Metascore: 56 | Earnings: $133.23M

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.


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The Great Escape (1963)

Aggregate Rating: 182 | Imdb: 8 | Metascore: 0 | Earnings: null

Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.



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