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1. X-Men: First Class (2011)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi

7.7
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65 Metascore

In the 1960s, superpowered humans Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr work together to find others like them, but Erik's vengeful pursuit of an ambitious mutant who ruined his life causes a schism to divide them.

Director: Matthew Vaughn | Stars: James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 617,153 | Gross: $146.41M

2. Thirteen Days (2000)

PG-13 | 145 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.3
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67 Metascore

In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Roger Donaldson | Stars: Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Shawn Driscoll, Drake Cook

Votes: 51,237 | Gross: $34.59M

3. The Good Shepherd (2006)

R | 167 min | Drama, History, Thriller

6.7
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61 Metascore

The tumultuous early history of the Central Intelligence Agency is viewed through the prism of one man's life.

Director: Robert De Niro | Stars: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Robert De Niro, Alec Baldwin

Votes: 94,927 | Gross: $59.95M

4. A Single Man (2009)

R | 99 min | Drama, Romance

7.6
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77 Metascore

An English professor, one year after the sudden death of his boyfriend, is unable to cope with his typical days in 1960s Los Angeles.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Colin Firth, Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode, Nicholas Hoult

Votes: 100,406 | Gross: $9.17M

5. Jackie (V) (2016)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 67,144 | Gross: $13.96M

6. Taken (2002)

877 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

7.8
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Three families experience alien abductions over a period of five decades.

Stars: Dakota Fanning, Matt Frewer, Emily Bergl, Heather Donahue

Votes: 18,488

7. Blast from the Past (1999)

PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.6
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48 Metascore

A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter.

Director: Hugh Wilson | Stars: Brendan Fraser, Alicia Silverstone, Christopher Walken, Sissy Spacek

Votes: 56,243 | Gross: $26.49M

8. Matinee (1993)

PG | 99 min | Comedy, Drama

6.8
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A small-time film promoter releases a kitschy horror film during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Joe Dante | Stars: John Goodman, Cathy Moriarty, Simon Fenton, Omri Katz

Votes: 8,641 | Gross: $9.53M

9. Topaz (1969)

PG | 143 min | Drama, Thriller

6.3
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A French Intelligence Agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Frederick Stafford, Dany Robin, John Vernon, Karin Dor

Votes: 15,351

10. Ginger & Rosa (2012)

PG-13 | 90 min | Drama

6.3
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69 Metascore

A look at the lives of two teenage girls - inseparable friends Ginger and Rosa -- growing up in 1960s London as the Cuban Missile Crisis looms, and the pivotal event that comes to redefine their relationship.

Director: Sally Potter | Stars: Elle Fanning, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, Oliver Platt

Votes: 9,762 | Gross: $1.01M

11. The Kennedys (2011)

TV-14 | 346 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.6
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The triumphs and tragedies of the most popular political family in American history.

Stars: Greg Kinnear, Barry Pepper, Katie Holmes, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 6,738

12. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2017)

88 min | Documentary, Biography, History

7.4
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70 Metascore

The life and career of the hailed Hollywood movie star and underappreciated genius inventor, Hedy Lamarr.

Director: Alexandra Dean | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Mel Brooks, Jennifer Hom, Anthony Loder

Votes: 2,566 | Gross: $0.82M

13. When Did You Last See Your Father? (2007)

PG-13 | 92 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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The story of a son's conflicting memories of his dying father.

Director: Anand Tucker | Stars: Jim Broadbent, Colin Firth, Juliet Stevenson, Bradley Johnson

Votes: 3,912 | Gross: $1.07M

14. The UFO Incident (1975 TV Movie)

92 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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In the early 1960s, a married couple undergo hypnosis, which unlocks memories of a forgotten event on a lonely road. Soon they believe they were abducted by extraterrestrials.

Director: Richard A. Colla | Stars: James Earl Jones, Estelle Parsons, Barnard Hughes, Dick O'Neill

Votes: 521

15. Dear Eleanor (2016)

PG-13 | 89 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

6.0
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Two teenage girls travel across the U.S. in 1962, during the chaos of the Cuban missile crisis, in search of Eleanor Roosevelt.

Director: Kevin Connolly | Stars: Liana Liberato, Isabelle Fuhrman, Josh Lucas, Luke Wilson

Votes: 1,538

16. An American Affair (2008)

R | 93 min | Drama

6.2
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31 Metascore

In 1963, during the swirl of glamour and intrigue that turned President John F. Kennedy's Washington into Camelot, a lonely 13-year-old Catholic school boy comes of age.

Director: William Olsson | Stars: Gretchen Mol, James Rebhorn, Cameron Bright, Mark Pellegrino

Votes: 1,916

17. The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara (2003)

PG-13 | 107 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.1
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87 Metascore

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

Director: Errol Morris | Stars: Robert McNamara, John F. Kennedy, Fidel Castro, Richard Nixon

Votes: 21,905 | Gross: $4.20M

18. Call to Glory (1984–1985)

60 min | Drama

7.9
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Colonel Raynor Sarnac has to balance his family and his duty as head of a flight group facing the political tensions of the early 60's. Actual historical events are part of various stories as are the activities of three active children.

Stars: Craig T. Nelson, Cindy Pickett, Elisabeth Shue, Gabriel Damon

Votes: 210

19. Memories of Underdevelopment (1968)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama

7.7
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A Cuban man cycles through his repressed opinions and memories as the threat of foreign invasion intensifies and the rest of his family retreats to Miami.

Director: Tomás Gutiérrez Alea | Stars: Sergio Corrieri, Daisy Granados, Eslinda Núñez, Omar Valdés

Votes: 3,269 | Gross: $0.03M

20. Kennedy (1983)

282 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Biography of the 1961-1963 Presidency of John F. Kennedy.

Stars: John Shea, E.G. Marshall, Geraldine Fitzgerald, Andrew Rayden

Votes: 469

21. The Missiles of October (1974 TV Movie)

150 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.2
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In October 1962, the Kennedy administration struggles to contain the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Anthony Page | Stars: William Devane, Ralph Bellamy, Howard Da Silva, James Hong

Votes: 884

22. Jackie, Ethel, Joan: The Women of Camelot (2001 TV Movie)

163 min | Biography, Drama

7.0
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They were more than Washington wives. They were part of an American dream known as Camelot. With strength and cunning they upheld their public image by concealing their private truths. ... See full summary »

Director: Larry Shaw | Stars: Jill Hennessy, Lauren Holly, Leslie Stefanson, Daniel Hugh Kelly

Votes: 350

23. Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker (2010 Video Game)

T | Action, Sci-Fi, War

8.5
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In 1974, Snake (a.k.a. Big Boss) is no longer part of the US special forces and has his own merc team. While on a mission in South America, they encounter a strange hostile merc unit with far superior equipment than their latest tech.

Director: Hideo Kojima | Stars: David Hayter, Robin Atkin Downes, Tara Strong, Grey Griffin

Votes: 1,740

24. Octopus (2000 Video)

PG-13 | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Horror

3.1
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During the Cuban Missle Crisis, a Russian sub is sunk while en route to Havana. As the sub goes down, the hold is breached and barrels full of some mysterious substance tumble out. Years ... See full summary »

Director: John Eyres | Stars: Jay Harrington, Ravil Isyanov, David Beecroft, Carolyn Lowery

Votes: 1,784

25. Thud Pilots (2018)

90 min | Documentary

7.4
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An edge-of-your-seat documentary that exposes the Vietnam Air War where an elite band of brothers known as Thud Pilots fought and died receiving neither the country's support nor glory.

Director: Mark Vizcarra | Stars: Larry Poole, Vic Vizcarra, Henry W. Goetz, Robert L. Cooper

Votes: 156

26. Hope (1997 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 100 min | Drama

6.5
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During the early 1960s, Kate is faced with a dreary small-town existence, surrounded by her mother, who is a stroke victim, and her bigoted Uncle Ray, who owns a theatre. When a black ... See full summary »

Director: Goldie Hawn | Stars: Christine Lahti, Jena Malone, Catherine O'Hara, Jeffrey D. Sams

Votes: 407

27. The Steagle (1971)

R | 87 min | Comedy

5.6
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In the midst of the Cuban missile crisis, a mild-mannered professor decides to live out all of his daydreams, travelling across the country and adopting a different persona in each city.

Director: Paul Sylbert | Stars: Richard Benjamin, Chill Wills, Cloris Leachman, Jean Allison

Votes: 71

28. Prince Jack (1984)

Unrated | 100 min | Drama

5.8
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John F. Kennedy makes decisions with his father, brother Robert, Lyndon B. Johnson, Martin Luther King.

Director: Bert Lovitt | Stars: Dana Andrews, Jim Backus, Theodore Bikel, Robert Guillaume

Votes: 26

29. Che (1997)

83 min | Drama, History

6.4
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Director: Aníbal Di Salvo | Stars: Emilia Mazer, Jorge Abalo, Jesús Albornoz, Marcio Almeida

Votes: 134

30. Of Moose and Men: The Rocky & Bullwinkle Story (1990 TV Movie)

Documentary, Animation, History

4.8
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A retrospective look at the "Rocky and Bullwinkle" cartoon show, from the creative talent behind the scenes to the cast of animated characters and the cultural and historical influences behind the show's gags.

Director: Marino Amoruso | Stars: Howard Brandy, Allan Burns, William Conrad, June Foray

Votes: 50

31. Lisanka (2010)

110 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.3
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Lisanka's central plot revolves around a love triangle that later evolves into a love square involving three Cubans (two men and a woman) and a Soviet soldier. Set in a fictitious rural ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Díaz Torres | Stars: Paula Ali, Carlos Enrique Almirante, Jorge Alí, José Ambrosio Pérez

Votes: 21

32. Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarines (2002)

48 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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A documentary history of the development and deployment of the Cold War's ultimate weapon: the nuclear missile submarine. Features interviews with Navy veterans and footage never-before-seen by the public.

Director: Nick Spark | Star: Roy Scheider

Votes: 29

33. Virtual JFK: Vietnam If Kennedy Had Lived (2008)

Not Rated | 80 min | Documentary

7.0
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56 Metascore

VIRTUAL JFK investigates one of the most debated "what if" scenarios in the history of U.S. foreign policy: What would President John F. Kennedy have done in Vietnam if he had not been ... See full summary »

Director: Koji Masutani | Star: John F. Kennedy

Votes: 110

34. Holiday Beach (2011)

89 min | Drama

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Drama based upon events that took place on a desolate Navy radio base on Kodiak Island, Alaska in 1962. It recounts the terror faced by young sailors at the hand of a fellow sailor and ... See full summary »

Director: Serik Larson | Stars: Michael Brenholt, Nathan Christopher, Paul Cram, Tony D. Czech

35. Spies Above (1996 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

8.1
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A history of U.S. spy satellites.

Director: Kurt Sayenga | Stars: Gillian Anderson, Dino A. Brugioni, Sergei Khrushchev

Votes: 21

36. Roots of the Cuban Missile Crisis (2001 Video)

48 min | Documentary, History

8.0
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This is a documentary about the historical context of the Cuban Missile Crisis, that is available on the DVD for the film, Thirteen Days (2000). Using archival footage and new interviews ... See full summary »

Director: Alita Holly | Stars: Sam Donaldson, Ernest R. May, Sergei Khrushchev, Marvin Kalb

Votes: 43

37. The Lost Kennedy Home Movies (2011 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History

8.2
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Director: Harrison Engle | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Hugh Auchincloss, Dai Bao, Lem Billings

Votes: 31

38. Battle History of the U. S. Coast Guard (2004– )

130 min | Documentary

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This program chronicles the role of the Coast Guard in war and peace over its 200 years of service to the United States. The program details the Coast Guards critical roles in the Civil War... See full summary »

Star: Stan Watts

39. Battle History of the Air Force (2003– )

War

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The United States Air Force grew out of the Army Air Corps to become a crucial branch of the American military. This program chronicles the challenges and blunders overcome the made it the world's unchallenged preeminent air force.

40. Fidel Castro: A Life of Revolution (2010 Video)

90 min | Documentary, Biography

7.0
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The life and career of the Cuban revolutionary and leader.

Director: Terence McKenna | Stars: Jon Lee Anderson, Fulgencio Batista, Jimmy Carter, Rosalynn Carter

Votes: 8

41. John F. Kennedy (1981 Video)

Not Rated | 104 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Stars: John F. Kennedy, Charles Collingwood, John Hart, Jackie Kennedy

42. Three Men Go to War (2012 TV Movie)

Documentary

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Originally aired on PBS, its complete title is Cuban Missile Crisis: Three Men Go To War. It focuses on the roles played by Kennedy, Kruschev and Castro in the 1962 crisis and features interviews with key witnesses and experts.

Directors: John Murray, Emer Reynolds

Votes: 14

43. Cuban Missile Crisis: Secret Subs (2002 TV Movie)

TV-G | Documentary

7.8
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Director: Jane Armstrong | Stars: Robert J. Tavenor, Mike Vardy

Votes: 5

44. JFK: John F. Kennedy - The Presidential Years (2007 Video)

57 min | Documentary, Biography, History

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Thirteen dramatic speeches delivered during John F. Kennedy's run for the office and while President of the United States.

Star: John F. Kennedy

45. Die Nervenprobe - Kuba-Krise '62 (2002 TV Movie)

90 min | Documentary, History

6.8
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Directors: Stefan Brauburger, Günther Klein | Stars: John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Robert McNamara

Votes: 8

46. Thank You, Mr. President: The Press Conferences of JFK (1983 Video)

32 min | Documentary

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Director: Arthur J. Bressan Jr. | Stars: John F. Kennedy, E.G. Marshall, Pierre Salinger

47. Clouds Over Cuba (2012)

Documentary

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Directors: Erich Joiner, Ben Tricklebank

48. Dominance and Terror: A Discussion with Noam Chomsky (2004 TV Short)

15 min | Documentary, Short, History

7.9
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An illuminating window into the mind of American linguist, philosopher, political activist, author and the most cited scholar of our time. Director Roberto S. Oregel composes a provocative ... See full summary »

Director: Roberto S. Oregel | Star: Noam Chomsky

Votes: 17

49. We Love You: Michigan 1962-1963 Diary (1998)

30 min | Documentary, Short

4.3
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Director: Marja Pensala | Stars: Elsa Saisio, Marja Pensala, Jeanne Gyenese, Joseph Gyenese

Votes: 6

50. Dangerous World: The Kennedy Years (1997 TV Movie)

86 min | Documentary

8.1
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President Kennedy served just three years in office, but they were three of the most difficult years of any presidency. The United States was locked in a global power struggle with the ... See full summary »

Stars: Peter Jennings, Judith Campbell Exner, Fidel Castro, Sam Giancana

Votes: 8



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