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1. Castle in the Sky (1986)

PG | 125 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

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78 Metascore

A young boy and a girl with a magic crystal must race against pirates and foreign agents in a search for a legendary floating castle.

Director: Hayao Miyazaki | Stars: Mayumi Tanaka, Keiko Yokozawa, Kotoe Hatsui, Minori Terada

Votes: 142,170

2. North & South (2004)

TV-PG | 235 min | Drama, Romance

8.6
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North and South is a four part adaptation of Elizabeth Gaskell's love story of Margaret Hale, a middle class southerner who is forced to move to the northern town of Milton.

Stars: Daniela Denby-Ashe, Richard Armitage, Tim Pigott-Smith, Sinéad Cusack

Votes: 28,757

3. Cranford (2007–2010)

TV-PG | 469 min | Drama

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In the 1840s, Cranford is ruled by the ladies. They adore good gossip, and romance and change is in the air, as the unwelcome grasp of the Industrial Revolution rapidly approaches their beloved rural market-town.

Stars: Judi Dench, Julia McKenzie, Imelda Staunton, Lisa Dillon

Votes: 8,249

4. Gwen (II) (2018)

Not Rated | 84 min | Drama, History, Mystery

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63 Metascore

A folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.

Director: William McGregor | Stars: Richard Harrington, Mark Lewis Jones, Maxine Peake, Eleanor Worthington-Cox

Votes: 2,117

5. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, History, War

6.7
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In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to the British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,934

6. The Promised Land (1975)

Not Rated | 179 min | Drama

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At the turn of the century, Lodz, Poland was a quick-paced manufacturing center for textiles, replete with cutthroat industrialists and unsafe working conditions. Three young friends, a ... See full summary »

Director: Andrzej Wajda | Stars: Daniel Olbrychski, Wojciech Pszoniak, Andrzej Seweryn, Anna Nehrebecka

Votes: 2,994

7. Swept from the Sea (1997)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

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The of story of Russian emigrant Yanko Goorall and servant Amy Foster in the end of nineteenth century. When Yanko enters a farm, sick and hungry after the shipwreck, everyone is afraid of him, except for Amy.

Director: Beeban Kidron | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Vincent Perez, Ian McKellen, Kathy Bates

Votes: 3,026 | Gross: $0.28M

8. Invention for Destruction (1958)

Unrated | 83 min | Animation, Adventure, Fantasy

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An evil millionaire named Artigas plans to use a super-explosive device to conquer the world from his headquarters inside an enormous volcano.

Director: Karel Zeman | Stars: Lubor Tokos, Arnost Navrátil, Miroslav Holub, Frantisek Slégr

Votes: 1,819

9. Sharpe's Justice (1997 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 100 min | Adventure, Drama

7.6
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Returning to Yorkshire, Sharpe finds himself on the wrong side between corrupt employers and exploited workers.

Director: Tom Clegg | Stars: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, Caroline Langrishe

Votes: 1,732

10. The Tragedy of Man (2011)

160 min | Animation, Drama, History

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Adam's and Eve's epic journey throughout history trying to find the meaning of human life. Do we grow in wisdom as centuries pass, or just drift towards an inevitable doom?

Director: Marcell Jankovics | Stars: Gyula Balázsi, Péter Benkö, Ágnes Bertalan, Péter Blaskó

Votes: 665

11. Hard Times (1994– )

100 min | Drama

6.5
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Thomas Gradgrind, a wealthy, retired merchant in the industrial city of Coketown, England, devotes his life to a philosophy of rationalism, self-interest, and fact. He raises his oldest ... See full summary »

Stars: Harriet Walter, Bill Paterson, Alan Bates, Beatie Edney

Votes: 240

12. History of the World in 2 Hours (2011 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 120 min | Documentary, History

7.0
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A rapid-fire history of our world, from the beginning of time as we know it to present day. This two-hour CGI-driven special delves into the key turning points: the formation of earth, ... See full summary »

Director: Douglas Cohen | Stars: Corey Burton, Alex Filippenko, Peter Ward, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 872

13. Daens (1992)

138 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje de Boeck, Michael Pas

Votes: 3,763

14. Lost Odyssey (2007 Video Game)

T | Action, Adventure

8.6
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After a meteor wipes out the majority of forces from the nations of Uhra and Khent, Kaim joins Seth and Jansen to investigate the Grand Staff at the behest of the council of Uhra. At the ... See full summary »

Directors: Hironobu Sakaguchi, Roy Sato | Stars: Keith Ferguson, Tara Strong, Salli Saffioti, Kim Mai Guest

Votes: 411

15. Age of Empires III (2005 Video Game)

Action, Adventure, War

7.8
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Age of Empires III portrays the European colonization of the Americas, between approximately 1492 and 1876 AD. Command one of eight mighty European powers and colonize vast, uncharted territory.

Director: Kris Zimmerman | Stars: Rosalind Ayres, Michael Bell, Gregg Berger, Bettina Bush

Votes: 2,275

16. Great (Isambard Kingdom Brunel) (1975)

30 min | Documentary, Animation, Short

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An animated film about the British engineer Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who spearheaded numerous engineering marvels of the early 19th century - including the Thames Tunnel, the Great Western ... See full summary »

Director: Bob Godfrey | Stars: Richard Briers, Harry Fowler, Barbara Moore, Angus Lennie

Votes: 259

17. La révolte des enfants (1992)

97 min | Drama

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Director: Gérard Poitou-Weber | Stars: Michel Aumont, André Wilms, Clémentine Amouroux, Nada Strancar

Votes: 65

18. Donald and the Wheel (1961)

Approved | 17 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

6.5
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A father tells his son the invention of the wheel was most important; to prove it, the two hipsters visit the inventor caveman Donald Duck. There follows a survey of the progress of ... See full summary »

Director: Hamilton Luske | Stars: Bill Cole, Bill Lee, Thurl Ravenscroft, Max Smith

Votes: 238

19. Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura (2001 Video Game)

Adventure, Fantasy

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It's time for some technology in the magic world of Arcanum. You are the sole survivor of IFS Zephyr crash. Well, you were not alone, but the noble gnome have just passed away before your ... See full summary »

Stars: Jeff Coopwood, Barry Dennen, Michael Gough, Nick Jameson

Votes: 361

20. The Eleventh Year (1928)

52 min | Documentary

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This documentary film is showing the hard labor of countrymen in industrial production to strengthen the U.S.S.R. economy and turning their country into a world power.

Director: Dziga Vertov

Votes: 249

21. David Macaulay: Mill Times (2001)

Documentary, Animation, History

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Travel back to late 18th century Lowell, MA, now infamous for its textile mills and its "Lowell Girls," the poor, barely-educated waifs who helped turn those mills into sweatshops.

Director: Larry Klein | Stars: David Macaulay, Derek Jacobi, Richard Bebb, Brook Butterworth

Votes: 9

22. Triadic (2017)

11 min | Documentary, Short

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The will breaks down, vanishes, the life makes its way. Everything human comes from the earth and to the earth it must return.

Director: José Tomé | Stars: José Manuél Rodriguez Cayuela, Katja Kaiser, Magda Kryda, María Maksutova

23. Understanding Our World: An Interview with Ayn Rand (1961 TV Short)

30 min | Documentary, Short

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Stars: James V. McConnell, Ayn Rand

Votes: 14

24. Émile Zola ou La conscience humaine (1978– )

495 min | Biography, Drama

7.6
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Stars: Jean Topart, Dominique Davray, Maryvonne Schiltz, François Chaumette

Votes: 12

25. Vår egen tid (1959)

103 min | Documentary, History, War

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Shows footage from King Haakon the 7th arrival in Norway in 1905 to the beginning of the space age.

Stars: Rolf Kirkvaag, Jan Frydenlund, Bjørnstjerne Bjørnson, Winston Churchill

26. Tasukeai no rekishi: Seimei hoken no hajimari (1976 Video)

30 min | Animation, Short

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Director: Gisaburô Sugii | Star: Kyôko Kishida

27. SkyGunner (2001 Video Game)

E | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

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Directors: Hiroyuki Kotani, Yuji Nakamura | Stars: Eri Miyajima, Sôichirô Hoshi, Sayaka Ôhara, Naomi Kusumi

Votes: 5

28. The Sweet Makers (2017)
Episode: A Victorian Treat (2017)

59 min | Documentary, History

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The four modern confectioners use original recipes to recreate a Victorian sweet shop. Factory workers sought delicious but cheap treats so the sweet makers have to work longer hours as profit margins are tight.

Director: Anna Llewellyn | Stars: Annie Gray, Emma Dabiri, Andy Baxendale, Faye Prior

29. The Andrew Klavan Show (2015– )
Episode: Cleaning Up After Hurricane Obama (2017)

Talk-Show

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The media's new narrative is "Trump is mean". On Knucklehead Row, David Brooks draws strange conclusions from Hurricane Harvey. Kim Jong-un sets off a bomb. Taylor Swift grows ever darker.

Stars: Andrew Klavan, Jeff Sessions, Barack Obama, David Brooks

30. Antiques Road Trip (2010– )
Episode: Episode #20.14 (2020)

44 min | History

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Steven and Angus hit the byways of Derbyshire and Yorkshire for the 4th leg of their trip. They visit some survivors of the industrial revolution and sample some more delicious indigenous pastry products.

Directors: Jonathan Hales, Paul Leyshon | Stars: Tim Wonnacott, Angus Ashworth, Steven Moore

31. Murdoch Mysteries (2008– )
Episode: I, Murdoch (2009)

TV-PG | 48 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

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A young boy witnesses what sounds like a robot and men with guns near the creek where he was fishing, but no one at the precinct quite believes him.

Director: Laurie Lynd | Stars: Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig, Jonny Harris

Votes: 202

32. Filthy Cities (2011)
Episode: Industrial New York (2011)

Documentary

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In the 19th century New York City experience a flood immigrants which, coupled with parasites, disease and political corruption, created one of the most hazardous living environments in ... See full summary »

Director: Andy Robbins | Stars: Dan Snow, Roger Horowitz, Peter Mintun, Jim Pynn

Votes: 18

33. Schoolhouse Rock! (1973–2009)
Episode: Mother Necessity (1976)

TV-Y | 4 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.9
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A run-through of the needs that inspired some of America's most influential inventions.

Stars: Lynn Ahrens, Blossom Dearie, Bob Dorough, Essra Mohawk

Votes: 23

34. How the Silk Road Made the World (2019–2020)
Episode: Revolutions (2019)

52 min | Documentary, History

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Stars: Jonathan Bloom, Cornelia Schneider, H.M. Agnes Hsu, Francis Pierre

35. Secrets of the Manor House (2012– )
Episode: Secrets of the Manor House (2012)

TV-PG | 60 min | Documentary

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Secrets of the Manor House will look beyond the fiction to explore the background of the British titled class in Edwardian times.

Director: Susannah Ward | Stars: Samuel West, Geoffrey Dymond, Emperor Franz Josef, Mary Gledhill

Votes: 48

36. BBC Sunday-Night Play (1960–1963)
Episode: Six Men of Dorset (1962)

75 min | Drama

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The story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs, nineteenth-century labourers who formed a union and were transported to Australia.

Director: Brandon Acton-Bond | Stars: Victoria Kear, Therese McMurray, Ruth Porcher, Brian Jackson

37. Made in Great Britain (2018– )
Episode: Steel (2018)

59 min | Documentary

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Four craft-makers learn about Sheffield's rapid transformation from a rural market town to an industrial powerhouse that became famous around the world as "Steel City" - making high-quality steel blades and cutlery.

Directors: Joseph Cunningham, Kim Maddever | Stars: Steph McGovern, Katie Ventress, Charlton Nicholl, Jason Stocks-Young

38. The Ascent of Man (1973)
Episode: The Drive for Power (1973)

Documentary

8.1
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Three revolutions change civilization: The American Revolution, the French Revolution and the Industrial Revolution.

Star: Jacob Bronowski

Votes: 32

39. Schoolhouse Rock! (1973–2009)
Episode: The Energy Blues (1979)

TV-Y | 4 min | Animation, Short, Family

7.4
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Thirty years later, the world is still singing the "Energy Blues."

Star: Jack Sheldon

Votes: 19

40. The Great Model Railway Challenge (2018– )
Episode: The Final (2018)

44 min | Game-Show, Reality-TV

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The five teams compete in the final on the theme A Journey Through Time, creating models based on the Cold War, the industrial revolution, 1950s West Country railways, the 2012 Olympics, and all the way into the future.

Directors: Suki Javlae, Bryher Williams, Ben Cook, Marko Gowan | Stars: James Richardson, Tim Shaw, Steve Flint, Kathy Millatt

41. Machine Gun: History Down the Barrel of a Gun (1999)
Episode: White Smoking Devil (1999)

60 min | Documentary

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Stars: Lawrence Bayne, Tony Benn, Alan Clark, Richard Cornblum



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