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1. Horrible Histories (2009–2019)

28 min | Comedy, Family, History

8.8
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A group of British comedians show the sides of history they don't teach you in school. From the 'Savage Stone Age' to the 'Troublesome 20th Century', you see the full side to history.

Stars: Jim Howick, Simon Farnaby, Mathew Baynton, Martha Howe-Douglas

Votes: 3,502

2. The Empress Ki (2013– )

Action, Drama, History

8.5
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A Korea-born warrior girl had to be a servant at the Mongol Yuan court but somehow overcame her low status to become an empress in another land.

Stars: Ji-won Ha, Hye-Rin Han, Jin-mo Ju, Chang-Wook Ji

Votes: 1,159

3. Dreams (1990)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Fantasy

7.8
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A collection of tales based upon the actual dreams of director Akira Kurosawa.

Directors: Akira Kurosawa, Ishirô Honda | Stars: Akira Terao, Mitsuko Baishô, Toshie Negishi, Mieko Harada

Votes: 22,347 | Gross: $1.96M

4. Isabel (2011–2014)

75 min | Biography, History

8.3
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Life of Isabella I of Castile, also known as Isabella the Catholic.

Stars: Michelle Jenner, Ramon Madaula, Rodolfo Sancho, Jordi Díaz

Votes: 1,627

5. Free Birds (2013)

PG | 91 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

5.9
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38 Metascore

Two turkeys from opposite sides of the tracks must put aside their differences and team up to travel back in time to change the course of history, and get Turkeys off the Thanksgiving menu for good.

Director: Jimmy Hayward | Stars: Woody Harrelson, Owen Wilson, Dan Fogler, Amy Poehler

Votes: 21,519 | Gross: $55.75M

6. The Exotic House of Wax (1997)

R | 85 min | Comedy, Fantasy, Mystery

3.3
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The action heats up when history's most memorable icons come to life for an amorous meltdown in this interactive "please touch" museum.

Director: Cybil Richards | Stars: Blake Pickett, Jacqueline Lovell, Everett Rodd, Eric Acsell

Votes: 419

7. The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show (2015–2017)

TV-Y7 | 23 min | Animation, Short, Adventure

5.6
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The world's smartest dog and his boy host a TV talk show.

Stars: Chris Parnell, Max Charles, David P. Smith, Laura Prats

Votes: 276

8. Great Queen Seonduk (2009)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.8
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Story of Queen Seondeok who was born a princess, brought up among commoners and overcame many trials to become the ruler of Silla.

Stars: Woong-in Jeong, Jeong-hyeon Kim, Dam Ryu, Yo-won Lee

Votes: 804

9. The Story of Mankind (1957)

100 min | Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.0
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The devil and the spirit of mankind argue as to whether or not humanity is ultimately good or evil.

Director: Irwin Allen | Stars: Ronald Colman, Hedy Lamarr, Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx

Votes: 1,057

10. The Empress of China (2014–2015)

45 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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Harem inner life and female rivalry story based on events of life of Wu Zetian; the only female Emperor in the Chinese history.

Stars: Bingbing Fan, Baoping Shen, Huichun Wang, Yuan Gao

Votes: 273

11. Flying Colors (2015)

117 min | Drama

7.4
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Story about a problematic blonde girl, Sayaka who knows nothing about academic but wants to enter one of the prestige university in Japan in just one year?

Director: Nobuhiro Doi | Stars: Kasumi Arimura, Nanami Abe, Morio Agata, Atsushi Itô

Votes: 2,204

12. Kartini (2017)

122 min | Biography, Drama, Family

7.7
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This is a story about the most famous Indonesian heroine, Kartini. In the early 1900s, Indonesia was still a colony of the Netherlands, Java is a land where noble families rule under Dutch ... See full summary »

Director: Hanung Bramantyo | Stars: Dian Sastrowardoyo, Reza Rahadian, Adinia Wirasti, Djenar Maesa Ayu

Votes: 305

13. The Glory of Tang Dynasty (2017– )

Drama, History, Romance

7.1
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The series is about the ups and downs in the life of Shen Zhen Zhu, a exceptional beauty living during the most turbulent periods of the Tang dynasty.

Stars: Tian Jing, Jialun Ren, Han Chin, Yuan Du

Votes: 44

14. Emperor of the Sea (2004–2005)

22 min | Drama

8.0
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Jang Bo Go (Choi Soo Jong) was a slave from Shilla (a Korean dynasty that lasted from 57 B.C. until 935 A.D.) He was sold in China during the Tang Dynasty, where he was trained as a ... See full summary »

Stars: Soo-bin Bae, Seo Do Young, Gi-seok Do, Ho-geun Jeong

Votes: 707

15. The Best of Mr. Peabody & Sherman (1959– )

Animation, Comedy, Family

8.2
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The time traveling misadventures of a genius dog and his adopted son.

Stars: Daws Butler, William Conrad, June Foray, Paul Frees

Votes: 86

16. A Tale of Two Sisters (2015– )

Documentary, Biography, History

6.4
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The relationships between female historical figures and their sisters.

Stars: Rachael Stirling, Sarah Bradford, A.N. Wilson, Tracy Borman

Votes: 37

17. Levski (2015)

130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

4.0
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The movie is about the great historical figure Vasil Levski. It follows five different plot lines: his attitude towards himself; his attitude towards the religion; the relationship with his... See full summary »

Director: Maxim Genchev | Stars: Veselin Plachkov, Simeon Filipov, Maxim Genchev, Nikolai Sotirov

Votes: 499

18. The Advisors Alliance (2017– )

45 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Life of Sima Yi, a famous ancient Chinese advisor during the Three Kingdom Era who helps Cao Pi to usurp the throne.

Stars: Xiubo Wu, Chen Li, Tao Liu, Xi Lai

Votes: 160

19. Insert Name Here (2016– )

TV-G | Comedy, Game-Show

6.6
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Comedy panel show in which host Sue Perkins challenges two teams to decide who is the best of the many famous people throughout history who share the same name.

Stars: Sue Perkins, Richard Osman, Josh Widdicombe, Kate Williams

Votes: 169

20. The Founding of an Army (2017)

133 min | Action, Drama, History

3.9
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The foundation of CCP army in 1927, Nanchang, Jiangxi Province.

Director: Andrew Lau | Stars: Ye Liu, Yawen Zhu, Zhi-zhong Huang, Hao Ou

Votes: 452

21. Kate Bush: Cloudbusting (1985 Video)

7 min | Short, Biography, Drama

8.2
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Music video for Kate Bush's song Cloudbusting about Wilhelm Reich. In 1950s Oregon, Reich and his son Peter (played by Bush) are trying to make his rainmaking machine work before the government agents arrive to arrest him.

Director: Julian Doyle | Stars: Kate Bush, Donald Sutherland

Votes: 85

22. A Clock Work Blue (1972)

X | 86 min | Comedy, Fantasy

4.1
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Bumbling Jewish mama's boy researcher Homer acquires a magical watch that enables him to go through time. While traveling through time Homer encounters such notable historical figures as ... See full summary »

Director: Eric Jeffrey Haims | Stars: Tracy Handfuss, Maria Arnold, Suzanne Fields, Shella Bancroft

Votes: 37

23. Shine or Go Crazy (2015)

Drama, Fantasy, Romance

7.2
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Wang So is the Prince of Goryeo who has a cursed fate. He had to get married with the Last Princess of Balhae, Shin Yool. She was born with the fate of becoming the light for another ... See full summary »

Stars: Hyuk Jang, Yeon-Seo Oh, Lee Hanee, Ju-hwan Lim

Votes: 131

24. Louis XI: Shattered Power (2011 TV Movie)

96 min | Drama, History

7.2
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A messenger comes to the old sick king Louis XI with the rumor that the he must be soon assassinated by his own lords. It is not difficult for the king to learn everything. He survives his final battle.

Director: Henri Helman | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Florence Pernel, Gaëlle Bona, Bruno Debrandt

Votes: 61

25. Gye Baek (2011– )

Drama, History

8.0
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General Gye-Baek of Baekje and his 5,000 soldiers go up against the Silla and Tang Dynasties. Their combined forces are 10 times the size of Bekjae's army.

Stars: Seo-jin Lee, Jae-Hyun Cho, Ji-Hyo Song, Jong-hwan Choi

Votes: 71

26. A Stitch in Time (2018)

30 min | Documentary, Biography, History

8.4
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Fashion historian Amber Butchart fuses biography, art and the history of fashion as she explores the lives of historical figures by examining the clothes that they wore.

Stars: Amber Butchart, Ninya Mikhaila, Harriet Waterhouse, Hannah Marples

Votes: 124

27. Great British Ships (2018– )

60 min | Documentary, History, War

7.8
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Engineer Rob Bell reveals the secrets behind some of the historic ships that shaped the history of our island nation.

Star: Rob Bell

Votes: 11

28. Nobunaga Concerto: The Movie (2016)

126 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

6.4
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This adaptation to a popular manga is the story of a contemporary teenager travelling back in time to the Sengoku period of the sixteenth century. There he meets with the historical figure ... See full summary »

Director: Hiroaki Matsuyama | Stars: Shun Oguri, Ko Shibasaki, Takayuki Yamada, Osamu Mukai

Votes: 287

29. Jang Yeong-Sil (2016)

Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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Drama series follows the life Jang Yeong Shil: a scientist, technician and inventor during the Joseon period. Jang Yeong Shil was born in the lower class nobi. King Sejong notices his ... See full summary »

Stars: Il-guk Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Yeong-cheol Kim, Seon-yeong Park

Votes: 58

30. The Last Days Of ... (2015– )

Documentary, Drama, History

7.5
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Stars: Toby Jones, Mehdi Aissaoui, Naomi Alderman, Mark Brent

Votes: 19

31. The Legend of Joan of Arc (2019)

48 min | Animation, Adventure, Biography

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A young girl receives a divine vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Steven Ritz-Barr | Stars: Andia Winslow, William O'Leary, Phil Baron, Steven Ritz-Barr

32. Richelieu: La pourpre et le sang (2014 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama, History

6.5
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In the Kingdom of France from 1640 is the old with his body ailing Cardinal Richelieu, powerful man under Louis XIII, faced with the machinations of his tipped designated successor, the Marquis de Cinq-Mars.

Director: Henri Helman | Stars: Jacques Perrin, Pierre Boulanger, Stéphan Guérin-Tillié, Hélène Seuzaret

Votes: 64

33. Top Kids (1987 TV Movie)

116 min | Fantasy, Sci-Fi

5.3
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Computer hackers with a time-travel simulator send a Formula One driver (Niki Lauda) back to a 1904 race.

Director: Michael Pfleghar | Stars: Anthony Ko, Scott Nemes, Jared Rushton, Niki Lauda

Votes: 15

34. Sound of the Desert (2014– )

Drama, History, Romance

7.9
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Yu Jin was raised within the desert tribes of Xiong Nu, was forced to flee to Chinese capital Chang'an where she got caught into palace politics due to her romantic involvement to important men.

Stars: Shi Shi Liu, Eddie Peng, Ge Hu, Fala Chen

Votes: 95

35. Of Light and Darkness (1998 Video Game)

T | Adventure, Fantasy, Horror

6.3
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Prophet Angel has been captured by Gar Hob, the lord of darkness. Banish him and save the world by redeeming the evil spirits of 31 historical figures. Find an item important to them and lure them in to the correct cleansing room.

Director: David Riordan | Stars: James Woods, Lolita Davidovich, Amanda Anka, Graham Beckel

Votes: 9

36. Corto Maltese and the Gilded House of Samarkand (2002)

79 min | Animation, Adventure, Drama

7.1
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In 1921, laconic adventurer Corto Maltese is in Turkey where several armed factions fight for control. He finds a map to a lost Persian treasure there. He'll need his friend Rasputin who's in Samarkand prison run by Corto's double.

Directors: Richard Danto, Liam Saury | Stars: Richard Berry, Patrick Bouchitey, Catherine Jacob, Olivier Brun

Votes: 210

37. The Iron Empress (2009)

Drama, History

6.3
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Empress Chun Chu makes great personal sacrifices as she uses her inherited wisdom to fight against enemies of the Goryeo dynasty.

Stars: Shi-ra Chae, Hyo-jeong Ban, Cheol-ho Choi, Jae-Sung Choi

Votes: 24

38. Soldier (2012– )

Drama, History

7.9
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This drama is a about a man who was born to the slave class during the Goryeo Dynasty, overruling the feudalist government that had been in power for over 60 years and becomes the most powerful man in the country.

Stars: Ju-hyuk Kim, Gyu-ri Kim, Bo-seok Jeong, Sang-min Park

Votes: 22

39. Raoul Wallenberg Tragic Hero or Agent 103? (2018)

720 min | Drama

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Raoul Wallenberg born 1912 Stockholm is send to Budapest 1944 July. His job is to save Jewish from Holocaust, his methods are non conventional. January 1945 arrested by Russians at Budapest Siege. Man who saved lives never returns home.

Director: Malga Kubiak | Stars: Malga Kubiak, Börje Lundberg, Alexi Carpentieri, Emily Kuhnke

40. The Battle for Britain's Heroes (2018 TV Movie)

47 min | Documentary, History

5.4
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Afua Hirsch questions whether some of Britain's historic heroes truly deserve their exalted status and meets opposition when she explores the racist views of the likes of Horatio Nelson and Winston Churchill.

Director: Richard Pearson | Stars: Afua Hirsch, Gerry George, Chris Wilson, Simon Jenkins

Votes: 5

41. Meet the Elephant Man (2011 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

6.9
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An examination of the life and remains of Joseph Merrick aka The Elephant Man, a Victorian age man who was deformed with a severe case of Proteus Syndrome.

Director: Mark Radice | Star: Richard Lintern

Votes: 16

42. Dead Famous DNA (2014– )

Documentary, History, Mystery

7.0
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Host Mark Evans investigates whether the DNA extracted from privately-owned remains of historical figures and celebrities like John Lennon's tooth or Eva Braun's hair can tell us something about these dead famous people.

Stars: Mark Evans, David Irving, Joni Mabe

Votes: 46

43. Intelligence

Drama | Announced

A spy period drama that explores the early days of the CIA as its new Director, Allen Dulles, transforms the small government organization into the most dangerous group in the world in ... See full summary »

44. Napoleon in Holland (2019)

Documentary, History

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Stars: Huub Stapel, Bart Van Loo, Ben Schoenmaker, Matthijs Lok

45. The Balloon Game (1953– )

30 min | Game-Show

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A studio jury passed judgment on three famous historical figures.

Star: William McElwee

46. Time Out (1963– )

10 min | History

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Australian historical figures (played by leading stage and TV actors) were "interviewed" in this unusual series.

Stars: Alistair Duncan, Lyndall Barbour, Richard Davis, Tom Farley

47. Imagens do Estado Novo 1937-45 (2016)

227 min | Documentary

7.9
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Newsreels, photographs, letters, diary excerpts, fiction and family films, folk songs and so on. Through these heterogeneous records, the film offers a vision of Getulio Vargas dictatorship... See full summary »

Director: Eduardo Escorel | Stars: Eduardo Escorel, Getúlio Vargas, Osvaldo Aranha, Gustavo Capanema

Votes: 26

48. Vukov Video Bukvar (1992– )

20 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.4
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Educational sketch program for children. In each episode, Vuk Karadzic himself magically shows up to teach one of the 30 letters of Serbian Cyrillic alphabet through fun and games to two young siblings. Their mom and other folks help out.

Stars: Vuk Bojovic, Dragana Ciric, Ljiljana Cubric, Svetislav Jankovic

Votes: 5

49. Tribunal (1963–1964)

10 min | History

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Controversial historical figures (played by actors) are interrogated about their actions.

Stars: Alistair Duncan, Ron Haddrick, Richard Davies, Stewart Ginn

50. Era (2017)

13 min | Short, History, Sci-Fi

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Two naive scientists discover a way to bring back people back from the past, starting with African American heroine Harriet Tubman.

Director: Anthony Richards | Stars: Brandon deSpain, Christine Dixon, Crystal Joy



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