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1. Soldiers of the Cross (1900)

Biography, Drama

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The plot outlined the story of the early Christian martyrs with a compendium of horrors guaranteed to jolt audiences into an awareness of terrible suffering for the sake of Christianity. ... See full summary »

Directors: Herbert Booth, Joseph Perry | Stars: Beatrice Day, Harold Graham, Mr. Graham, John Jones

Votes: 39

2. The Life of Charles Peace (I) (1905)

Short, Biography, Crime

6.8
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The story of Charles Peace, one of Britain's most notorious criminals. Peace was an expert in cat burglary. The film reconstructs Peace's real-life leap from a train on his way to trial for... See full summary »

Director: William Haggar | Stars: Walter Haggar, Violet Haggar, Lily Haggar, James Haggar

Votes: 26

3. Edgar Allan Poe (1909)

7 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.0
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The story, while not biographical, is founded on incidents in his life, showing his devotion for his sick wife, Virginia. Desperate from his utter helplessness to ameliorate his dying ... See full summary »

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Barry O'Moore, Linda Arvidson, Arthur V. Johnson, Charles Perley

Votes: 358

4. Queen Elizabeth (1912)

44 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.2
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Episodes from the life of Elizabeth I, Queen of England (1533-1603), focusing on her ill-fated love affair with Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex.

Directors: Henri Desfontaines, Louis Mercanton | Stars: Sarah Bernhardt, Lou Tellegen, Max Maxudian, Nita Romani

Votes: 85

5. Lincoln, the Lover (1914)

10 min | Short, Biography, Romance

8.2
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Returning from his inauguration, Lincoln, with the sounds of the acclaim of the populace still in his ears, and realizing in a moment of loneliness the emptiness of his life, dreams of Ann ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Ince | Stars: Ralph Ince, Anita Stewart, E.K. Lincoln, Logan Paul

Votes: 5

6. Gambling Inside and Out (1915)

Biography, Drama

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Star: John Philip Quinn

7. The Raven (1915)

Not Rated | 57 min | Biography, Drama

5.5
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Edgar Allan Poe, while at college, incurs many debts and is sent home in disgrace. He is ordered from the house by his father. Shortly after, he marries, and tries to make a living by ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Brabin | Stars: Henry B. Walthall, Warda Howard, Ernest Maupain, Eleanor Thompson

Votes: 73

8. David Garrick (1916)

Passed | 50 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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The true story of the famed British actor David Garrick and his love for Ada Ingot.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Dustin Farnum, Winifred Kingston, Herbert Standing, Frank A. Bonn

9. Her Country's Call (1917)

Biography, Drama

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Mountain girl Jess Slocum, lives with her father in a cabin above an army camp. When his daughter questions his hatred of soldiers, Slocum admits to having been drummed out of an army camp ... See full summary »

Director: Lloyd Ingraham | Stars: Mary Miles Minter, George Periolat, Allan Forrest, Henry A. Barrows

10. Nelson (1918)

70 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.7
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Lord Nelson's life, loves and death.

Director: Maurice Elvey | Stars: Donald Calthrop, Malvina Longfellow, Ivy Close, Ernest Thesiger

Votes: 9

11. Gloria que mata (1922)

Documentary, Biography

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Documentary about the killing by a bull of the bullfighter Manuel Granero. Includes scenes from the film Corazón de España o El triunfo de Granero (1921).

Director: Rafael Salvador | Stars: Chicuelo, Consuelo Granero, Manuel Granero, Rafael Gómez 'El Gallo'

12. Nero (1922)

Passed | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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Director: J. Gordon Edwards | Stars: Jacques Grétillat, Sandro Salvini, Guido Trento, Enzo De Felice

13. Salomé (1922)

Not Rated | 72 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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Salome, the daughter of Herodias, seduces her step-father/uncle Herod, governor of Judea, with a salacious dance. In return, he promises her the head of the prophet John the Baptist.

Directors: Charles Bryant, Alla Nazimova | Stars: Alla Nazimova, Nigel De Brulier, Mitchell Lewis, Rose Dione

Votes: 765

14. The Little Napoleon (1923)

Biography, Drama

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The youngest brother of Napoleon, Jerome, who, after the unfortunate peace of Tilsit, on August 18, 1807, took control of the newly created kingdom of Westphalia, holds his splendid court ... See full summary »

Director: Georg Jacoby | Stars: Egon von Hagen, Paul Heidemann, Harry Liedtke, Jakob Tiedtke

Votes: 14

15. Christopher Columbus (1923)

Biography, Drama, History

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The story of Columbus' seven year struggle to gain backing for his voyage to America. Previous ventures to the North American continent by Asians, Phoenicians and Norsemen are also acknowledged.

Director: Edwin L. Hollywood | Stars: Fred Eric, Paul McAllister, Howard Truesdale, Leslie Stowe

16. Paganini (1923)

90 min | Biography, Music

7.1
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Director: Heinz Goldberg | Stars: Conrad Veidt, Eva May, Greta Schröder, Harry Hardt

Votes: 24

17. With Davy Crockett at the Fall of the Alamo (1926)

Passed | 60 min | Biography, History, Western

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Focuses on Davy Crockett before & during his time at the Alamo as one of the defenders, and ultimately, one of those who gave their lives.

Director: Robert N. Bradbury | Stars: Cullen Landis, Kathryn McGuire, Edward Hearn, Fletcher Norton

Votes: 13

18. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 42,213 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Disraeli (1929)

Passed | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Prime Minister of Great Britain Benjamin Disraeli outwits the subterfuge of the Russians and chicanery at home in order to secure the purchase of the Suez Canal.

Director: Alfred E. Green | Stars: George Arliss, Doris Lloyd, David Torrence, Joan Bennett

Votes: 923

20. Die Königsloge (1929)

76 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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Drama about Edmund Kean, born in 1787, who became the greatest Shakespearean actor of his day.

Director: Bryan Foy | Stars: Alexander Moissi, Camilla Horn, Lew Hearn, Elsa Ersi

21. Ludwig der Zweite, König von Bayern (1930)

117 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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Director: William Dieterle | Stars: William Dieterle, Theodor Loos, Eugen Burg, Ferdinand von Alten

Votes: 35

22. Lover Divine (1933)

85 min | Biography, Drama, Music

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Franz Schubert works as school teacher, yet his mind and soul are in music. When he is engaged as a pianist for an aristocratic soirée he doesn't suspect how this will change his life forever and even determine his unfinished symphony.

Director: Willi Forst | Stars: Mártha Eggerth, Luise Ullrich, Hans Jaray, Hans Moser

Votes: 79

23. The Man Who Dared (1933)

Passed | 72 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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An "imaginative biography" of Anton Cermak, mayor of Chicago who was killed in the line of fire during an assassination attempt on President-elect Franklin D. Roosevelt in Miami on February 15, 1933.

Director: Hamilton MacFadden | Stars: Preston Foster, Zita Johann, Joan Marsh, Irén Biller

Votes: 16

24. Strauss' Great Waltz (1934)

Approved | 80 min | Biography, Music, Romance

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The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Director: Alfred Hitchcock | Stars: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton

Votes: 1,164

25. Willem van Oranje (1934)

75 min | Biography, Drama, History

5.8
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Director: Jan Teunissen | Stars: Cor Van der Lugt Melsert, Louise Kooiman, Willy Haak, Cor Hermus

Votes: 12

26. Annie Oakley (1935)

Passed | 90 min | Biography, Drama, Western

6.7
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A romanticized biography of the famous sharpshooter.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Barbara Stanwyck, Preston Foster, Melvyn Douglas, Moroni Olsen

Votes: 1,429

27. Diamond Jim (1935)

Approved | 88 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.8
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The story of legendary gambler Diamond Jim Brady and his romance with entertainer Lillian Russell.

Director: A. Edward Sutherland | Stars: Edward Arnold, Jean Arthur, Binnie Barnes, Cesar Romero

Votes: 170

28. Drake the Pirate (1935)

78 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.6
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Director: Arthur B. Woods | Stars: Matheson Lang, Athene Seyler, Jane Baxter, Henry Mollison

Votes: 17

29. Memories and Melodies (1935)

16 min | Short, Biography, Musical

6.1
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This beautiful Technicolor short features the songs of the great American popular composer Stephen Collins Foster. Lovely antebellum costumes and atmosphere foreshadow the MGM production ... See full summary »

Director: James A. FitzPatrick | Stars: Nora Cecil, Jean Chatburn, Jesse Graves

Votes: 33

30. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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87 Metascore

A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 19,366

31. Pasteur (1935)

Biography, Drama, History

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The biography of Louis Pasteur (1822-1895), the French biologist credited for his research on vaccination, microbial fermentation, and pasteurization.

Directors: Sacha Guitry, Fernand Rivers | Stars: Sacha Guitry, Jean Périer, José Squinquel, Gaston Dubosc

Votes: 52

32. Bocage (1936)

124 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

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Bocage is a former navy officer, a cultured gentleman, a passionate man, and a poet. He lived in the second half of the 18th century, and he goes through a number of relationships, writing ... See full summary »

Director: José Leitão de Barros | Stars: Raul de Carvalho, Maria Albertina, Silvestre Alegrim, Carlos Alves

Votes: 12

33. Sant Tukaram (1936)

131 min | Biography

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This classic film chronicles the life of Tukaram (17th C.), one of Maharashtra's most popular saint poets, activating the 20th-C. resonances of his turning away from courtly Sanskrit ... See full summary »

Directors: Vishnupant Govind Damle, Sheikh Fattelal | Stars: Vishnupant Pagnis, Gauri, B. Nandrekar, Shankar Kulkarni

Votes: 202

34. Lenin in October (1937)

Approved | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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The movie about events of October revolution of 1917 and Lenin's role in the organization of revolt of Bolsheviks.

Directors: Mikhail Romm, Dmitriy Vasilev | Stars: Boris Shchukin, Nikolai Okhlopkov, Vasili Vanin, Nikolai Svobodin

Votes: 240

35. The Buccaneer (1938)

Approved | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.6
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Semi-fictional account of pirate Jean Lafitte's involvement in the War of 1812.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Fredric March, Franciska Gaal, Akim Tamiroff, Margot Grahame

Votes: 580

36. Friends (1939)

85 min | Biography, War

6.4
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Director: Lev Arnshtam | Stars: Boris Babochkin, Irina Zarubina, Nikolay Cherkasov, Stepan Kayukov

Votes: 17

37. That Mothers Might Live (1938)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, Drama

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It's the mid-nineteenth century. As long as there have been hospitals, the joy that women have felt having just given birth in a hospital may be quickly marred by their sudden death due to ... See full summary »

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Shepperd Strudwick, John Nesbitt, Rudolph Anders, King Baggot

Votes: 169

38. Angel of Mercy (1939)

Approved | 10 min | Short, Biography, Drama

6.7
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Story of Clara Barton, founder of the Red Cross.

Director: Edward L. Cahn | Stars: John Nesbitt, Oscar Apfel, William Bailey, Barbara Bedford

Votes: 62

39. The Flying Irishman (1939)

Approved | 71 min | Biography, Drama

5.2
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This is the story of the historic 1938 flight of Douglas 'Wrong Way' Corrigan. Mr. Corrigan starred in this film, which chronicled his infamous flight. On July 17, 1938, Mr. Corrigan loaded... See full summary »

Director: Leigh Jason | Stars: Douglas Corrigan, Paul Kelly, Robert Armstrong, Gene Reynolds

Votes: 129

40. The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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A depiction of the love/hate relationship between Queen Elizabeth I and Robert Devereux, the Earl of Essex.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Bette Davis, Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland, Donald Crisp

Votes: 4,673

41. Rasputin (1938)

93 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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Story of the Siberian monk Gregory Rasputin and the hold he exerted over the court of the last Russian czar, Nicholas.

Director: Marcel L'Herbier | Stars: Harry Baur, Marcelle Chantal, Pierre Richard-Willm, Carine Nelson

Votes: 30

42. Shors (1939)

92 min | Biography, Drama, War

6.4
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Biography of Ukrainian revolutionary Nikolai Alexandrovitch Shchors. Shchors leads the peasants and workers to advance on Kiev.

Directors: Aleksandr Dovzhenko, Yuliya Solntseva | Stars: Evgeniy Samoylov, Ivan Skuratov, Yu. Bantysh, D. Barbinski

Votes: 134

43. Sons of Liberty (1939)

Approved | 20 min | Short, Biography, Drama

5.9
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Set during the American Revolution, this colorful 2 reel short tells the story of Haym Salomon, American patriot and financier of the American Revolution.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Claude Rains, Gale Sondergaard, Donald Crisp, Montagu Love

Votes: 273

44. The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)

Approved | 93 min | Biography, Drama, Musical

6.9
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The story of married couple Irene Castle and Vernon Castle, sensational ballroom dancers prior to World War I.

Director: H.C. Potter | Stars: Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Edna May Oliver, Walter Brennan

Votes: 2,124 | Gross: $1.12M

45. Abe Lincoln in Illinois (1940)

Approved | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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Humble Abraham Lincoln gains the respect of his Illinois neighbors, growing in stature and respect until he is elected President in 1860 and departs for Washington.

Director: John Cromwell | Stars: Raymond Massey, Gene Lockhart, Ruth Gordon, Mary Howard

Votes: 1,565

46. Brigham Young (1940)

Approved | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, History

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In 1844, after the assassination of Mormon leader Joseph Smith by an angry mob in Illinois, the Mormons choose Brigham Young as their new leader and follow him to a new promised land in Utah.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Tyrone Power, Linda Darnell, Dean Jagger, Brian Donlevy

Votes: 915

47. Edison, the Man (1940)

Passed | 107 min | Biography, Drama

7.1
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82 year old inventor and entrepreneur Thomas Alva Edison is honored in 1929 and he reflects back on his sixty year career of scientific achievement.

Director: Clarence Brown | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Rita Johnson, Lynne Overman, Charles Coburn

Votes: 1,435

48. Semmelweis (1940)

85 min | Biography, Drama

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Director: André De Toth | Stars: Tivadar Uray, Juliska Ligeti, Gyula Gózon, Margit Árpád

Votes: 19

49. The Life of Simon Bolivar (1942)

Adventure, Biography, Drama

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Director: Miguel Contreras Torres | Stars: Julián Soler, Marina Tamayo, Carlos Orellana, Margarita Mora

Votes: 17

50. Young Tom Edison (1940)

Approved | 86 min | Biography, Drama

6.8
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Inventor Thomas Edison's boyhood is chronicled and shows him as a lad whose early inventions and scientific experiments usually end up causing disastrous results. As a result, the towns ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Taurog | Stars: Mickey Rooney, Fay Bainter, George Bancroft, Virginia Weidler

Votes: 981


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