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Schindler's List
  • Schindler's List (1993)
  • Drama, History, War
  • Told from the perspective of businessman Oskar Schindler who saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory. Schindler’s List is based on a true story, illustrated in black and white and controversially filmed in many original locations.
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Schindler's List
Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue
  • Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue (2019)
  • History, Documentary
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Shusenjo: The Main Battleground of the Comfort Women Issue
Saving Private Ryan
  • Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  • Drama, History, War
  • As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are tasked with penetrating German-held territory and bringing the boy home.
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Saving Private Ryan
Shock and Awe
  • Shock and Awe (2018)
  • Drama, History, Thriller
  • A group of journalists covering George Bush's planned invasion of Iraq in 2003 are skeptical of the presidents claim that Saddam Hussein has "weapons of mass destruction."
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Shock and Awe
Shakespeare in Love
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • History, Romance
  • Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new life (and title). As their relationship progresses, Shakespeare's comedy soon transforms into tragedy.
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Shakespeare in Love
Sully
  • Sully (2016)
  • Adventure, Drama, History
  • On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain "Sully" Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
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Sully
Sila
  • Sila (2020)
  • Drama, History
  • The destiny of a group of Cangaceiro bandits after the death of their captain Virgulino Ferreira da Silva, better known as Lampião.
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Sila
Seven Years in Tibet
  • Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
  • Adventure, Drama, History, War
  • Austrian mountaineer Heinrich Harrer journeys to the Himalayas without his family to head an expedition in 1939. But when World War II breaks out, the arrogant Harrer falls into Allied forces' hands as a prisoner of war. He escapes with a fellow detainee and makes his way to Llaso, Tibet, where he meets the 14-year-old Dalai Lama, whose friendship ultimately transforms his outlook on life.
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Seven Years in Tibet
Spotlight
  • Spotlight (2015)
  • Drama, History, Thriller
  • 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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Spotlight
Silence
  • Silence (2016)
  • Drama, History, Thriller
  • In the 17th century two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and to spread the gospel of Christianity.
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Silence
Summer of '67
  • Summer of '67 (2018)
  • Drama, History, Romance, War
  • Based on real life events, Summer of '67 brings to life the turbulent times of the sixties and the struggles faced by the men and women impacted by the Vietnam War. Young wife and mother Milly (Rachel Schrey) is forced to live with her mother-in-law while her husband Gerald (Cameron Gilliam) is away on the USS Forrestal. Kate (Bethany Davenport) must choose between Peter (Christopher Dalton) her high school sweetheart and Van (Sam Brooks) her new hippie boyfriend. Ruby Mae (Sharonne Lanier) finally finds true love with Reggie (Jerrold Edwards) only to have him whisked away by the draft. Each woman faces the question of whether or not their man will return, and even if he does, will life as they know it ever be the same?
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Summer of '67
Spartacus
  • Spartacus (1960)
  • Drama, Action, History
  • Spartacus is a 1960 American historical drama film directed by Stanley Kubrick and based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast about the historical life of Spartacus and the Third Servile War. The film stars Kirk Douglas as the rebellious slave Spartacus who leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman empire. The film was awarded four Oscars and stands today as one of the greatest classics of the Sword and Sandal genre.
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Spartacus
Saving Mr. Banks
  • Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
  • Drama, Comedy, History
  • Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.
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Saving Mr. Banks
Suffragette
  • Suffragette (2015)
  • Drama, History
  • Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
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Suffragette
Serpico
  • Serpico (1973)
  • Drama, History, Crime
  • Serpico is a 1973 American biopic directed by Sidney Lumet and starring Al Pacino. It's based on Peter Maas' biography of NYPD officer Frank Serpico, who went undercover to expose corruption in the force. The film and its principals were nominated for numerous awards, and together with Scarecrow, which was released the same year, it marked the big breakthrough for Al Pacino. The film was also a commercial success.
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Serpico
Steve Jobs
  • Steve Jobs (2015)
  • Drama, History
  • Set backstage at three iconic product launches and ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac, Steve Jobs takes us behind the scenes of the digital revolution to paint an intimate portrait of the brilliant man at its epicenter.
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Steve Jobs
Selma
  • Selma (2014)
  • Drama, History
  • "Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act.
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Selma
Saints and Soldiers
  • Saints and Soldiers (2003)
  • Adventure, Drama, Action, History, War
  • Five American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.
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Saints and Soldiers
Shattered Glass
  • Shattered Glass (2003)
  • Drama, History
  • Fact-based 2003 drama about the young journalist Stephen Glass, who got a job at The New Republic in 1995 and for three years fabricated at least half of the stories he wrote.
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Shattered Glass
Southern Comfort
  • Southern Comfort (1981)
  • Drama, Action, History, Thriller
  • A squad of National Guards on an isolated weekend exercise in the Louisiana swamp must fight for their lives when they anger local Cajuns by stealing their canoes. Without live ammunition and in a strange country, their experience begins to mirror the Vietnam experience.
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Southern Comfort
Sergeant York
  • Sergeant York (1941)
  • Drama, Action, History, War
  • Alvin York a hillbilly sharpshooter transforms himself from ruffian to religious pacifist. He is then called to serve his country and despite deep religious and moral objections to fighting becomes one of the most celebrated American heroes of WWI.
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Sergeant York
Sweet Country
  • Sweet Country (2018)
  • History, Western
  • A period western set on the Northern Territory frontier where justice itself is put on trial.
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Sweet Country
Sands of Iwo Jima
  • Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
  • Drama, Action, History, War
  • The relationship between Sergeant Stryker and a group of rebellious recruits is made difficult by the Sergeant's tough training tactics. At Tarawa, the leathernecks have a chance to see Stryker in action, and begin to appreciate him.
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Sands of Iwo Jima
Scandal
  • Scandal (1989)
  • Drama, History, Romance
  • An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his contacts and parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. Eventually a scandal occurs when her affair with the Minister of War goes public, threatening their lifestyles and their freedom.
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Scandal
Shooting Dogs
  • Shooting Dogs (2006)
  • Drama, History
  • Two westerners, a priest and a teacher find themselves in the middle of the Rwandan genocide and face a moral dilemna. Do they place themselves in danger and protect the refugees, or escape the country with their lives? Based on a true story.
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Shooting Dogs
Sunshine
  • Sunshine (1999)
  • Drama, History
  • The fate of a Hungarian Jewish family throughout the 20th century.
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Sunshine
Sharpe's Enemy
  • Sharpe's Enemy (1994)
  • Adventure, Action, History, War
  • Portugal 1813. A band of deserters, including Sharpe's old enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, have captured two women, one the wife of a high-ranking English officer, and are holding them hostage for ransom. Sharpe is given the 60th Rifles and a Rocket troop, as well as his majority to rescue the women. But while Sharpe may be able to deal with his old enemy, he has yet to face a newer threat, the French Major Duclos.
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Sharpe's Enemy
Sharpe's Honour
  • Sharpe's Honour (1994)
  • Adventure, Action, History
  • 1813. Major Sharpe's old enemy, Major Ducos manipulates a beautiful young marquesa into falsely accusing Sharpe of rape. Her husband calls Sharpe out in a duel. But when the husband is found dead the next morning, Sharpe is arrested and brought before a court martial, and it seems not even Patrick Harper and the Chosen Men can save Sharpe from a hanging, or rescue his honour
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Sharpe's Honour
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011)
  • Drama, History
  • A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.
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Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
Sharpe's Challenge
  • Sharpe's Challenge (2006)
  • Adventure, Action, History, War
  • Sean Bean is back as the swashbuckling hero in Sharpe's Challenge, an action packed mini-series to be shot on location in Rajasthan, India. Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja, Khande Rao, who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. When a beautiful general's daughter is kidnapped by the Indian warlord, the tension mounts, leaving Sharpe no option but to pursue the enemy right into its deadly lair. Deep in the heart of enemy territory he also has to keep at bay the beautiful but scheming Regent, Madhuvanthi, who is out to seduce him. The fate of an Empire and the life of a General's daughter lie in one man's hands...
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Sharpe's Challenge