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Schindler's List
  • Schindler's List (1993)
  • Drama, History, War
  • The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.
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Schindler's List
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
Sully
  • Sully (2016)
  • Drama, History
  • On 15 January 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 career.
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Sully
Spartacus
  • Spartacus (1960)
  • Adventure, Drama, Action, History
  • The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.
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Spartacus
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
Shakespeare in Love
  • Shakespeare in Love (1998)
  • Comedy, 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
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
Seven Years in Tibet
  • Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
  • Adventure, Drama, History
  • 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
Shattered Glass
  • Shattered Glass (2003)
  • Drama, History
  • The true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass, who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at The New Republic for three years. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down.
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Shattered Glass
Snowden
Snowden
Silence
  • Silence (2016)
  • Drama, History
  • Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
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Silence
Serpico
  • Serpico (1973)
  • Drama, History, Crime
  • The real-life struggle of an honest New York City cop against a corrupt system.
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Serpico
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
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
Salvador
  • Salvador (1986)
  • Drama, History, Thriller
  • A second rated journalist from the US tries his luck in El Salvador during the military dictatorship in the 1980s.
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Salvador
Sword of Vengeance
  • Sword of Vengeance (2014)
  • History
  • Returning to his homeland after years of slavery, a Norman prince seeks revenge on his father's murderer – his ruthless uncle, Earl Durant. Gaining the trust of a band of exiled farmers, he leads them into battle against Durant, exploiting them in his inexorable quest for vengeance. As one by one they are slaughtered in the brutal battle, will the prince sacrifice everything an everyone to fulfil his quest for blood?
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Sword of Vengeance
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
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
Sergeant York
  • Sergeant York (1941)
  • Drama, History, Romance, 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
Sunshine
  • Sunshine (1999)
  • Drama, History
  • The story of a Jewish family living in Hungary—through three generations—rising from humble beginnings to positions of wealth and power in the crumbling Austro-Hungarian Empire. The patriarch becomes a prominent judge but is torn when his government sanctions anti-Jewish persecutions. His son converts to Christianity to advance his career as a champion fencer and Olympic hero, but is caught up in the Holocaust. Finally, the grandson, after surviving war, revolution, loss and betrayal, realizes that his ultimate allegiance must be to himself and his heritage.
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Sunshine
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
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
Sometimes in April
  • Sometimes in April (2005)
  • Drama, History, War
  • Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.
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Sometimes in April
Solomon and Sheba
  • Solomon and Sheba (1959)
  • History, Romance
  • Under the rule of King David, Israel is united and prosperous although surrounded by enemies including Egypt and its allies. The aging King David favors his younger son, Solomon, as his successor, but David's elder son Prince Adonijah, a warrior, declares himself King. When David learns of this, he publicly announces Solomon to be his successor. Adonijah and Joab, his general, withdraw in rage. Israel prospers under King Solomon's wise and benevolent rule and is seen as a threat to more tyrannical monarchs in the region. The Pharaoh of Egypt agrees to cede a Red Sea port to the Queen of Sheba in a plot to undermine Solomon's rule. Sheba is to seduce Solomon and introduce Sheban pagan worship into Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Prince Adonijah, now banished, also conspires with Pharaoh and is given an army to defeat Solomon. The film is a highly fictionalized dramatization of events depicted in The Bible -- First Kings chapter 10 and Second Chronicles chapter 9.
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Solomon and Sheba
Sweet Country
  • Sweet Country (2018)
  • Drama, History, Western
  • It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.
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Sweet Country
Sink the Bismarck!
  • Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
  • Drama, Action, History, War
  • The story of the breakout of the German battleship Bismarck—accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen—during the early days of World War II. The Bismarck and her sister ship, Tirpitz, were the most powerful battleships in the European theater of World War II. The British Navy must find and destroy Bismarck before it can escape into the convoy lanes to inflict severe damage on the cargo shipping which was the lifeblood of the British Isles. With eight 15 inch guns, it was capable of destroying every ship in a convoy while remaining beyond the range of all Royal Navy warships.
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Sink the Bismarck!
Shoah
  • Shoah (1985)
  • History, Documentary
  • Claude Lanzmann directed this 9½ hour documentary on the Holocaust without using a single frame of archive footage. He interviews survivors, witnesses, and ex-Nazis (whom he had to film secretly since they only agreed to be interviewed by audio). His style of interviewing, by asking for the most minute details, is effective at adding up these details to give a horrifying portrait of the events of Nazi genocide. He also shows, or rather lets some of his subjects show, that the anti-Semitism that caused 6 million Jews to die in the Holocaust is still alive and well in many people who still live in Germany, Poland, and elsewhere.
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Shoah
Sharpe's Challenge
  • Sharpe's Challenge (2006)
  • Adventure, Action, History, War, TV Movie
  • 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
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
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