Top 50 underrated history movies

01.
Marighella
155 min | 2019 |
3.5 (44409 votes)
|
7.73 (42 reviews)

Facing a violent military dictatorship and an intimidated opposition, writer-turned-politician Carlos Marighella articulates a resistance all the while ousting heinous crimes of torture and the infamous censorship instituted by the regime.

02.
The Promise
133 min | 2016 |
6.0 (174218 votes)
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8.8 (927 reviews)

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

03.
Young Einstein
91 min | 1988 |
5.2 (8607 votes)
|
7.76 (38 reviews)

Albert Einstein turns the science community upside down with his discoveries including a formula to put bubbles back in beer and rock n' roll.

04.
Newsies
121 min | 1992 |
6.9 (19704 votes)
|
8.86 (260 reviews)

A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

05.
Risen
107 min | 2016 |
6.3 (26639 votes)
|
8.24 (208 reviews)

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

06.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
114 min | 1996 |
6.0 (10279 votes)
|
7.84 (54 reviews)

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

07.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
148 min | 2019 |
6.4 (10531 votes)
|
8.23 (380 reviews)

Story of Rani Lakshmibai, one of the leading figures of the Indian Rebellion of 1857, and her resistance to the British Rule.

08.
Quo vadis, Aida?
101 min | 2020 |
7.9 (17593 votes)
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9.69 (314 reviews)

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

09.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (34683 votes)
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8.06 (166 reviews)

The hit musical based on the life of Eva Perón (Evita Duarte), a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Domingo Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

10.
Cyrano de Bergerac
137 min | 1990 |
7.5 (23199 votes)
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9.25 (77 reviews)

Famed swordsman and poet Cyrano de Bergerac is in love with his cousin Roxane. He has never expressed his love for her as he his large nose undermines his self-confidence. Then he finds a way to express his love to her, indirectly.

11.
The Dish
101 min | 2000 |
7.2 (15828 votes)
|
8.88 (159 reviews)

A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

12.
The Nativity Story
101 min | 2006 |
6.8 (10722 votes)
|
8.46 (199 reviews)

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

13.
Jesus Christ Superstar
106 min | 1973 |
7.4 (26027 votes)
|
9.02 (183 reviews)

Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life told in an anachronistic manner.

14.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (15418 votes)
|
9.69 (48 reviews)

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

15.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (32776 votes)
|
9.29 (172 reviews)

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

16.
The Innocents
115 min | 2016 |
7.3 (10185 votes)
|
8.87 (39 reviews)

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns are pregnant.

17.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (20213 votes)
|
7.56 (241 reviews)

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

18.
Batla House
146 min | 2019 |
7.2 (10367 votes)
|
8.74 (160 reviews)

In 2008, a violent shootout with terror suspects leaves one police officer struggling to hunt down the fugitives and justify the police action.

19.
The Road Home
89 min | 1999 |
7.8 (12773 votes)
|
9.34 (127 reviews)

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

20.
Machuca
121 min | 2004 |
7.7 (11584 votes)
|
9.2 (44 reviews)

Two 12-year-old Chilean children from different social classes become friends in 1973. They both discover each other's world as political tensions in their country increase.

21.
The Photographer of Mauthausen
110 min | 2018 |
6.8 (9322 votes)
|
8.3 (38 reviews)

Based on real events, Francesc Boix is a Spaniard inmate in the Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen in Austria who tries to save the evidences of the horrors committed inside its walls.

22.
Aftershock
135 min | 2010 |
7.5 (8637 votes)
|
8.98 (42 reviews)

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

23.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
135 min | 2020 |
7.6 (23042 votes)
|
9.06 (956 reviews)

Tanhaji Malusare, a military chieftain in the army of the Maratha king Shivaji, leads the charge to capture the strategically important Kondhana fort guarded by the army of the fierce Rajput chieftain Udaybhan Rathod.

24.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (35479 votes)
|
7.76 (245 reviews)

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

25.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (15004 votes)
|
8.03 (84 reviews)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

26.
Hey Ram
186 min | 2000 |
7.9 (12029 votes)
|
9.33 (58 reviews)

Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

27.
1776
141 min | 1972 |
7.6 (9231 votes)
|
9.02 (125 reviews)

A musical retelling of the American Revolution's political struggle in the Continental Congress to declare independence.

28.
The Best of Enemies
133 min | 2019 |
7.2 (13227 votes)
|
8.61 (117 reviews)

Civil rights activist Ann Atwater faces off against C.P. Ellis, Exalted Cyclops of the Ku Klux Klan, in 1971 Durham, North Carolina over the issue of school integration.

29.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (41441 votes)
|
8.3 (109 reviews)

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

30.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
113 min | 2019 |
7.6 (32700 votes)
|
9.0 (183 reviews)

Against all the odds, a thirteen-year-old boy in Malawi invents an unconventional way to save his family and village from famine.

31.
Bharat
150 min | 2019 |
5.4 (17719 votes)
|
6.76 (949 reviews)

At the cusp of India's birth as an Independent nation, a family makes an arduous journey to freedom at a cost. A young boy Bharat, makes a promise to his Father that he will keep his family together no matter what.

32.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
144 min | 1970 |
7.5 (32719 votes)
|
8.83 (149 reviews)

The story of the 1941 Japanese air raid on Pearl Harbor, and the series of preceding American blunders that aggravated its effectiveness.

33.
The 13th Warrior
102 min | 1999 |
6.6 (119210 votes)
|
7.93 (457 reviews)

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

34.
The Mission
125 min | 1986 |
7.4 (58645 votes)
|
8.72 (191 reviews)

Eighteenth-century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

35.
Quest for Fire
100 min | 1981 |
7.3 (21381 votes)
|
8.61 (92 reviews)

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

36.
The Warrior
158 min | 2001 |
7.1 (10834 votes)
|
8.39 (79 reviews)

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

37.
The Bounty
108 min | 1984 |
7.0 (25745 votes)
|
8.29 (92 reviews)

Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

38.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.9 (12813 votes)
|
9.18 (95 reviews)

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

39.
Joyeux Noel
116 min | 2005 |
7.7 (28485 votes)
|
8.98 (152 reviews)

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

40.
Salyut-7
111 min | 2017 |
7.2 (10434 votes)
|
8.47 (71 reviews)

USSR, June 1985. Based on actual events. After contact with the Salyut 7 space station is lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh dock with the empty, frozen craft, and bring her back to life.

41.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (128602 votes)
|
9.04 (397 reviews)

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

42.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (23004 votes)
|
8.64 (163 reviews)

They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one that got away.

43.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (37298 votes)
|
8.94 (209 reviews)

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

44.
A Twelve-Year Night
122 min | 2018 |
7.5 (9159 votes)
|
8.73 (37 reviews)

1973. Uruguay is governed by a military dictatorship. One autumn night, three Tupamaro prisoners are taken from their jail cells in a secret military operation. The order is precise: "As we...

45.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (51232 votes)
|
8.73 (248 reviews)

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Soviet squad.

46.
The Twilight Samurai
129 min | 2002 |
8.1 (22928 votes)
|
9.33 (98 reviews)

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing clan loyalties, 2 young daughters, an aged mother, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

47.
Gallipoli
110 min | 1981 |
7.4 (38030 votes)
|
8.62 (122 reviews)

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

48.
A Taxi Driver
137 min | 2017 |
7.9 (19049 votes)
|
9.11 (80 reviews)

A widowed father and taxi driver who drives a German reporter from Seoul to Gwangju to cover the 1980 uprising, soon finds himself regretting his decision after being caught in the violence around him.

49.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (27083 votes)
|
8.21 (110 reviews)

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

50.
Mrs. Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (13848 votes)
|
8.38 (58 reviews)

When Queen Victoria's husband Prince Albert dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. John Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

Top 50 overrated history movies

01.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.1 (14687 votes)
|
3.03 (164 reviews)

Ninety-six hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

02.
Mary Queen of Scots
124 min | 2018 |
6.3 (45504 votes)
|
3.43 (578 reviews)

Mary Stuart's (Saoirse Ronan's) attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I (Margot Robbie), Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

03.
Mission Mangal
130 min | 2019 |
6.5 (13052 votes)
|
4.02 (364 reviews)

Based on true events of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launching the Mars Orbiter Mission (Mangalyaan), making it the least expensive mission to Mars.

04.
The Third Half
113 min | 2012 |
7.8 (8168 votes)
|
5.47 (33 reviews)

Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change.

05.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (14715 votes)
|
3.68 (248 reviews)

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

06.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.5 (182207 votes)
|
5.41 (1210 reviews)

In early 18th-century England, the status quo at the court is upset when a new servant arrives and endears herself to a frail Queen Anne.

07.
The Physician
155 min | 2013 |
7.2 (37575 votes)
|
5.24 (138 reviews)

In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

08.
Dunkirk
106 min | 2017 |
7.8 (585954 votes)
|
5.85 (2414 reviews)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

09.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.5 (431477 votes)
|
5.65 (915 reviews)

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

10.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (15506 votes)
|
4.98 (128 reviews)

A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II.

11.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (12577 votes)
|
5.9 (79 reviews)

A Pakistani submarine, Ghazi plans to secretly attack Vizag port. For doing so, it has to get past Indian submarine S21.

12.
Zero Dark Thirty
157 min | 2012 |
7.4 (281425 votes)
|
5.89 (681 reviews)

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L.s Team 6 in May 2011.

13.
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
161 min | 2019 |
7.6 (613958 votes)
|
6.09 (5505 reviews)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

14.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (40818 votes)
|
5.52 (94 reviews)

Keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, must save hundreds of people and animals during the Nazi invasion in WWII Poland.

15.
Robin Hood
140 min | 2010 |
6.6 (258208 votes)
|
5.13 (600 reviews)

In twelfth-century England, Robin Longstride and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

16.
Conquest 1453
162 min | 2012 |
6.6 (57253 votes)
|
5.16 (151 reviews)

After the death of his father Murat II, Mehmet II ascends to the Ottoman throne. After braving internal and external enemies, he decides to complete what he was destined to do - conquer Constantinople.

17.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.5 (104922 votes)
|
5.1 (657 reviews)

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

18.
The Legend of Tomiris
156 min | 2019 |
3.8 (36047 votes)
|
2.41 (909 reviews)

This is the story of the life of the great queen of of the steppe - legendary Tomiris. She is destined to become a skillful warrior, survive the loss of close people and unite the Scythian/Saka tribes under her authority.

19.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (107400 votes)
|
5.34 (266 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

20.
The Assassin
105 min | 2015 |
6.3 (16168 votes)
|
4.94 (119 reviews)

A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.

21.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (176646 votes)
|
5.96 (1387 reviews)

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

22.
The Patriot
165 min | 2000 |
7.2 (260848 votes)
|
5.87 (841 reviews)

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

23.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
128 min | 2016 |
5.3 (12086 votes)
|
3.98 (171 reviews)

During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 890 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.

24.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (732768 votes)
|
6.69 (1594 reviews)

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

25.
Ophelia
106 min | 2018 |
6.6 (8886 votes)
|
5.33 (124 reviews)

A reimagining of Hamlet, told from Ophelia's perspective.

26.
12 Strong
130 min | 2018 |
6.6 (72108 votes)
|
5.35 (374 reviews)

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

27.
Pearl Harbor
183 min | 2001 |
6.2 (318043 votes)
|
4.99 (1513 reviews)

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

28.
Hotel Mumbai
123 min | 2018 |
7.6 (56899 votes)
|
6.46 (433 reviews)

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.

29.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (69230 votes)
|
5.68 (223 reviews)

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

30.
Red Tails
125 min | 2012 |
5.9 (34379 votes)
|
4.79 (295 reviews)

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

31.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (47031 votes)
|
5.26 (305 reviews)

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

32.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.6 (36640 votes)
|
5.56 (169 reviews)

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

33.
21
123 min | 2008 |
6.8 (235849 votes)
|
5.77 (307 reviews)

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

34.
Beloved
172 min | 1998 |
6.0 (8673 votes)
|
4.98 (113 reviews)

Based on the book by Toni Morrison, in which a slave is visited by the spirit of a mysterious young woman

35.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (84299 votes)
|
5.71 (645 reviews)

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

36.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (83930 votes)
|
5.61 (269 reviews)

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Major Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

37.
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
106 min | 2010 |
6.3 (10054 votes)
|
5.31 (37 reviews)

Chen Zhen, believed dead, returns to 1930s Shanghai under a false name. He joins a mob boss for info on the Japanese incl. a long kill list and at night fights the Japanese masked.

38.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (249698 votes)
|
6.63 (535 reviews)

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

39.
Day of the Falcon
130 min | 2011 |
6.7 (11559 votes)
|
5.73 (41 reviews)

Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.

40.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (150844 votes)
|
6.27 (533 reviews)

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

41.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (95181 votes)
|
6.48 (323 reviews)

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

42.
Jackie
100 min | 2016 |
6.7 (75162 votes)
|
5.82 (309 reviews)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

43.
The Front Runner
113 min | 2018 |
6.1 (12265 votes)
|
5.26 (108 reviews)

In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

44.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (659244 votes)
|
7.26 (882 reviews)

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

45.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (127380 votes)
|
5.26 (389 reviews)

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

46.
Red Joan
101 min | 2018 |
6.4 (10816 votes)
|
5.57 (114 reviews)

The story of Joan Stanley, who was exposed as the K.G.B.'s longest-serving British spy.

47.
Passchendaele
114 min | 2008 |
6.4 (8135 votes)
|
5.61 (106 reviews)

The lives of a troubled veteran, his nurse girlfriend and a naive boy intersect first in Alberta and then in Belgium during the bloody World War I battle of Passchendaele.

48.
Vice
132 min | 2018 |
7.2 (130736 votes)
|
6.47 (744 reviews)

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

49.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (24884 votes)
|
6.08 (176 reviews)

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

50.
The Current War: Director's Cut
102 min | 2017 |
6.5 (23702 votes)
|
5.79 (223 reviews)

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas A. Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.