Top 50 underrated history movies

01.
The Promise
133 min | 2016 |
6.0 (176133 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.

02.
Young Einstein
91 min | 1988 |
5.2 (8861 votes)
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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.

03.
Newsies
121 min | 1992 |
6.9 (20917 votes)
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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.

04.
Risen
107 min | 2016 |
6.3 (28413 votes)
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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.

05.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
114 min | 1996 |
6.0 (10713 votes)
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7.84 (54 reviews)

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

06.
Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi
148 min | 2019 |
6.4 (15063 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.

07.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (35777 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.

08.
Cyrano de Bergerac
137 min | 1990 |
7.5 (24346 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.

09.
Jesus Christ Superstar
106 min | 1973 |
7.3 (27255 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.

10.
Dara of Jasenovac
130 min | 2020 |
8.2 (80872 votes)
|
9.91 (877 reviews)

Follows the story of a young girl named Dara who is sent to a concentration camp in Croatia during World War 2.

11.
Quo Vadis, Aida?
101 min | 2020 |
8.0 (32814 votes)
|
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.

12.
The Dish
101 min | 2000 |
7.2 (16387 votes)
|
8.88 (159 reviews)

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

13.
The Nativity Story
101 min | 2005 |
6.8 (11652 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.

14.
The Professor and the Madman
124 min | 2019 |
7.2 (45653 votes)
|
8.82 (428 reviews)

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid-19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

15.
The Photographer of Mauthausen
110 min | 2018 |
6.7 (10845 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.

16.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (16366 votes)
|
9.69 (48 reviews)

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

17.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (34574 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.

18.
Cool Runnings
98 min | 1993 |
7.0 (103650 votes)
|
8.57 (106 reviews)

When a Jamaican sprinter is disqualified from the Olympic Games, he enlists the help of a dishonored coach to start the first Jamaican Bobsled Team.

19.
The Innocents
115 min | 2016 |
7.3 (10803 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.

20.
Tanhaji: The Unsung Warrior
135 min | 2020 |
7.5 (29924 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.

21.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.2 (36504 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.

22.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (21060 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.

23.
Batla House
146 min | 2019 |
7.2 (11806 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.

24.
The Road Home
89 min | 1999 |
7.8 (13244 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.

25.
The Winter War
199 min | 1989 |
7.6 (8259 votes)
|
9.11 (35 reviews)

In 1939, two Finnish brothers are conscripted in the army to fight in the war between Finland and the Soviet Union.

26.
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.

27.
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.

28.
Heaven & Earth
140 min | 1993 |
6.8 (14321 votes)
|
8.23 (49 reviews)

During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

29.
Balto
78 min | 1995 |
7.1 (43754 votes)
|
8.53 (103 reviews)

An outcast Husky risks his life with other sled dogs to prevent a deadly epidemic from ravaging Nome, Alaska.

30.
Togo
113 min | 2019 |
7.9 (48136 votes)
|
9.33 (423 reviews)

The story of Togo, the sled dog who led the 1925 serum run despite being considered too small and weak to lead such an intense race.

31.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (15412 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.

32.
Hey Ram
186 min | 2000 |
7.9 (12906 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.

33.
King of the Hill
103 min | 1993 |
7.4 (8358 votes)
|
8.82 (44 reviews)

A young boy struggles on his own in a run-down hotel after his parents and younger brother are separated from him in 1930s Depression-era Midwest.

34.
1776
141 min | 1972 |
7.6 (9678 votes)
|
9.02 (125 reviews)

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

35.
Fellini's Casanova
155 min | 1976 |
7.0 (8015 votes)
|
8.42 (36 reviews)

The myth of Giacomo Casanova, the notorious womanizer is presented as a pitiable and terrifying figure. A sex scandal lands him in prison, but an escape to Paris provides him a new lease of life.

36.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (43078 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.

37.
Once Upon a Time in China II
113 min | 1992 |
7.3 (9949 votes)
|
8.7 (32 reviews)

Arriving by train in Guangzhou, 1895, the trio fight off White Lotus followers, who want to kill all foreigners and the cute, European dressed 13th Aunt. It's not kung fu master Dr. Wong's (Jet Li) last fight.

38.
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
113 min | 2019 |
7.6 (37880 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.

39.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (13530 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.

40.
The Madness of King George
110 min | 1994 |
7.2 (16836 votes)
|
8.56 (52 reviews)

When King George III goes mad, his Lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.

41.
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.

42.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.3 (26001 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.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
144 min | 1970 |
7.5 (34444 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.

44.
The 13th Warrior
102 min | 1999 |
6.6 (124407 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.

45.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.4 (54480 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 Mission
125 min | 1986 |
7.4 (61292 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.

47.
The Best of Enemies
133 min | 2019 |
7.3 (16983 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.

48.
Quest for Fire
100 min | 1981 |
7.3 (22345 votes)
|
8.61 (92 reviews)

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

49.
Stan & Ollie
98 min | 2018 |
7.2 (37301 votes)
|
8.51 (397 reviews)

Laurel and Hardy, the world's most famous comedy duo, attempt to reignite their film careers as they embark on what becomes their swan song: a grueling theatre tour of post-war Britain.

50.
Virgin Territory
97 min | 2003 |
4.7 (8093 votes)
|
6.0 (36 reviews)

Young Florentines take refuge from the black plague and engage in bawdy adventures and lusty exchanges.

Top 50 overrated history movies

01.
The Legend of Tomiris
156 min | 2019 |
6.1 (42121 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.

02.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.1 (16691 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.

03.
First Signal
102 min | 2021 |
6.0 (11342 votes)
|
3.06 (102 reviews)

When Air Force Space Command receives a signal from an alien satellite in Earth orbit an emergency meeting with the President reveals a government conspiracy.

04.
Mary Queen of Scots
124 min | 2018 |
6.3 (50063 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.

05.
Mission Mangal
130 min | 2019 |
6.5 (15871 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.

06.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (15898 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.

07.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.5 (197704 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.

08.
The Physician
155 min | 2013 |
7.2 (39482 votes)
|
5.24 (138 reviews)

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

09.
Dunkirk
106 min | 2017 |
7.8 (642782 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.

10.
The Third Half
113 min | 2012 |
7.4 (8298 votes)
|
5.47 (33 reviews)

Dimitry hires German coach Rudolph Spitz to galvanize his ragtag team into the country's best football club, but then the first Nazi tanks roll in and Rebecca, a local banker's beautiful daughter, elopes with his star player.

11.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.5 (448547 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.

12.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (16557 votes)
|
4.98 (128 reviews)

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

13.
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.

14.
Zero Dark Thirty
157 min | 2012 |
7.4 (298269 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.

15.
Once Upon a Time... In Hollywood
161 min | 2019 |
7.6 (709758 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.

16.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (43288 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.

17.
Robin Hood
140 min | 2010 |
6.6 (267791 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.

18.
Alexander
175 min | 2004 |
5.6 (169659 votes)
|
4.17 (1127 reviews)

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

19.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.5 (111132 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 14 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

20.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (112904 votes)
|
5.34 (266 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

21.
The Assassin
105 min | 2015 |
6.3 (16908 votes)
|
4.94 (119 reviews)

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

22.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (186674 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.

23.
Conquest 1453
162 min | 2012 |
6.5 (58175 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.

24.
The Patriot
165 min | 2000 |
7.2 (273281 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.

25.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (788907 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.

26.
The Lighthouse
109 min | 2019 |
7.4 (209139 votes)
|
6.1 (1316 reviews)

Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

27.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
128 min | 2016 |
5.2 (12992 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.

28.
Pearl Harbor
183 min | 2001 |
6.2 (330805 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.

29.
Chernobyl: Abyss
136 min | 2021 |
5.1 (9120 votes)
|
3.89 (143 reviews)

A story about a heroic fireman who worked as one of Chernobyl liquidators.

30.
Ophelia
106 min | 2018 |
6.5 (11270 votes)
|
5.33 (124 reviews)

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

31.
12 Strong
130 min | 2018 |
6.5 (80839 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.

32.
Hotel Mumbai
123 min | 2018 |
7.6 (63203 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.

33.
Shikara
118 min | 2020 |
3.3 (15115 votes)
|
2.16 (633 reviews)

Shikara is the story of resilience in the face of insurmountable odds. It's also the story of a love that remains unextinguished through 30 years of exile. A timeless love story in the worst of times.

34.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (71470 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.

35.
Red Tails
125 min | 2012 |
5.9 (35647 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.

36.
The Witch
92 min | 2015 |
6.9 (252424 votes)
|
5.8 (1131 reviews)

A family in 1630s New England is torn apart by the forces of witchcraft, black magic and possession.

37.
Chapter 27
84 min | 2007 |
5.6 (11111 votes)
|
4.53 (58 reviews)

A film about Mark David Chapman in the days leading up to the infamous murder of Beatle John Lennon.

38.
Public Enemies
140 min | 2009 |
7.0 (301327 votes)
|
5.94 (608 reviews)

The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson, and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.

39.
The Countess
98 min | 2009 |
6.2 (8251 votes)
|
5.16 (37 reviews)

A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

40.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (48351 votes)
|
5.26 (305 reviews)

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

41.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.6 (42282 votes)
|
5.56 (169 reviews)

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

42.
21
123 min | 2008 |
6.8 (249985 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.

43.
Beloved
172 min | 1998 |
6.0 (9041 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

44.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (86448 votes)
|
5.71 (645 reviews)

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

45.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (90725 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.

46.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (260588 votes)
|
6.63 (535 reviews)

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

47.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (156889 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.

48.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (99050 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.

49.
Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen
106 min | 2010 |
6.2 (10509 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.

50.
Jackie
100 min | 2016 |
6.7 (79424 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.