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300 Spartans (PG)
Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of them his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000.
Adventure | Drama | History | War
1962 PG DVD
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Apollo 13 (PG)
This Hollywood drama is based on the events of the Apollo 13 lunar mission, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) find everything going according to plan after leaving Earth's orbit. However, when an oxygen tank explodes, the scheduled moon landing is called off. Subsequent tensions within the crew and numerous technical problems threaten both the astronauts' survival and their safe return to Earth.
Adventure | Drama | History
1995 PG DVD
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Empires: Japan: Memoirs of a Secret Empire (PG-13)
This excellent PBS documentary series consists of three parts of 1 hour each covering Japanese history from the arrival of the Portuguese in 1543 to the arrival of Perry and the Americans in 1854
Documentary | History
2004 PG-13 DVD
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Empires: The Greeks - Crucible of Civilization (PG-13)
A documentary, narrated by actor Liam Neeson, that chronicles the rise and fall of the civilization of ancient Greece
Documentary | History
2000 PG-13 DVD
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Enemy at the Gate (R)
Vassili (Jude Law) is a young Russian sharpshooter who becomes a legend when a savvy polical officer (Joseph Fiennes) makes him the hero of his propaganda campaign. Their friendship is threatened when both men fall in love with a beautiful female soldier (Rachel Weisz). As the battle for the city rages, Vassili faces the ultimate challenge when the Nazi command dispatches its most elite marksman (Ed Harris) to hunt down and kill the man who has become the hope of all Russia.
Drama | History | Thriller | War
2001 R DVD
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Flags of Our Fathers (R)
In February and March of 1945, U.S. troops fight and win one of the most crucial and costly battles of the war on the island of Iwo Jima. A photo of U.S. servicemen raising the flag on Mount Suribachi becomes an iconic symbol of victory to a war-weary nation. The individuals themselves become heroes, though not all survive the war and realize it.
Action | Drama | History | War
2006 R DVD
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Flyboys (PG-13)
Before the United States enters World War I, some American youths volunteer for the French military. Subsequently, they become the first U.S. fighter pilots and form a squadron known as the Lafayette Escadrille, whose exploits and heroism become the stuff of legend
Action | Adventure | Drama | History | Romance | War
2006 PG-13 DVD
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Gladiator (R)
Set in Roman times, the story of a once-powerful general forced to become a common gladiator. The emperor's son is enraged when he is passed over as heir in favour of his father's favourite general. He kills his father and arranges the murder of the general's family, and the general is sold into slavery to be trained as a gladiator - but his subsequent popularity in the arena threatens the throne.
Action | Adventure | Drama | History
2000 R DVD
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Glory (PG-13)
Following the Battle of Antietam, Col. Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) is offered command of the United States' first all-African-American regiment, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry. With junior officer Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes), Shaw puts together a strong and proud unit, including the escaped slave Trip (Denzel Washington) and the wise gravedigger John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman). At first limited to menial manual tasks, the regiment fights to be placed in the heat of battle.
Drama | History | War
1989 PG-13 DVD
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Hacksaw Ridge (R)
The true story of Pfc. Desmond T. Doss (Andrew Garfield), who won the Congressional Medal of Honor despite refusing to bear arms during WWII on religious grounds. Doss was drafted and ostracized by fellow soldiers for his pacifist stance but went on to earn respect and adoration for his bravery, selflessness and compassion after he risked his life -- without firing a shot -- to save 75 men in the Battle of Okinawa.
Biography | Drama | History
2016 R PRIME
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Jesus Christ Superstar (G)
Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life, told in an anachronistic manner.
Drama | History | Musical
1973 G DVD
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King Arthur (PG-13)
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.
Action | Adventure | History | War
2004 PG-13 DVD
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Kingdom of Heaven (R)
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.
Action | Adventure | History
2005 R DVD
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Letters from Iwo Jima (R)
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Drama | History | War
2006 R DVD
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Midway (PG)
The glory, the suspense, the spectacular drama of the men who won the most decisive naval battle in U.S. history.
Action | Drama | History | War
1976 PG DVD
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Miracle (PG)
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.
Biography | Drama | History
2004 PG DVD
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Navy Battles: Sink the Bismarck (PG)
A true WW2 story: the British Navy must find and destroy a powerful German warship.
Action | Drama | History | War
1960 PG DVD
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Tora Tora Tora (PG)
A dramatization of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.
Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War
1970 PG DVD
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Zulu (PG)
Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.
Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War
1964 PG DVD