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Top rated unpleasantly surprising movies that are also like a history lesson

Check out today’s highest ranked unpleasantly surprising and like a history lesson movies! Looking for the greatest movies of all times? Here is the list of the best movies that are unpleasantly surprising and like a history lesson, based on the crowd's interest and popular searches from the country. Maimovie provides context-aware recommendation based on extensive data gathered and analyzed by AI.

Last Update Feb 22 2021

1 United 93 (2006)

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

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2006-04-28 | Drama / History

Cast

J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    fanaticism
  2. Ranked #1 for
    true representation
  3. Ranked #1 for
    realistic depiction

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2 The Lost City of Z (2016)

A true-life drama in the 1920s, centering on British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, who discovered evidence of a previously unknown, advanced civilization in the Amazon and disappeared whilst searching for it.

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2016-10-15 | Adventure / Drama

Cast

Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson

Rating

rating icon 6.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    sluggish pace
  2. Ranked #1 for
    sense of closure
  3. Ranked #1 for
    practically non-existent

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3 The King's Speech (2010)

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

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2010-09-06 | Drama / History

Cast

Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush

Rating

rating icon 7.7

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    simply outstanding
  2. Ranked #1 for
    nothing short of brilliant
  3. Ranked #1 for
    great acting

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4 Marie Antoinette (2006)

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 ultimately the fall of Versailles.

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2006-05-24 | Drama / History

Cast

Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman

Rating

rating icon 6.6

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    shallow
  2. Ranked #1 for
    ravishingly beautiful
  3. Ranked #1 for
    gauzy

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5 12 Years a Slave (2013)

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

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2013-10-18 | Drama / History

Cast

Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender

Rating

rating icon 7.9

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    losing hope
  2. Ranked #1 for
    downright evil
  3. Ranked #1 for
    blackness

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6 We Were Soldiers (2002)

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

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2002-03-01 | Action / History

Cast

Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear

Rating

rating icon 7.1

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    disturbingly realistic
  2. Ranked #1 for
    benefit of hindsight
  3. Ranked #2 for
    sentimental

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7 Rang De Basanti (2006)

After a group of friends graduate from Delhi University, they listlessly haunt their old campus, until a British filmmaker casts them in a film she's making about freedom fighters under British rule. Although the group is largely apolitical, the tragic death of a friend owing to local government corruption awakens their patriotism. Inspired by the freedom fighters they represent in the film, the friends collectively decide to avenge the killing.

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2006-01-26 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Aamir Khan, Siddharth

Rating

rating icon 7.3

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    taking hat off to director
  2. Ranked #2 for
    above par
  3. Ranked #3 for
    flowing beautifully

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8 Les Misérables (2012)

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

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2012-12-18 | History / Drama

Cast

Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe

Rating

rating icon 7.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    well worth waiting
  2. Ranked #1 for
    more than satisfactory
  3. Ranked #1 for
    dizzy

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9 Charlie Wilson's War (2007)

The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

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2007-12-19 | Comedy / Drama

Cast

Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman

Rating

rating icon 6.5

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    with crowning moments
  2. Ranked #1 for
    like a history lesson
  3. Ranked #1 for
    nearly show stealing

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10 K-19: The Widowmaker (2002)

When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Info

2002-07-19 | Drama / History

Cast

Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson

Rating

rating icon 6.4

People's Taste Ranking

  1. Ranked #1 for
    sense of claustrophobia
  2. Ranked #2 for
    gripping drama
  3. Ranked #2 for
    chilling moments

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