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Dramas based on real life

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12 Years a Slave

A freeborn black man is abducted from New York and sold into slavery in this historical drama based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup. In 19th century New York, a free man had nothing to fear -- unless he was black. It was a terrible road back home.

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2013

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17 Miracles

3.7

Based on the stories of the Mormon pioneers, this film follows the adventures of Levi Savage, a young man who triumphs over tragedy. Packs of wolves, frigid weather and sudden illness can't stand up against the mighty faith of these travelers.

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2011

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This biopic focuses on baseball icon Jackie Robinson, who in 1947 became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era.

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2013

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8 Mile

3.6

Aspiring hip-hop artist Jimmy views his home, Detroit's 8 Mile district, as a psychological line that separates him from where and who he wants to be.

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2002

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Abduction of Eden

Hyun Jae is still a teenager when she's kidnapped and spirited to Las Vegas, where she's forced to work as a prostitute for the next two years. They kidnapped her to sell her body, but they'll soon find out the hard way that her mind's her most powerful asset.

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2012

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Amistad

Steven Spielberg directed this story about the 1839 revolt aboard Spanish slave ship La Amistad and the uprising's tragic aftermath. They left Spain as property. Now, on American soil, a slave crew's bloody mutiny may lead to freedom.

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1997

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Angela's Ashes

This adaptation of Frank McCourt's best-selling memoir tells the grim story of the author's impoverished childhood in 1940s Ireland.

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1999

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Army of Crime

An Armenian-born woodworker and political activist leads a division of the Parisian Resistance on dozens of operations against the Nazis in 1943.

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2009

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Bathory: Countess of Blood

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While her husband is off battling the Turks, 16th-century countess Erzsébet Bathory fights to protect her family and her land. She's known for bathing in blood, but is she the victim? One thing's for sure: She never telegraphs a move.

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2008

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The Best of Men

A pioneering doctor transforms the standards of care for paraplegics by introducing athletics into the rehabilitation plan of his patients. Society saw them as invalids waiting to die. He saw them as men with a lot of living left to do.

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2012

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Black Friday

3.6

This docudrama based on the same-titled book tracks the aftermath of a 1993 bombing in Bombay through the eyes of a journalist covering the story.

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2004

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Black Hawk Down

4.0

When U.S. forces attempt to capture two underlings of a Somali warlord, their helicopters are shot down and the Americans suffer heavy casualties. A U.S. military mission to Somalia goes horribly wrong. Without help from above, who will survive on the ground?

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2001

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Black Venus

2.9

In 1810, Saartjie Baartman, an African slave of unique proportions, left her home to work in European freak shows, yet maintained her dignity.

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2010

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The Bling Ring

3.1

Based on fact, this comic thriller tracks the saga of the Hollywood Hills Burglar Bunch, who used the Web to time their robberies of stars' homes. Obsessed with fame. Fixated on popularity. A group of thieving teenagers goes over the line. Way over.

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2013

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Blue Caprice

2.7

In their lead-up to the 2002 Beltway sniper attacks, John Muhammad and Lee Malvo embark on a coast-to-coast trip, forming a deadly bond along the way.

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2013

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Braveheart

4.2

Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a local English lord's soldiers, which leads to an epic revolt. Love made him a leader. Freedom gave him purpose. And courage made him a legend. But not without a price.

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1995

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Brubaker - Season 1

3.7

When warden Henry Brubaker goes undercover in a penitentiary, he sets out to improve the system, but the more he reforms, the more enemies he makes. A few days on the job and he's seen enough. He wants to clean up the system -- but not everyone's happy about it.

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1980

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By the Will of Genghis Khan

A young Mongol child by the name of Temüjin has a stunning destiny: to become Genghis Khan, the most ruthless leader of the largest empire in history.

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2009

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Carlos

Carlos the Jackal is a Venezuelan terrorist who executed scores of assassinations, abductions and bombings across Europe and the Middle East.

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2010

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Catch Me If You Can

3.9

An FBI agent makes it his mission to put cunning con man Frank Abagnale Jr. behind bars. But Frank not only eludes capture, he revels in the pursuit. A charming con man plays cat and mouse with an FBI agent. But they may end up needing each other.

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2002

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