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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.

2013

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17 Miracles

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.

2011

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21

A brilliant group of students become card-counting experts with the intent of swindling millions out of Las Vegas casinos by playing blackjack. A broke MIT student takes on Vegas with help from his math professor. When the chips are down, you need more than luck.

2008

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8 Mile

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.

2002

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9th Company

An eclectic group of Soviet soldiers ships off to fight in Afghanistan, where they must endure hellish conditions and dangerous mujahedeen forces.

2005

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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.

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.

1999

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Argo

In 1979, six Americans take shelter from Iranian militants in the Canadian embassy, prompting the CIA to concoct an elaborate plot to rescue them. American hostages are trapped in Iran -- until one CIA agent takes on a mission with a real Hollywood ending.

2012

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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.

2009

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Bathory: Countess of Blood

While her husband is off battling the Turks, 16th-century countess Erzs├ębet 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.

2008

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Berlin 36

At the 1936 Olympics held in Berlin, a Jewish high jumper is barred from competition by the Nazi party in spite of international protest. Berlin Olympics, 1936. A triumph planned by the Nazis. Until two athletes with dangerous secrets make other plans.

2009

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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.

2012

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Big Miracle

After a reporter writes about whales trapped in the Arctic Circle, the U.S. and U.S.S.R. team up to rescue them in this tale inspired by true events. One reporter tries to grab the world's attention as ice closes in on three very special whales.

2012

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Black Friday

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.

2004

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Black Hawk Down

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?

2001

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Black Venus

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

2010

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The Bling Ring

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.

2013

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Blue Caprice

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.

2013

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Braveheart

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.

1995

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Brubaker - Season 1

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.

1980

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