Highest-Rated Movies about 'Powerful', Sort by Popularity


The Song of Sparrows (2008), The Bicycle Thief (1948), Bar Bahar (2016), Dirty God (2019), Grand Illusion (1937), On the Bowery (1956), In the Heights (2021), The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993) ... Let's take a look at the ranked list of the best Powerful movies.


The Song of Sparrows (2008)

The kind and generous nature of a former ostrich farmer (Reza Naji) starts to erode after he takes a job in the city driving a motorcycle taxi.

laborer, wife, deaf child, father, taxi driver, businessman, emotional

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The Bicycle Thief (1948)

A poor man (Lamberto Maggiorani) and his son (Enzo Staiola) search postwar Rome for the stolen bicycle he needs to work as a bill poster.

peasant, son, wife, thief, psychic, bleak, endearing

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Bar Bahar (2016)

Three Arab-Israeli women share an apartment in Tel Aviv and try to balance their traditions with the modern world.

woman, roommate, brooding, engaging, fiery, frenetic, hedonistic

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Dirty God (2019)

A young mother tries to reclaim her life after an acid attack leaves her severely scarred.

young woman, mother, powerful, profound, london, morocco, violence against women

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Grand Illusion (1937)

World War I French fliers (Pierre Fresnay, Jean Gabin) become captives of a German aristocrat (Erich von Stroheim) who considers one of them his equal.

captain, soldier, captor, widow, powerful, amusing, touching

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On the Bowery (1956)

Filmmaker Lionel Rogosin turns his camera on the homeless "bums" who frequent New York City's Bowery area.

homeless person, thief, bum, alcoholic, disheartening, shocking, powerful

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In the Heights (2021)

In Washington Heights, N.Y., a kaleidoscope of dreams rallies a vibrant and tight-knit community. At the intersection of it all is a likable and magnetic bodega owner who hopes, imagines and sings about a better life.

friend, love interest, store owner, spirited, powerful, office, beach

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The Wonderful, Horrible Life of Leni Riefenstahl (1993)

Ray Müller directs this extensive documentary on the life of Nazi propaganda filmmaker Leni Riefenstahl. Created at the behest of Riefenstahl, the film honestly delves into her association with Hitler and the extent to which she knows of the Nazi Party's entire strategy. It also gives a fuller picture of Riefenstahl's life, discussing her ascent from dancer to documentary filmmaker, as well as her post-Nazi work, which includes nature filmmaking and photography.

filmmaker, adolf hitler, photographer, actress, nazi, fascinating, powerful

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Ashes and Diamonds (1958)

A Communist commandant finds himself surrounded by the Polish resistance during the closing days of World War II.

assassin, soldier, commanding officer, barmaid, son, hotel desk clerk, dark

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Mike Wallace Is Here (2019)

Filmmaker Avi Belkin examines the life and career of journalist Mike Wallace, presenting never-before-seen footage that showcases the often confrontational interview methods he used on "60 Minutes."

reporter, interviewee, interviewer, politician, celebrity, athlete, engaging

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The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Yoda teaches Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) to be a Jedi knight, and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) woos Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher), as Darth Vader returns to threaten the rebel forces trying to save the galaxy.

knight, princess, mentor, robot, nemesis, rebel, thrilling

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Z (1969)

A judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) proves a leftist's (Yves Montand) hit-and-run death was a Fascist plot.

political activist, government official, doctor, murderer, dark, dense, powerful

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Long Night's Journey Into Day (2000)

Following the end of apartheid in South Africa during the 1990s, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission was established to pursue social justice, and this acclaimed documentary focuses on some of the stories that emerged from the organization's cases. Although renowned leader Bishop Desmond Tutu appears, the film focuses primarily on everyday people, both white and black, who committed appalling crimes during apartheid and came to the commission seeking forgiveness.

leader, racist, criminal, murderer, emotional, intense, sad

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Everest (1998)

Members of a 1996 expedition cross paths with an ill-fated group while planting scientific equipment and ascending to the summit. Liam Neeson narrates.

mountain climber, gripping, thrilling, powerful, mountain, himalayas, mount everest

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.

innocent man, prisoner, warden, guard, banker, friend, powerful

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Of Gods and Men (2010)

An order of Trappist monks whose members include Christian (Lambert Wilson) and Luc (Michael Lonsdale) live among the Muslim population in a quiet corner of Algeria. As the country is plunged into civil war in the mid-1990s, the men of God must decide whether to stay among the impoverished residents who have been their neighbors, or flee the encroaching fundamentalist terrorists. The situation that unfolds, based on actual events, has tragic consequences.

monk, doctor, terrorist, muslim, catholic, powerful, tense

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The Red and the White (1967)

In this minimalist anti-war film, a faction of Hungarian soldiers on the side of the Russian Red army, led by a determined commander (Jozsef Madaras), fight against the pro-Czar white army in a remote Russian field near a dense wood along the Volga River. As the tide of battle ebbs and flows, a small group of compassionate nurses, including Olga (Krystyna Mikolajevska), do not differentiate between the sides, transporting all wounded soldiers to the nearby wood and treating their injuries.

commander, soldier, nurse, hungarian, russian, bleak, emotional

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InuYasha: The Castle Beyond the Looking Glass (2002)

InuYasha and his companions try to prevent a demon's minions from weaving a powerful spell.

hero, friend, demon, enemy, princess, villain, creative

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City of God (2002)

After forming a gang in Rio de Janeiro, a young man and his best friend descend from robbery to drug dealing and murder.

photographer, drug dealer, criminal, reporter, gang member, brother, bleak

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Witnesses (2003)

A detective and a journalist (Alma Prica) investigate the murder of a Serb living in a Croatian town.

gunman, soldier, daughter, police detective, widow, brother, bleak

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Matangi/Maya/M.I.A. (2018)

Drawn from a never before seen cache of personal footage spanning decades, Stephen Loveridge creates an intimate portrait of the Sri Lankan artist and musician known as M.I.A.

singer, speaker, music journalist, interviewee, interviewer, airy, intense

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Eboli (1979)

A fact-based account of author-artist Carlo Levi's political exile in a remote Italian village during the 1930s.

artist, mayor, sister, villager, physician, profound, powerful

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Honeytrap (2014)

Layla, a 15-year-old living in Brixton, becomes involved with a gang and must set up a boy to be killed.

teen girl, gang leader, gang member, teen boy, bully, bleak, brutal

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The Ogre (1996)

A simple Parisian's (John Malkovich) love of children involves him in a Nazi scheme to kidnap boys and train them as SS troops during World War II.

frenchman, recruiter, powerful, disheartening, bavaria, training camp, third reich

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Mouchette (1967)

Young teen Mouchette (Nadine Nortier) faces hardships everywhere in her difficult life. Her father (Paul Hébert) is a cruel drunk who neglects her. Meanwhile, her mother (Marie Cardinal) lies ill, slowly dying. One day, fleeing a rainstorm, Mouchette comes across Arsène (Jean-Claude Guilbert), a poacher with a violent streak. He lets her take shelter in his cabin but then assaults her. Arsène even blackmails Mouchette to involve her in a cover-up for a crime he's committed.

teen girl, father, mother, poacher, warden, teacher, dark

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The Candidate (1972)

An image maker (Peter Boyle) grooms the son (Robert Redford) of a political boss (Melvyn Douglas) for a token bid in a U.S. Senate race.

lawyer, campaign manager, senator, father, disheartening, brash, fascinating

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12th & Delaware (2010)

One street corner in Fort Pierce, Fla., is home to both a for-profit abortion clinic and a Roman Catholic Church-supported pregnancy clinic whose mission is to prevent women from obtaining abortions. While the abortion clinic takes precautions against threats of violence and fends off protesters, the pregnancy clinic actively spreads misinformation to women about the dangers of abortion. Though neither side will speak to the other, the battle over a woman's right to choose rages on.

doctor, nurse, pregnant woman, protester, priest, volunteer, emotional

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The Keeper (2018)

A young English woman and a soccer-playing German POW overcome prejudice, public hostility and personal tragedy near the end of World War II.

soccer player, engaging, moving, powerful, soccer field, manchester, england, soccer

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Welcome (2009)

Stranded in France, a Kurdish refugee (Firat Ayverdi) takes swimming lessons as part of a plan to cross the English Channel.

teen boy, refugee, swimming instructor, wife, girlfriend, kurd, emotional

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One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

A criminal pleads insanity and is admitted to a mental institution, where he rebels against the oppressive nurse and rallies up the scared patients.

anti-hero, nurse, native american, mentally challenged, patient, bleak, gutsy

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