Most Popular History Feature Films
In the Heart of the Sea
Based on the 1820 event, a whaling ship is preyed upon by a sperm whale, stranding its crew at sea for 90 days, thousands of miles from home. Dir: Ron Howard With: Cillian Murphy, Chris Hemsworth, Ben Whishaw Action | Adventure | Drama | History
An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life. Dir: Mike Leigh With: Timothy Spall, Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson Biography | Drama | History 150 mins.
12 Years a Slave
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Dir: Steve McQueen With: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender Biography | Drama | History 134 mins.
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallce begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron fist. Dir: Mel Gibson With: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan Action | Biography | Drama | History | War 177 mins.
U.K. gay activists work to help miners during their lengthy strike of the National Union of Mineworkers in the summer of 1984. Dir: Matthew Warchus With: Bill Nighy, Imelda Staunton, Dominic West Comedy | Drama | History 120 mins.
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. Dir: George P. Cosmatos With: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott Action | Drama | History | Romance | Western 130 mins.
A slave-turned-gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him. Dir: Paul W.S. Anderson With: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland Action | Adventure | Drama | History | Romance 105 mins.
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Biography | Drama | History 195 mins.
Saving Mr. Banks
Author P.L. Travers reflects on her childhood after reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen. Dir: John Lee Hancock With: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Annie Rose Buckley Biography | Comedy | Drama | History | Music 125 mins.
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest military leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world. Dir: Oliver Stone With: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson Action | Adventure | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War 175 mins.
Zero Dark Thirty
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. Dir: Kathryn Bigelow With: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt Drama | History | Thriller 157 mins.
Black Hawk Down
123 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis. Dir: Ridley Scott With: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore Drama | History | Thriller | War 144 mins.
In 13th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power. Dir: Ridley Scott With: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen Action | Adventure | Drama | History 140 mins.
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn Biography | Drama | History | War 150 mins.
Gangs of New York
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. Dir: Martin Scorsese With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis Crime | Drama | History 167 mins.
Kingdom of Heaven
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. Dir: Ridley Scott With: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War 144 mins.
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Dir: Antoine Fuqua With: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War 126 mins.
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII. Dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel With: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes Biography | Drama | History | War 156 mins.
The Frozen Ground
An Alaska State Trooper partners with a young woman who escaped the clutches of serial killer Robert Hansen to bring the murderer to justice. Based on actual events. Dir: Scott Walker With: Nicolas Cage, Vanessa Hudgens, John Cusack Biography | Crime | History | Thriller 105 mins.
Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters and endeavor to build a village in order to protect themselves and about 1,000 Jewish non-combatants. Dir: Edward Zwick With: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell Action | Drama | History | Thriller | War 137 mins.
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad. Dir: Gavin O'Connor With: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Nathan West Drama | Family | History | Sport 135 mins.
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. Dir: Michael Mann With: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, James Russo Biography | Crime | Drama | History 140 mins.
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. Dir: Clint Eastwood With: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan Drama | History | Mystery | Thriller 141 mins.
The Last Samurai
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. Dir: Edward Zwick With: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly Action | Drama | History | War 154 mins.
The King's Speech
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. Dir: Tom Hooper With: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter Biography | Drama | History 118 mins.