Most Popular History Feature Films
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 K. Williams, Michael Fassbender Biography | Drama | History 134 mins.
A chronicle of the life of Louis Zamperini, an Olympic runner who was taken prisoner by Japanese forces during World War II. Dir: Angelina Jolie With: Jack O'Connell, Domhnall Gleeson, Jai Courtney Action | Biography | Drama | History | Sport | War
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.
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.
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.
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.
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980. Dir: Ben Affleck With: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman Biography | Drama | History | Thriller 120 mins.
The Great Escape
Allied P.O.W.s plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. Dir: John Sturges With: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough Adventure | Drama | History | War 172 mins.
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, a commoner 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.
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 to the end of her reign as queen and ultimately the fall of Versailles. Dir: Sofia Coppola With: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn Biography | Drama | History 123 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.
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.
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.
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.
The Wind Rises
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II. Dir: Hayao Miyazaki With: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Krasinski, Emily Blunt Animation | Biography | Drama | History | Romance | War 126 mins.
A dramatization of the 20 July assassination and political coup plot by desperate renegade German Army officers against Hitler during World War II. Dir: Bryan Singer With: Tom Cruise, Bill Nighy, Carice van Houten Drama | History | Thriller | War 121 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.
Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze Drama | History | Thriller 164 mins.
Empire of the Sun
A young English boy struggles to survive under Japanese occupation during World War II. Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson Drama | History | War 153 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.
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.
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford
Robert Ford, who's idolized Jesse James since childhood, tries hard to join the reforming gang of the Missouri outlaw, but gradually becomes resentful of the bandit leader. Dir: Andrew Dominik With: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard Biography | Crime | Drama | History | Western 160 mins.