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.
Dallas Buyers Club
In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is himself diagnosed with the disease. Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée With: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto Biography | Drama | History 117 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.
King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Dir: Zack Snyder With: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham Action | Fantasy | History | War 117 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.
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.
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.
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 story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Dir: J.A. Bayona With: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland Drama | History | Thriller 114 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.
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.
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.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. Dir: Justin Chadwick With: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto Biography | Drama | History 141 mins.
An English soldier and the daughter of an Algonquin chief share a romance when English colonists invade seventeenth-century Virginia. Dir: Mike Gabriel, Eric Goldberg With: Mel Gibson, Linda Hunt, Christian Bale Animation | Adventure | Drama | Family | History | Musical | Romance 81 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.
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.
Walking with the Enemy
A young man, separated from his family in WWII, disguises himself as a Nazi SS Officer and uncovers more than just his family whereabouts. Dir: Mark Schmidt With: Jonas Armstrong, Ben Kingsley, Hannah Tointon Action | Drama | History | Romance | War
Irish republican Bobby Sands leads the inmates of a Northern Irish prison in a hunger strike. Dir: Steve McQueen With: Stuart Graham, Laine Megaw, Brian Milligan Biography | Drama | History 96 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
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.
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 152 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 | War 144 mins.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
Set during World War II, a story seen through the innocent eyes of Bruno, the eight-year-old son of the commandant at a concentration camp, whose forbidden friendship with a Jewish boy on the other side of the camp fence has startling and unexpected consequences. Dir: Mark Herman With: Asa Butterfield, David Thewlis, Rupert Friend Drama | History | War 94 mins.
J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the F.B.I. for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life. Dir: Clint Eastwood With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts Biography | Crime | Drama | History 137 mins.