Historical Moviesby cinematicus | created - 22 Dec 2010 | updated - 02 Sep 2015 | Public
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1. Cave of Forgotten Dreams (2010)
G | 90 min | Documentary, History
Werner Herzog gains exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves of Southern France and captures the oldest known pictorial creations of humanity.
Votes: 12,900 | Gross: $5.23M
2. Agora (2009)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the famous philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
Votes: 57,427 | Gross: $0.62M
3. Centurion (2010)
R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is devastated in a guerrilla attack.
Votes: 69,831 | Gross: $0.12M
6. El Naser Salah el Dine (1963)
90 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Saladin, ruler of the kingdoms surrounding the Latin state of Jerusalem, is brought to attack the Christians in the Holy Land by the sacking of a convoy of Muslim pilgrims, a group which ... See full summary »
8. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
R | 126 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.
Votes: 39,953 | Gross: $5.70M
Монгол (Sep. 2007).
9. Mad Love (2001)
R | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History
The love story that transformed Juana, Queen of Spain, into Juana "the Mad". A story of passions, lies and jealousy with a political motive behind.
Votes: 3,294 | Gross: $0.28M
Juana la loca (Sep. 2001).
10. Wolf Hall (2015– )
360 min | Drama, History
After the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, his secretary, Thomas Cromwell, finds himself amongst the treachery and intrigue of King Henry VIII's court and soon becomes a close advisor to the King, a role fraught with danger.
11. Queen Margot (1994)
R | 159 min | Biography, Drama, History
Young Queen Margot finds herself trapped in an arranged marriage amidst a religious war between Catholics and Protestants. She hopes to escape with a new lover, but finds herself imprisoned by her powerful and ruthless family.
Votes: 14,481 | Gross: $2.02M
La Reine Margot (May 1994).
12. Alatriste (2006)
145 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.
13. The Mission (1986)
PG | 125 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.
Votes: 48,062 | Gross: $17.22M
15. A Royal Affair (2012)
R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.
Votes: 37,862 | Gross: $1.55M
En kongelig affære (Feb. 2012).
16. Jefferson in Paris (1995)
PG-13 | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
One of the obsessive speculations in American history is whether Thomas Jefferson, in the years before he became president, had an affair with (and fathered a child with) his 15-year-old ... See full summary »
Votes: 2,547 | Gross: $2.47M
17. L'Autrichienne (1990)
98 min | Biography, Drama, History
Last days of queen Marie Antoinette stunningly portrayed by a director who's clearly done a massive historical research. An accurate plot and a very moving rendering.
L'Autrichienne (Sep. 1990).
18. Farewell, My Queen (2012)
R | 100 min | Drama, History, Romance
A look at the relationship between Marie Antoinette and one of her readers during the first days of the French Revolution.
Votes: 6,844 | Gross: $0.07M
Les adieux à la reine (Feb. 2012).
19. The Madness of King George (1994)
PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
When King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.
Votes: 13,083 | Gross: $15.24M
20. Adieu Bonaparte (1985)
115 min | Drama, History, War
A story during the French Occupation of Egypt (1797-1803), depicting the conflict between tradintion and modernization in the context of fighting the French invadors.
Adieu Bonaparte (May 1985).
21. Le souper (1992)
90 min | Drama, History
France, 1815. After his defeat at Waterloo, Napoleon heads for exile. Royalists occupy Paris and attempt to restore the monarchy. However, the battle doesn't seem to be over. On July 6, ... See full summary »
Le Souper (Dec. 1992).
22. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 512,148 | Gross: $56.67M
23. The Leopard (1963)
PG | 186 min | Drama, History
The Prince of Salina, a noble aristocrat of impeccable integrity, tries to preserve his family and class amid the tumultuous social upheavals of 1860's Sicily.
Il Gattopardo (Mar. 1963).
24. Buddenbrooks (2008)
151 min | Drama
In the 1840s, Lübeck is a dominating commercial town on the Baltic coast, and the Buddenbrooks are among the town's first families. Consul Jean Buddenbrook has two sons, Thomas and ... See full summary »
Die Buddenbrooks (Dec. 2008).
25. Topsy-Turvy (1999)
R | 154 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Set in the 1880s, the story of how, during a creative dry spell, the partnership of the legendary musical/theatrical writers Gilbert and Sullivan almost dissolves, before they turn it all around and write the Mikado.
Votes: 10,529 | Gross: $6.20M
26. Berlin 1885, la ruée sur l'Afrique (2010 TV Movie)
85 min | Drama, History
Berlin 1885, la ruée sur l'Afrique (Dec. 2010).
29. Nuovomondo (2006)
PG-13 | 118 min | Drama, History, Romance
The story is set at the beginning of the 20th century in Sicily. Salvatore, a very poor farmer, and a widower, decides to emigrate to the US with all his family, including his old mother. ... See full summary »
Votes: 4,389 | Gross: $1.06M
Nuovomondo (Sep. 2006).
30. The Winslow Boy (1999)
G | 104 min | Drama, Romance
Early 20th century England: while toasting his daughter Catherine's engagement, Arthur Winslow learns the royal naval academy expelled his 14-year-old son, Ronnie, for stealing five ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,693 | Gross: $3.96M
31. Kongen av Bastøy (2010)
Not Rated | 116 min | Action, Drama
Norwegian winter, early 20th century. On the boys home Bastoy, a new inmate leads the boys to a violent uprising against a brutal regime. How far is he willing to go to attain freedom?
Votes: 15,162 | Gross: $0.01M
Kongen av Bastøy (Dec. 2010).
32. Grey Owl (1999)
PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, Western
The story of the life and work of the Canadian fur trapper-turned-conservationist who claimed to be an aboriginal North American.
Votes: 3,013 | Gross: $0.63M
35. Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky (2009)
R | 119 min | Drama, Music, Romance
Paris 1913. Coco Chanel is infatuated with the rich and handsome Boy Capel, but she is also compelled by her work. Igor Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring is about to be performed. The ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,552 | Gross: $1.72M
36. Gallipoli (1981)
PG | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.
Votes: 31,924 | Gross: $5.73M
39. The Cat's Meow (2001)
PG-13 | 114 min | Drama, Romance
Semi-true story of the Hollywood murder that occurred at a star-studded gathering aboard William Randolph Hearst's yacht in 1924.
Votes: 7,116 | Gross: $3.21M
40. La Vie en Rose (2007)
PG-13 | 140 min | Biography, Drama, Music
Biopic of the iconic French singer Édith Piaf. Raised by her grandmother in a brothel, she was discovered while singing on a street corner at the age of 19. Despite her success, Piaf's life was filled with tragedy.
Votes: 72,147 | Gross: $10.30M
La Môme (Feb. 2007).
41. Lion of the Desert (1980)
PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the Fascist Italy Pre-World War II of Benito Mussolini, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Il Duce to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab ... See full summary »
42. Hoffa (1992)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The story of the notorious American labor union figure Jimmy Hoffa, who organizes a bitter strike, makes deals with members of the organized crime syndicate and mysteriously disappears in 1975.
Votes: 18,376 | Gross: $24.28M
43. Hanussen (1988)
R | 140 min | Drama, History
A man's story parallels Hitler's rise. Austrian Klaus Schneider, wounded in World War I, recovers in the care of Dr. Emil Bettleheim. Bettleheim discovers that Schneider possesses powers of... See full summary »
Votes: 1,317 | Gross: $0.08M
44. Nanjing! Nanjing! (2009)
R | 133 min | Drama, History, War
In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.
Votes: 8,974 | Gross: $0.12M
Nanjin Nanjin/南京！南京！(Apr. 2009).
45. Hong gao liang (1988)
91 min | Drama, History, Romance
In 1930s China a young woman is sent by her father to marry the leprous owner of a winery. In the nearby red sorghum fields she falls for one of his servants. When the master dies she finds... See full summary »
47. The Remains of the Day (1993)
PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer.
Votes: 50,521 | Gross: $22.95M
48. Die Gustloff (2008 TV Movie)
188 min | Drama, History, War
German film loosely based on the sinking, by a Soviet submarine, of a Nazi troop-transport ship in the Baltic Sea on January 30th 1945.
Die Gustloff (Mar. 2008).
49. Days of Glory (2006)
R | 120 min | Drama, War
During WWII, four North African men enlist in the French army to liberate that country from Nazi oppression, and to fight French discrimination.
Votes: 12,765 | Gross: $0.32M
Indigènes (May 2006).
50. A Bridge Too Far (1977)
PG | 175 min | Drama, History, War
Operation Market Garden, September 1944: The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines. However, mismanagement and poor planning result in its failure.
Votes: 43,673 | Gross: $50.80M
51. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 275,751 | Gross: $5.51M
Der Untergang (Dec. 2004).
52. Hadashi no Gen (1983)
83 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A powerful statement against war, Barefoot Gen is a disturbing story about the effect of the atomic bomb on a boy's life and the lives of the Japanese people.
Not Rated | 86 min | Documentary
Using extensive interviews with survivors and archival footage, an examination reveals the aftermath of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
54. The Strange Case of Wilhelm Reich (2012)
110 min | Biography, Drama
At the end of his life, Wilhelm Reich - psychiatrist and experimental scientist searching for the fundamentals of life - finds himself on trial, charged with deception. His dream of ... See full summary »
55. Kon-Tiki (2012)
PG-13 | 118 min | Adventure, History
Legendary explorer Thor Heyerdal's epic 4,300-mile crossing of the Pacific on a balsawood raft in 1947, in an effort to prove that it was possible for South Americans to settle in Polynesia in pre-Columbian times.
Votes: 38,429 | Gross: $1.52M
56. Hors la loi (2010)
Unrated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, War
A drama about the Algerian struggle for independence from France after WWII.
57. The Quiet American (2002)
R | 101 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance
An older British reporter vies with a young U.S. doctor for the affections of a beautiful Vietnamese woman.
Votes: 24,925 | Gross: $12.99M
59. Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (2008)
PG | 102 min | Drama
In 1952, an Inuit hunter named Tivii with tuberculosis leaves his northern home and family to go recuperate at a sanatorium in Quebec City. Uprooted, far from his loved ones, unable to ... See full summary »
Ce qu'il faut pour vivre (2008).
60. Lumumba (2000)
Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History
The true story of the rise to power and brutal assassination of the formerly vilified and later redeemed leader of the independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba. Using newly discovered historical ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,557 | Gross: $0.68M
61. The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004)
Not Rated | 122 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
The feature adaptation of Roger Lewis' book about the actor best remembered as Inspector Clouseau in the Pink Panther movies.
62. Terror's Advocate (2007)
Unrated | 135 min | Documentary, Biography, History
A documentary on Jacques Vergès, the controversial lawyer and former Free French Forces guerrilla who has defending unpopular figures such as Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie and Holocaust denier Roger Garaudy.
Votes: 1,354 | Gross: $0.04M
63. Der Tunnel (2001)
150 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Based on a true story a group of East Berliners escaping to the West. Harry Melchior was a champion East German swimmer at odds with the system under which he has already been imprisoned. ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,547 | Gross: $0.01M
Der Tunnel (2001).
64. Mesrine Part 1: Killer Instinct (2008)
R | 113 min | Action, Biography, Crime
The story of french gangster Jacques Mesrine, before he was called Public Enemy N°1.
Votes: 28,512 | Gross: $0.55M
66. The Bank Job (2008)
R | 111 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
Martine offers Terry a lead on a foolproof bank hit on London's Baker Street. She targets a roomful of safe deposit boxes worth millions in cash and jewelry. But Terry and his crew don't realize the boxes also contain a treasure trove of dirty secrets - secrets that will thrust them into a deadly web of corruption and illicit scandal.
Votes: 159,818 | Gross: $30.03M
67. I banchieri di Dio (2002)
125 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
This movie attempts to reconstruct the bankruptcy of the Banco Ambrosiano bank and its liaisons with the Vatican and the Masonry through the story of its president Roberto Calvi, ... See full summary »
Banchieri di Dio (2002).
69. The Baader Meinhof Complex (2008)
R | 150 min | Action, Biography, Crime
A look at Germany's terrorist group, The Red Army Faction (RAF), which organized bombings, robberies, kidnappings and assassinations in the late 1960s and '70s.
Votes: 31,843 | Gross: $0.48M
70. Micro Men (2009 TV Movie)
84 min | Biography, Drama
In 1979 Clive Sinclair, British inventor of the pocket calculator, frustrated by the lack of home investment in his project,the electric car, also opposes former assistant Chris Curry's ... See full summary »
71. Pionér (2013)
R | 111 min | Thriller
A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy.
Votes: 4,160 | Gross: $0.01M
73. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Votes: 94,739 | Gross: $66.66M
74. De Heineken ontvoering (2011)
Not Rated | 127 min | Crime, History, Thriller
A bold, amateur kidnapping goes wildly awry in this fictionalized account of beer magnate Freddy Heineken's 1983 abduction, which would go on to become one of The Netherlands' most infamous crimes.
75. L'affaire Farewell (2009)
Not Rated | 113 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller
The French intelligence service alerts the U.S. about a Soviet spy operation during the height of the Cold War, which sets off an unfortunate chain of events.
L'affaire farewell (2009).
76. The Lives of Others (2006)
R | 137 min | Drama, Thriller
In 1984 East Berlin, an agent of the secret police, conducting surveillance on a writer and his lover, finds himself becoming increasingly absorbed by their lives.
Votes: 289,776 | Gross: $11.29M
Die Leben der Anderen (2006).
79. L'ordre et la morale (2011)
136 min | Action, Drama, History
Dissidents in a French colony attack a police station and take hostages.
L'ordre et la morale (Nov. 2011).
80. Shizumanu taiyô (2009)
202 min | Drama
A drama based on the 1985 plane crash that caused 520 deaths, the worst aviation event in Japanese history.
沈まぬ太陽 (Shizumanu Taiyō)
81. The Legend of Rita (2000)
103 min | Drama, Romance
Rita Vogt is a radical West German terrorist who abandons the revolution and settles in East Germany with a new identity provided by the East German secret service. She lives in constant ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,896 | Gross: $0.67M
Die Stille nach dem Schuß (2000).
82. Show Me a Hero (2015)
TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History
Yonkers' Mayor Nick Wasicsko takes offices in 1987 and has to deal with the serious subject of the building of public housing in the white, middle class side of the town.
83. Le promeneur du Champ de Mars (2005)
116 min | Biography, Drama
A young journalist (Lespert) helps the French President compile his memoirs.
Le Promeneur du champ de Mars (2005).
84. Narcos (2015– )
TV-MA | 49 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A chronicled look at the criminal exploits of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar, as well as the many other drug kingpins who plagued the country through the years.
86. Des hommes et des dieux (2010)
PG-13 | 122 min | Drama, History
Under threat by fundamentalist terrorists, a group of Trappist monks stationed with an impoverished Algerian community must decide whether to leave or stay.
Votes: 13,301 | Gross: $3.95M
Des hommes et des dieux (2010).
87. Crips and Bloods: Made in America (2008)
Not Rated | 93 min | Documentary, Crime
With a first-person look at the notorious Crips and Bloods, this film examines the conditions that have lead to decades of devastating gang violence among young African Americans growing up in South Los Angeles.
Votes: 2,411 | Gross: $0.07M
Crips And Bloods Made In America
Not Rated | 110 min | Biography, Drama
The story of Italian politician Giulio Andreotti, who has served as Prime Minister of Italy seven times since the restoration of democracy in 1946.
Votes: 13,059 | Gross: $0.24M
89. The Queen (2006)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama
Votes: 92,271 | Gross: $56.44M
harrassed by a bunch of brainless/spineless ninnies
90. The Special Relationship (2010 TV Movie)
TV-14 | 93 min | Biography, Drama, History
92. His Big White Self (2006 TV Movie)
Not Rated | 92 min | Documentary
15 years after his classic documentary "The Leader, His Driver, and the Driver's Wife", Nick Broomfield examines the history of the far-right AWB and its leader Eugene Terre'Blanche and ... See full summary »
93. Armadillo (2010)
Not Rated | 105 min | Documentary, War
In February of 2009, a group of Danish soldiers accompanied by documentarian Janus Metz arrived at Armadillo, an army base in the southern Afghan province of Helmand. Metz and ... See full summary »
Director: Janus Metz
Votes: 8,536 | Gross: $0.01M
95. Dirty Wars (2013)
Not Rated | 87 min | Documentary, Crime, Drama
Investigative journalist Jeremy Scahill is pulled into an unexpected journey as he chases down the hidden truth behind America's expanding covert wars.
Votes: 8,339 | Gross: $0.38M