The greatest HISTORICAL MOVIES

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1.
The Alamo (1960)
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A small band of soldiers sacrifice their lives in hopeless combat against a massive army in order to prevent a tyrant from smashing the new Republic of Texas. (167 mins.)
Director: John Wayne
 
2.
The Last Samurai (2003)
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An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle. (154 mins.)
Director: Edward Zwick
 
3.
The Longest Day (1962)
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The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view. (178 mins.)
 
4.
The Barbarian and the Geisha (1958)
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Townsend Harris is sent by President Pierce to Japan to serve as the first U.S. Consul-General to that country... (105 mins.)
Director: John Huston
 
5.
The Alamo (2004)
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Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas. (137 mins.)
 
6.
Brave Warrior (1952)
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In Indiana of the early 1800s, conflict once again arises between the United States and Great Britain over territory and boundaries... (73 mins.)
 
7.
The Man from the Alamo (1953)
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During the war for Texas independence, one man leaves the Alamo before the end (chosen by lot to help... (79 mins.)
Director: Budd Boetticher
 
8.
The 300 Spartans (1962)
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A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army. (114 mins.)
Director: Rudolph Maté
 
9.
Alexander the Great (1956)
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The life and military conquests of Alexander III of Macedon (20/21 July 356 - 10/11 June 323 BC), commonly known as Alexander the Great. (141 mins.)
Director: Robert Rossen
 
10.
The Eagle (2011)
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In Roman-ruled Britain, a young Roman soldier endeavors to honor his father's memory by finding his lost legion's golden emblem. (114 mins.)
Director: Kevin Macdonald
 
11.
Gladiator (2000)
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When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge. (155 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
12.
King Arthur (2004)
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A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. (126 mins.)
Director: Antoine Fuqua
 
13.
The Vikings (1958)
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A slave and a Viking prince fight for the love of a captive princess. (116 mins.)
 
14.
The Long Ships (1964)
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A vagabond Viking adventurer and a Moor both compete to find "The Mother of All Voices," a legendary golden bell near the Pillars of Hercules. (126 mins.)
Director: Jack Cardiff
 
15.
Ivanhoe (1952)
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A knight seeks to free the captive King Richard and put him back on the throne. (106 mins.)
Director: Richard Thorpe
 
16.
The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
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When Prince John and the Norman Lords begin oppressing the Saxon masses in King Richard's absence, a Saxon lord fights back as the outlaw leader of a rebel guerrilla army. (102 mins.)
 
17.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
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When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw. (143 mins.)
Director: Kevin Reynolds
 
18.
Robin Hood (2010)
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In 12th 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. (140 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
19.
Henry V (1989)
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War in 1415, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France. (137 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
 
20.
Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
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In 1787, British ship Bounty leaves Portsmouth to bring a cargo of bread-fruit from Tahiti but the savage on-board conditions imposed by Captain Bligh trigger a mutiny led by officer Fletcher Christian. (178 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
21.
The Bounty (1984)
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The familiar story of Lieutenant Bligh, whose cruelty leads to a mutiny on his ship. This version follows... (132 mins.)
Director: Roger Donaldson
 
22.
The Duellists (1977)
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A duel between two feuding Napoleonic officers eventually evolves into a decades-long series of duels, after each bout - for various reasons - ends unresolved. (100 mins.)
Director: Ridley Scott
 
23.
Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
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During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. (138 mins.)
Director: Peter Weir
 
24.
The Fighting Kentuckian (1949)
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Following Napoleon's Waterloo defeat and the exile of his officers and their families from France, the U.S.Congress... (100 mins.)
Director: George Waggner
 
25.
Captain Horatio Hornblower R.N. (1951)
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During the Napoleonic wars, a British naval captain has adventures in Central American waters. (117 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
 
26.
The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)
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A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which... (139 mins.)
Director: Tony Richardson
 
27.
Zulu (1964)
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Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift. (138 mins.)
Director: Cy Endfield
 
28.
Gettysburg (1993)
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War. (271 mins.)
 
29.
Zulu Dawn (1979)
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A dramatization of the Battle of Isandlwana, where the British Army met its match against the Zulu nation. (117 mins.)
Director: Douglas Hickox
 
30.
The Conspirator (2010)
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Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life. (122 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
 
31.
Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
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Lawman Wyatt Earp and outlaw Doc Holliday form an unlikely alliance which culminates in their participation in the legendary Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. (122 mins.)
Director: John Sturges
 
32.
All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. (136 mins.)
Director: Lewis Milestone
 
33.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
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The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and lead the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
34.
Genghis Khan (1965)
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During the 13th century the shy Mongol boy Temujin becomes the fearless leader Genghis Khan who unites all Mongol tribes and conquers most of Asia, Europe and the Middle-East. (120 mins.)
Director: Henry Levin
 
35.
The Sand Pebbles (1966)
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Engineer Jake Holman arrives aboard the gunboat U.S.S. San Pablo, assigned to patrol a tributary of... (182 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
36.
The Hindenburg (1975)
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A film that chronicles the events of the Hindenburg disaster in which a zeppelin burst into flames. (125 mins.)
Director: Robert Wise
 
37.
Battle of Britain (1969)
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In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible German invasion of the UK. (132 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
 
38.
Sink the Bismarck! (1960)
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The World War II story of the British Navy's effort to defeat Nazi Germany's most powerful warship. (97 mins.)
Director: Lewis Gilbert
 
39.
Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
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A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen. (144 mins.)
 
40.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
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After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
 
41.
The Dam Busters (1955)
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The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective. (124 mins.)
 
42.
A Bridge Too Far (1977)
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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. (175 mins.)
 
43.
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
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The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (141 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
44.
Flags of Our Fathers (2006)
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The life stories of the six men who raised the flag at The Battle of Iwo Jima, a turning point in WWII. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
 
45.
We Were Soldiers (2002)
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The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it. (138 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
 
46.
Back to Bataan (1945)
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In 1942, after the fall of the Philippines to the Japanese, U.S. Army Col. Joseph Madden stays behind to organize the local resistance against the Japanese invaders. (95 mins.)
Director: Edward Dmytryk