History, Best Films

by LakesideScott | created - 25 Jun 2013 | updated - 13 Dec 2015 | Public

I've divided this list into more manageable sections (click my username above):

Prehistory History through 1699 1700-1899 1900-1949 1950-1974 1975-1999 2000-present

I will eventually turn this into a list of the best historical films - those worth watching and substantially accurate. At the moment, I am concentrating on the divided lists, which will be much more inclusive of a wide range of quality and historical accuracy.

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1. Quest for Fire (1981)

R | 100 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.4
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This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

Director: Jean-Jacques Annaud | Stars: Everett McGill, Ron Perlman, Nicholas Kadi, Rae Dawn Chong

Votes: 17,742 | Gross: $20.96M

2. The Clan of the Cave Bear (1986)

R | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

5.3
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A young Cro-Magnon woman is raised by Neanderthals.

Director: Michael Chapman | Stars: Daryl Hannah, Pamela Reed, James Remar, Thomas G. Waites

Votes: 5,387 | Gross: $1.95M

3. Noah (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.8
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68 Metascore

Noah is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson

Votes: 215,581 | Gross: $101.20M

4. The Ten Commandments (1956)

Approved | 220 min | Adventure, Drama

7.9
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The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson

Votes: 52,446 | Gross: $93.74M

Setting: 1300 B.C.

5. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.2
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56 Metascore

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 418,535 | Gross: $133.38M

Setting: 1193 B.C.

6. The Odyssey (1997– )

PG-13 | 176 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy

7.0
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This lavish small-screen adaptation of Homer's ancient epic--replete with Maltese and Turkish locations, state-of-the-art special effects, and many bronzed muscles gleaming with sweat--... See full summary »

Stars: Armand Assante, Greta Scacchi, Isabella Rossellini, Bernadette Peters

Votes: 11,661

7. 300 (2006)

R | 117 min | Action, Fantasy

7.7
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52 Metascore

King Leonidas of Sparta and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C.

Director: Zack Snyder | Stars: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham, Dominic West

Votes: 654,060 | Gross: $210.61M

Setting: 480 B.C.

8. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 147,062 | Gross: $34.30M

Setting: 336 B.C.

9. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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67 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,094,614 | Gross: $187.71M

Setting: 180 B.C.

10. Spartacus (1960)

PG-13 | 197 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.9
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87 Metascore

The slave Spartacus leads a violent revolt against the decadent Roman Republic.

Director: Stanley Kubrick | Stars: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton

Votes: 105,745 | Gross: $30.00M

11. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

8.8
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A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 127,973

12. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 24,076 | Gross: $57.78M

13. Ben-Hur (1959)

G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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90 Metascore

When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.

Director: William Wyler | Stars: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Stephen Boyd, Haya Harareet

Votes: 180,624 | Gross: $74.70M

14. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

7.2
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47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 190,175 | Gross: $370.78M

Setting: 30 A.D.

15. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
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Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.

Directors: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 29,342 | Gross: $23.44M

16. I, Claudius (1976)

Not Rated | 669 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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The history of the Roman Empire as experienced by one of its rulers.

Stars: Derek Jacobi, John Hurt, Siân Phillips, Brian Blessed

Votes: 12,588

17. Pompeii (I) (2014)

PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

5.5
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39 Metascore

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.

Director: Paul W.S. Anderson | Stars: Kit Harington, Emily Browning, Kiefer Sutherland, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 93,727 | Gross: $23.22M

18. Agora (2009)

R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.2
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55 Metascore

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.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom

Votes: 57,454 | Gross: $0.62M

19. Beowulf (2007)

PG-13 | 115 min | Animation, Action, Adventure

6.2
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59 Metascore

The warrior Beowulf must fight and defeat the monster Grendel who is terrorizing Denmark, and later, Grendel's mother, who begins killing out of revenge.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Ray Winstone, Crispin Glover, Angelina Jolie, Robin Wright

Votes: 149,043 | Gross: $82.16M

Setting: 490

20. Apocalypto (2006)

R | 139 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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68 Metascore

As the Mayan kingdom faces its decline, a young man is taken on a perilous journey to a world ruled by fear and oppression.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Gerardo Taracena, Raoul Max Trujillo, Dalia Hernández, Rudy Youngblood

Votes: 254,682 | Gross: $50.87M

21. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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63 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 234,974 | Gross: $47.40M

Setting: 1150

22. Ivanhoe (1997– )

270 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

7.6
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Ivanhoe returning from crusading in the Holy Land to England which is ruled by corrupt Prince John.

Stars: David Barrass, Ralph Brown, Jimmy Chisholm, Trevor Cooper

Votes: 864

23. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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68 Metascore

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 817,270 | Gross: $75.60M

Setting: 1280

24. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

6.5
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47 Metascore

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean

Votes: 24,426 | Gross: $7.19M

25. The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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50 Metascore

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Eric Bana, Jim Sturgess

Votes: 90,481 | Gross: $26.81M

26. Henry VIII (2003 TV Movie)

193 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.3
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Two-part TV series documenting the stormy 38-year reign of King Henry VIII.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell, Charles Dance

Votes: 1,935

27. The Virgin Queen (2005– )

237 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her ... See full summary »

Stars: Anne-Marie Duff, Sienna Guillory, Ian Hart, Tom Hardy

Votes: 2,331

28. Shakespeare in Love (1998)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History

7.2
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87 Metascore

A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays.

Director: John Madden | Stars: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 188,689 | Gross: $100.32M

Setting: 1593

29. Elizabeth (1998)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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75 Metascore

A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes

Votes: 80,785 | Gross: $30.08M

30. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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45 Metascore

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

Director: Shekhar Kapur | Stars: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Jordi Mollà

Votes: 58,531 | Gross: $16.29M

31. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 75,177 | Gross: $12.71M

Setting: 1607

32. The Countess (2009)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Daniel Brühl, William Hurt, Anamaria Marinca

Votes: 6,769

33. To Kill a King (2003)

102 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.2
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A recounting of the relationship between General Fairfax and Oliver Cromwell, as they try to cope with the consequences of deposing King Charles I.

Director: Mike Barker | Stars: Tim Roth, Dougray Scott, Olivia Williams, James Bolam

Votes: 2,693

34. Salem Witch Trials (2002 TV Movie)

240 min | Drama, History

6.2
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A masterful work accurately details the current consensus of what exactly occurred to prompt the colonial witch-trials.

Director: Joseph Sargent | Stars: Kirstie Alley, Henry Czerny, Gloria Reuben, Jay O. Sanders

Votes: 552

Setting: 1692

35. The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)

PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure

6.5
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48 Metascore

The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king?

Director: Randall Wallace | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich, Gérard Depardieu

Votes: 136,333 | Gross: $56.97M

36. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.8
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76 Metascore

Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means, Eric Schweig

Votes: 124,497 | Gross: $75.51M

Setting: 1757

37. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part I (1977)

TV-14 | 97 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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In Gambia, West Africa, Kunta Kinte, son of Omoro and Binta, distinguishes himself in manhood training rituals. But he does not enjoy his new status long: slave traders sweeping the ... See full summary »

Director: David Greene | Stars: Edward Asner, O.J. Simpson, Ralph Waite, Ji-Tu Cumbuka

Votes: 170

38. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part II (1977)

TV-14 | 96 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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Despite a violent rebellion, the slave ship Lord Ligonier completes its voyage and Kunta Kinte endures the indiginity of an Annapolis slave auction. Fiddler, the slave in charge of Kunta's ... See full summary »

Director: John Erman | Stars: Maya Angelou, Edward Asner, Louis Gossett Jr., Lorne Greene

Votes: 134

39. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part III (1977)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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The adult Kunta Kinte meets his match in Belle Reynolds, his future bride and mother to daughter Kizzy.

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: John Amos, Ji-Tu Cumbuka, Lynda Day George, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 120

40. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part IV (1977)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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Kunta Kinte's only child, Kizzy, is on the Moore's ranch, older, and with an 18-year old son, George. He is the opposite of Kunta, as Kizzy says, "a slave through and through" and his ... See full summary »

Director: Marvin J. Chomsky | Stars: John Amos, Chuck Connors, Scatman Crothers, Sandy Duncan

Votes: 117

41. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 223,580 | Gross: $113.33M

Setting: 1776

42. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

7.4
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64 Metascore

The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 23,439 | Gross: $10.73M

43. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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65 Metascore

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.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 86,716 | Gross: $15.96M

44. Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)

Not Rated | 132 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.8
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A tyrannical ship captain decides to exact revenge on his abused crew after they form a mutiny against him, but the sailor he targets had no hand in it.

Director: Frank Lloyd | Stars: Charles Laughton, Clark Gable, Franchot Tone, Herbert Mundin

Votes: 17,561

45. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part V (1977)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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Follow Chicken George and the story of his son, Tom.

Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, Macdonald Carey, Olivia Cole

Votes: 102

46. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part VI (1977)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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The war is over, the Confederacy having surrendered, freeing the slaves. Mr. Harvey invites the slaves to stay if they wish, maybe sharecropping. The rest of the plantation owners, a ... See full summary »

Director: Gilbert Moses | Stars: Lloyd Bridges, Georg Stanford Brown, Olivia Cole, Brad Davis

Votes: 102

47. Amadeus (1984)

R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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93 Metascore

The incredible story of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri - now confined to an insane asylum.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Tom Hulce, Elizabeth Berridge, Roy Dotrice

Votes: 302,943 | Gross: $51.97M

48. The Duchess (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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62 Metascore

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 67,170 | Gross: $13.82M

49. John Adams (2008– )

TV-14 | 71 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.

Stars: Paul Giamatti, Laura Linney, John Dossett, Stephen Dillane

Votes: 22,464

Setting: 1790

50. Lewis & Clark: Great Journey West (2002)

TV-G | 42 min | Short, Adventure, Drama

7.2
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This documentary chronicles the Lewis and Clark expedition and breathtaking landscape they crossed while searching for the northwest passage. (Source: Netflix)

Director: Bruce Neibaur | Stars: Kelly Boulware, Sonny Surowiec, Alex Rice, Gregory Paul Jackson

Votes: 226

51. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

7.4
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81 Metascore

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.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Russell Crowe, Paul Bettany, Billy Boyd, James D'Arcy

Votes: 179,633 | Gross: $93.93M

Setting: 1803

52. Goya's Ghosts (2006)

R | 113 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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52 Metascore

Painter Francisco Goya faces a scandal involving his muse, who is labeled a heretic by a monk.

Director: Milos Forman | Stars: Javier Bardem, Natalie Portman, Stellan Skarsgård, Randy Quaid

Votes: 26,545 | Gross: $1.00M

53. The Buccaneer (1958)

Approved | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, History

6.6
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During the war of 1812, Louisiana buccaneer Jean Lafitte assists the Americans in defending New Orleans against the attacking British war fleet.

Director: Anthony Quinn | Stars: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Charles Boyer, Inger Stevens

Votes: 1,847

54. Napoléon (2002)

380 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.4
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The year is 1816, and Napoleon, held prisoner by the British on the island of St. Helena, is telling the young English girl Betsy his life story. His meteoric rise to military prominence ... See full summary »

Stars: Christian Clavier, Isabella Rossellini, Gérard Depardieu, John Malkovich

Votes: 3,550

Setting: 1816

55. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part VII (1977)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.6
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Chicken Moore returns home to guide his family to freedom from tyranny.

Stars: John Amos, Todd Bridges, Grand L. Bush, Chuck Connors

Votes: 93

56. Roots (1977)
Episode: Part VIII (1977)

TV-14 | 90 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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Stars: Todd Bridges, Olivia Cole, Chuck Connors, Scatman Crothers

Votes: 92

57. Texas (1994 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 180 min | Adventure, History, Western

6.2
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In the beginning of the 19th Century many Anglosaxons are settling in the Mexican province of Texas. As the years go by, political conflicts between the settlers and the Mexican government ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Lang | Stars: Maria Conchita Alonso, Benjamin Bratt, Frederick Coffin, Patrick Duffy

Votes: 379

58. Into the West (2005– )
Episode: Wheel to the Stars (2005)

91 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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Director: Robert Dornhelm | Stars: Simon Baker, Josh Brolin, Gary Busey, Tonantzin Carmelo

Votes: 105

59. Amistad (1997)

R | 155 min | Drama, History

7.3
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63 Metascore

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Djimon Hounsou, Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 61,341 | Gross: $44.18M

60. Into the West (2005– )
Episode: Manifest Destiny (2005)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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Director: Simon Wincer | Stars: Beau Bridges, Jessica Capshaw, Tonantzin Carmelo, Derek de Lint

Votes: 88

61. The Mexican-American War (2006 TV Movie)

TV-PG | 72 min | History, War

7.5
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At a time when immigration reform continues to be one of the most heated topics in political and business circles, this 2-hour special reexamines the controversial war that resulted in the ... See full summary »

Director: Jim Lindsay | Stars: Oscar De La Hoya, David John Cole, Art Bonilla, Chris Connor

Votes: 20

62. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 512,486 | Gross: $56.67M

63. The Invisible Woman (2013)

R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.1
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75 Metascore

At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death.

Director: Ralph Fiennes | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander

Votes: 8,020 | Gross: $1.23M

64. Into the West (2005– )
Episode: Dreams and Schemes (2005)

91 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.5
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Director: Sergio Mimica-Gezzan | Stars: Sean Astin, Tonantzin Carmelo, Sheila Tousey, Tyler Christopher

Votes: 151

65. The Young Victoria (2009)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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64 Metascore

A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 49,858 | Gross: $11.00M

66. Gods and Generals (2003)

PG-13 | 219 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.3
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30 Metascore

The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Stephen Lang, Robert Duvall, Jeff Daniels, Donzaleigh Abernathy

Votes: 13,901 | Gross: $12.87M

67. Gettysburg (1993)

PG | 271 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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In 1863, the Northern and Southern forces fight at Gettysburg in the decisive battle of the American Civil War.

Director: Ron Maxwell | Stars: Tom Berenger, Martin Sheen, Stephen Lang, Richard Jordan

Votes: 23,113 | Gross: $10.77M

Setting: 1863

68. Glory (1989)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman

Votes: 107,948 | Gross: $26.83M

69. Ride with the Devil (I) (1999)

R | 138 min | Drama, Romance, War

6.8
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69 Metascore

During the American Civil War, two friends join the Bushwhackers, a militant group loyal to the Confederacy.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tobey Maguire, Skeet Ulrich, Jewel Kilcher, Jeremy W. Auman

Votes: 11,654 | Gross: $0.63M

70. The Hunley (1999 TV Movie)

94 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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During the siege of Charleston of 1864, Confederate submarine CSS Hunley becomes the first submersible to sink an enemy warship in wartime.

Director: John Gray | Stars: Armand Assante, Donald Sutherland, Alex Jennings, Chris Bauer

Votes: 1,050

71. The Last Confederate: The Story of Robert Adams (2005)

R | 96 min | Action, Drama, History

5.6
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The true love story of the conflict between Capt. Robert Adams' dedication to the south and his love for Eveline McCord, his beloved from the north. Produced, written and directed by the descendants of Robert and Eveline, this American Civil War tale is an explosive, richly detailed saga of fierce combat, honor and the will to risk all that's precious for love or country.

Directors: Julian Adams, A. Blaine Miller, Blaine Miller | Stars: Julian Adams, Gwendolyn Edwards, Eric Holloway, Amy Redford

Votes: 321

72. Dances with Wolves (1990)

PG-13 | 181 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

8.0
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72 Metascore

Lieutenant John Dunbar, assigned to a remote western Civil War outpost, befriends wolves and Indians, making him an intolerable aberration in the military.

Director: Kevin Costner | Stars: Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Graham Greene, Rodney A. Grant

Votes: 203,188 | Gross: $184.21M

73. Andersonville (1996 TV Movie)

167 min | Drama, History, War

7.5
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The story of the most notorious Confederate prisoner of war camp in the American Civil War.

Director: John Frankenheimer | Stars: Jarrod Emick, Frederic Forrest, Ted Marcoux, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 1,569

74. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 213,345 | Gross: $182.21M

75. Killing Lincoln (2013 TV Movie)

Unrated | 92 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, Killing Lincoln is the suspenseful, eye-opening story of the events surrounding the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln.

Director: Adrian Moat | Stars: Tom Hanks, Regen Wilson, Billy Campbell, Jesse Johnson

Votes: 1,867

76. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.2
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73 Metascore

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 125,242 | Gross: $95.64M

77. Gone with the Wind (1939)

G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 238,390 | Gross: $198.68M

78. Into the West (2005– )
Episode: Hell on Wheels (2005)

92 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.5
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Director: Michael W. Watkins | Stars: Irene Bedard, Tom Berenger, Gil Birmingham, Tyler Christopher

Votes: 150

79. Around the World in 80 Days (1956)

Passed | 175 min | Adventure, Comedy, Family

6.8
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A Victorian Englishman bets that with the new steamships and railways he can circumnavigate the globe in eighty days.

Directors: Michael Anderson, John Farrow | Stars: David Niven, Cantinflas, Shirley MacLaine, Robert Newton

Votes: 19,981 | Gross: $42.00M

80. The Last Samurai (2003)

R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History

7.7
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55 Metascore

An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, Billy Connolly, William Atherton

Votes: 343,641 | Gross: $111.11M

81. Into the West (2005– )
Episode: Casualties of War (2005)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.1
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Director: Timothy Van Patten | Stars: Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, Keith Carradine, Tyler Christopher

Votes: 69

82. Young Guns (1988)

R | 107 min | Action, Crime, Drama

6.8
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50 Metascore

A group of young gunmen, led by Billy the Kid, become deputies to avenge the murder of the rancher who became their benefactor. But when Billy takes their authority too far, they become the hunted.

Director: Christopher Cain | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Kiefer Sutherland, Lou Diamond Phillips, Charlie Sheen

Votes: 46,263 | Gross: $45.66M

83. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.

Directors: George P. Cosmatos, Kevin Jarre | Stars: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton

Votes: 104,835 | Gross: $56.51M

84. Buffalo Soldiers (1997 TV Movie)

G | 100 min | Drama, History, Western

6.3
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Fact based story about the all-black US Cavalry Troop H which protected the Western territories in post Civil War times. The story focuses on the troops attempts to capture an Apache ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Haid | Stars: Lamont Bentley, Tom Bower, Timothy Busfield, Gabriel Casseus

Votes: 626

85. The Elephant Man (1980)

PG | 124 min | Biography, Drama

8.2
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A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man who is mistreated while scraping a living as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous facade, there is revealed a person of intelligence and sensitivity.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, Anne Bancroft, John Gielgud

Votes: 180,627

86. The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)

R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.5
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68 Metascore

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.

Director: Andrew Dominik | Stars: Brad Pitt, Casey Affleck, Sam Shepard, Mary-Louise Parker

Votes: 148,004 | Gross: $3.90M

87. From Hell (2001)

R | 122 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller

6.8
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54 Metascore

In Victorian Era London, a troubled clairvoyant police detective investigates the murders by Jack The Ripper.

Directors: Albert Hughes, Allen Hughes | Stars: Johnny Depp, Heather Graham, Ian Holm, Robbie Coltrane

Votes: 132,927 | Gross: $31.60M

88. Into the West (2005– )
Episode: Ghost Dance (2005)

90 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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Director: Jeremy Podeswa | Stars: Irene Bedard, Gil Birmingham, Joanna Going, Joseph M. Marshall

Votes: 64

89. The Last Ride of the Dalton Gang (1979 TV Movie)

142 min | Action, Western

5.7
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A light-hearted view of the Dalton Gang's legendary raid on Coffeyville, Kansas and the years leading up to it as the brothers form themselves into a gang of horse thieves, train and bank ... See full summary »

Director: Dan Curtis | Stars: Cliff Potts, Randy Quaid, Larry Wilcox, Sharon Farrell

Votes: 150

90. Rough Riders (1997– )

240 min | Action, Drama, History

7.5
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Undersecretary of the Navy Theodore Roosevelt resigns to form a volunteer militia unit called "The Rough Riders" to fight in the Spanish American War.

Stars: Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott, Gary Busey, Brad Johnson

Votes: 1,563

91. The Miracle Worker (1962)

Approved | 106 min | Biography, Drama

8.1
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The story of Anne Sullivan's struggle to teach the blind and deaf Helen Keller how to communicate.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Anne Bancroft, Patty Duke, Victor Jory, Inga Swenson

Votes: 13,418

92. The Winds of Kitty Hawk (1978 TV Movie)

Not Rated | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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A beautifully photographed story that gives insight into the lives and accomplishments of the Wright brothers and the period in which they lived.

Director: E.W. Swackhamer | Stars: Michael Moriarty, David Huffman, Tom Bower, Robin Gammell

Votes: 95

93. Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

PG | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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58 Metascore

Two Western bank/train robbers flee to Bolivia when the law gets too close.

Director: George Roy Hill | Stars: Paul Newman, Robert Redford, Katharine Ross, Strother Martin

Votes: 168,676 | Gross: $102.31M

94. Titanic (1997)

PG-13 | 194 min | Drama, Romance

7.8
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74 Metascore

A seventeen-year-old aristocrat falls in love with a kind but poor artist aboard the luxurious, ill-fated R.M.S. Titanic.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Billy Zane, Kathy Bates

Votes: 872,208 | Gross: $0.69M

95. All Quiet on the Western Front (1930)

Unrated | 136 min | Drama, War

8.1
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A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I.

Director: Lewis Milestone | Stars: Lew Ayres, Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Arnold Lucy

Votes: 50,206 | Gross: $3.27M

96. War Horse (2011)

PG-13 | 146 min | Drama, War

7.2
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72 Metascore

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Votes: 126,644 | Gross: $79.88M

97. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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100 Metascore

The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 215,507 | Gross: $44.82M

98. Reds (1981)

PG | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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76 Metascore

A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia, and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.

Director: Warren Beatty | Stars: Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Edward Herrmann, Jerzy Kosinski

Votes: 17,812 | Gross: $40.38M

99. The Great Gatsby (2013)

PG-13 | 143 min | Drama, Romance

7.3
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55 Metascore

A writer and wall street trader, Nick, finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor, Jay Gatsby.

Director: Baz Luhrmann | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire

Votes: 399,116 | Gross: $144.84M

100. Leatherheads (2008)

PG-13 | 114 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

6.0
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56 Metascore

In 1925, an enterprising pro football player convinces America's too-good-to-be-true college football hero to play for his team and keep the league from going under.

Director: George Clooney | Stars: George Clooney, Renée Zellweger, John Krasinski, David de Vries

Votes: 28,897 | Gross: $31.20M