Most Popular History Titles


1. Vikings (2013– )

TV-14 | 44 min | Action, Drama, History

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The world of the Vikings is brought to life through the journey of Ragnar Lothbrok, the first Viking to emerge from Norse legend and onto the pages of history - a man on the edge of myth.

Stars: Travis Fimmel, Clive Standen, Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick

Votes: 195,178

2. Mohenjo Daro (2016)

155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.8
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39 Metascore

In 2016 BC, a kind farmer leads an uprising in the city of Mohenjo Daro.

Director: Ashutosh Gowariker | Stars: Hrithik Roshan, Pooja Hegde, Kabir Bedi, Arunoday Singh

Votes: 4,658 | Gross: $1.16M

3. Dunkirk (2017)

Action, Drama, History | Filming

Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, Mark Rylance, Kenneth Branagh

4. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

7.8
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57 Metascore

Based on the extraordinary true story of Operation Anthropoid, the WWII mission to assassinate SS General Reinhard Heydrich, the main architect behind the Final Solution and the Reich's third in command after Hitler and Himmler.

Director: Sean Ellis | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Cillian Murphy, Brian Caspe, Karel Hermánek Jr.

Votes: 979 | Gross: $2.35M

5. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 186,252 | Gross: $70.24M

6. The Last Kingdom (2015– )

60 min | Action, History, Romance

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The year is 872, and many of the separate kingdoms of what we now know as England have fallen to the invading Danes, leaving the great kingdom of Wessex standing alone and defiant under the... See full summary »

Stars: Alexander Dreymon, Ian Hart, David Dawson, Adrian Bower

Votes: 18,920

7. Marco Polo (2014– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, "Marco Polo" is based on the famed explorer's adventures in Kublai Khan's court in 13th century Mongolia.

Stars: Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen, Remy Hii

Votes: 39,839

8. 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: 161,389 | Gross: $70.00M

9. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 128 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.1
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93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 199,222 | Gross: $44.99M

10. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.9
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72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 121,292 | Gross: $161.03M

11. Band of Brothers (2001 TV Mini-Series)

TV-MA | 70 min | Action, Drama, History

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The story of Easy Company of the US Army 101st Airborne division and their mission in WWII Europe from Operation Overlord through V-J Day.

Stars: Scott Grimes, Damian Lewis, Ron Livingston, Shane Taylor

Votes: 230,899

12. Spartacus: War of the Damned (2010–2013)

TV-MA | 55 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

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Watch the story of history's greatest gladiator unfold with graphic violence and the passions of the women that love them. This is Spartacus.

Stars: Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, Manu Bennett, Daniel Feuerriegel

Votes: 173,575

13. Everest (2015)

PG-13 | 121 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

7.1
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64 Metascore

A climbing expedition on Mt. Everest is devastated by a severe snow storm.

Director: Baltasar Kormákur | Stars: Jason Clarke, Ang Phula Sherpa, Thomas M. Wright, Martin Henderson

Votes: 135,896 | Gross: $43.25M

14. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 180,192 | Gross: $72.31M

15. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 867,586 | Gross: $96.07M

16. The Finest Hours (2016)

PG-13 | 117 min | Action, Drama, History

6.8
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58 Metascore

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana

Votes: 28,283 | Gross: $27.55M

17. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

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An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law, conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

Stars: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham

Votes: 136,115

18. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

131 min | Biography, Drama, History | Completed

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Medal of Honor.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington

19. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.7
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53 Metascore

A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters, runaway slaves, and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.

Director: Gary Ross | Stars: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell

Votes: 3,343 | Gross: $20.39M

20. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 88,828 | Gross: $1.87M

21. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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74 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 292,751 | Gross: $108.64M

22. Poldark (2015– )

60 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.4
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Ross Poldark returns home after American Revolutionary War and rebuilds his life with a new business venture, making new enemies and finding a new love where he least expects it.

Stars: Aidan Turner, Eleanor Tomlinson, Heida Reed, Tristan Sturrock

Votes: 9,084

23. The Tudors (2007–2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

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A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain

Votes: 51,106

24. Deadwood (2004–2006)

TV-MA | 55 min | Crime, Drama, History

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A show set in the late 1800s, revolving around the characters of Deadwood, South Dakota; a town of deep corruption and crime.

Stars: Timothy Olyphant, Ian McShane, Molly Parker, Brad Dourif

Votes: 65,626

25. Silence (I) (2016)

195 min | Drama, History | Post-production

In the seventeenth century, two Jesuit priests face violence and persecution when they travel to Japan to locate their mentor and propagate Christianity.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Liam Neeson, Adam Driver, Andrew Garfield, Ciarán Hinds

26. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.0
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47 Metascore

A recounting of a New England whaling ship's sinking by a giant whale in 1820, an experience that later inspired the great novel Moby-Dick.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Brendan Gleeson, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 72,787 | Gross: $24.99M

27. The 33 (2015)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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55 Metascore

Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.

Director: Patricia Riggen | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Rodrigo Santoro, Juliette Binoche, James Brolin

Votes: 21,505 | Gross: $12.19M

28. 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, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

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

Votes: 738,619 | Gross: $75.60M

29. Suffragette (2015)

PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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67 Metascore

The foot soldiers of the early feminist movement, women who were forced underground to pursue a dangerous game of cat and mouse with an increasingly brutal State.

Director: Sarah Gavron | Stars: Carey Mulligan, Anne-Marie Duff, Helena Bonham Carter, Meryl Streep

Votes: 21,136 | Gross: $4.69M

30. Another Period (2015– )

21 min | Comedy, History

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When Lillian's gay husband and Beatrice's bisexual husband fall in love with each other, Lillian and Beatrice vow to find a way to get divorced and famous, lofty goals for Edwardian women.

Stars: Michael Ian Black, Natasha Leggero, Riki Lindhome, Armen Weitzman

Votes: 2,672

31. Versailles (2015– )

52 min | Biography, Drama, History

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In 1667, 28-year-old all-powerful king of France, Louis XIV, decides to build the greatest palace in the world - Versailles. But drained budget, affairs and political intrigues complicate things.

Stars: George Blagden, Alexander Vlahos, Tygh Runyan, Stuart Bowman

Votes: 2,671

32. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

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78 Metascore

A San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac killer.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 302,486 | Gross: $33.05M

33. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

7.1
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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: 207,999 | Gross: $113.33M

34. Velvet (2013– )

43 min | Drama, History

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Alberto (Miguel Ángel Silvestre) has been left to run a store called Velvet, one of the most prestigious fashion stores in Spain, by his late father. Velvet is a Spanish television series (... See full summary »

Stars: Paula Echevarría, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Aitana Sánchez-Gijón, Manuela Velasco

Votes: 1,499

35. Rome (2005–2007)

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

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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: 113,671

36. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.4
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95 Metascore

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.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 216,470 | Gross: $95.72M

37. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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97 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: 440,947 | Gross: $56.67M

38. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

6.1
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44 Metascore

Pearl Harbor follows the story of two best friends, Rafe and Danny, and their love lives as they go off to join the war.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 254,684 | Gross: $198.54M

39. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.3
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72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 326,561 | Gross: $350.12M

40. Operation Chromite (2016)

110 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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51 Metascore

A squad of soldiers fight in the Korean War's crucial Battle of Incheon.

Director: John H. Lee | Stars: Liam Neeson, Jung-jae Lee, Beom-su Lee, Matthew D'Arcy

Votes: 150 | Gross: $0.74M

41. Argo (2012)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.7
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86 Metascore

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.

Director: Ben Affleck | Stars: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin

Votes: 453,501 | Gross: $136.02M

42. Public Enemies (2009)

R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

7.0
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70 Metascore

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.

Director: Michael Mann | Stars: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Christian Stolte, Jason Clarke

Votes: 231,378 | Gross: $97.03M

43. 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: 217,835 | Gross: $47.40M

44. Apollo 13 (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.6
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77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 209,238 | Gross: $172.07M

45. Pan Am (2011–2012)

42 min | Drama, History

6.9
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Period drama about the pilots and flight attendants who once made Pan Am the most glamorous way to fly.

Stars: Christina Ricci, Margot Robbie, Michael Mosley, Karine Vanasse

Votes: 16,976

46. King Arthur (2004)

R | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.3
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46 Metascore

A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.

Director: Antoine Fuqua | Stars: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley, Ioan Gruffudd

Votes: 136,735 | Gross: $51.88M

47. Last Days in the Desert (2015)

PG-13 | 98 min | Adventure, Drama, History

5.7
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67 Metascore

An imagined chapter from Jesus' forty days of fasting and praying in the desert. On his way out of the wilderness, Jesus struggles with the Devil over the fate of a family in crisis.

Director: Rodrigo García | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Ciarán Hinds, Tye Sheridan, Ayelet Zurer

Votes: 1,158

48. Patriots Day (2016)

Drama, History, Thriller | Post-production

An account of Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis's actions in the events leading up to the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists behind it.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Melissa Benoist, Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, Kevin Bacon

49. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)

R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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67 Metascore

Twenty-four male students out of seventy-five were selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.

Director: Kyle Patrick Alvarez | Stars: Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Billy Crudup, Olivia Thirlby

Votes: 16,527 | Gross: $0.64M

50. War & Peace (2016 TV Mini-Series)

TV-14 | Drama, History, Romance

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As the Russian conflict with Napoleon reaches its peak, five aristocratic families face the possibility of their lives being changed forever.

Stars: Paul Dano, James Norton, Lily James, Adrian Edmondson

Votes: 9,426