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: 199,826

2. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.8
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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: 9,821 | Gross: $20.76M

3. Victoria (2016 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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The early life of Queen Victoria, from her accession to the throne at the tender age of 18 through to her courtship and marriage to Prince Albert.

Stars: Jenna Coleman, Daniela Holtz, Catherine H. Flemming, Adrian Schiller

Votes: 1,462

4. The Promise (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 134 min | Drama, History

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40 Metascore

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Charlotte Le Bon, Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, Angela Sarafyan

Votes: 85,661

5. Poldark (2015– )

60 min | Drama, History, Romance

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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, Heida Reed, Tristan Sturrock, Jack Farthing

Votes: 9,702

6. Dunkirk (2017)

Action, Drama, History | Post-production

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, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance

7. 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: 195,780 | Gross: $70.24M

8. 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: 31,282 | Gross: $27.55M

9. 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: 234,481

10. 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: 208,842 | Gross: $44.99M

11. 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: 744,380 | Gross: $75.60M

12. 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: 91,895 | Gross: $1.87M

13. 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: 41,103

14. 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: 19,809

15. 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: 174,773

16. All the Way (2016 TV Movie)

TV-14 | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

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Lyndon Johnson becomes the President of the United States in the chaotic aftermath of John F. Kennedy's assassination and spends his first year in office fighting to pass the Civil Rights Act.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Melissa Leo, Anthony Mackie, Bradley Whitford

Votes: 5,840

17. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

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

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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: 76,377 | Gross: $24.99M

18. 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: 875,041 | Gross: $96.07M

19. 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: 124,382 | Gross: $161.03M

20. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell (2015– )

60 min | Fantasy, History

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With magic long since lost to England, two men are destined to bring it back; the reclusive Mr. Norrell and daring novice Jonathan Strange. So begins a dangerous battle between two great minds.

Stars: Bertie Carvel, Eddie Marsan, Marc Warren, Charlotte Riley

Votes: 7,617

21. Everest (2015)

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

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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: 138,935 | Gross: $43.25M

22. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

7.6
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59 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: 1,849 | Gross: $2.96M

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: 51,480

24. 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: 137,089

25. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

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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: 446,597 | Gross: $56.67M

26. Capsule (2015)

91 min | Drama, History, Sci-Fi

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Guy is an experienced British fighter pilot who is in command of Britain's first manned mission to space. He has trained for this for three years at the height of the Cold War and now he is... See full summary »

Director: Andrew Martin | Stars: Edmund Kingsley, Lisa Greenwood, David Wayman, Nigel Barber

Votes: 985

27. 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: 185,529 | Gross: $72.31M

28. Roots (2016 TV Mini-Series)

Drama, History

7.8
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An adaptation of Alex Haley's "Roots", chronicling the history of an African slave sold to America and his descendants.

Stars: Herbert Cavalier Jr., Jonathan Ray, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Malachi Kirby

Votes: 3,685

29. 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: 209,267 | Gross: $113.33M

30. Deadwood (2004–2006)

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

8.7
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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: 66,321

31. Finding Altamira (2016)

97 min | Drama, History

6.0
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60 Metascore

Life and events of the man who realized one of the most important discoveries of the 19th century: Altamira's caves.

Director: Hugh Hudson | Stars: Clément Sibony, Rupert Everett, Javivi, Irene Escolar

Votes: 424

32. 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: 1,613

33. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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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: 306,219 | Gross: $33.05M

34. 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: 114,879

35. 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: Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Andrew Garfield, Ciarán Hinds

36. 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: 294,823 | Gross: $108.64M

37. 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: 2,904

38. 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: 329,764 | Gross: $350.12M

39. 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

40. Cleopatra (1963)

Approved | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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Historical epic. The triumphs and tragedy of the Egyptian queen, Cleopatra.

Directors: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, Darryl F. Zanuck | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 21,791 | Gross: $57.75M

41. 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: 218,043 | Gross: $95.72M

42. The Collection (2016– )

60 min | Drama, History, Romance

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A gripping family drama and entrepreneurial fable, set in a post-war Paris fashion house. It exposes the grit behind the glamour of a rising business, spearheaded by two clashing brothers.

Stars: Richard Coyle, Mamie Gummer, Tom Riley, Alix Poisson

Votes: 126

43. Indian Summers (2015 TV Mini-Series)

Drama, History

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Drama set in 1932 during the final years of British colonial rule in India.

Stars: Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Jemima West, Julie Walters, Rick Warden

Votes: 1,907

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

TV-14 | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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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: 9,893

45. The Pacific (2010 TV Mini-Series)

TV-MA | 530 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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The intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.

Stars: James Badge Dale, Joseph Mazzello, Jon Seda, Sebastian Bertoli

Votes: 69,389

46. 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: 456,564 | Gross: $136.02M

47. Pablo Escobar: El Patrón del Mal (2012 TV Mini-Series)

TV-MA | Biography, Crime, Drama

8.7
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The exploits of the notorious drug lord, Pablo Escobar.

Stars: Andrés Parra, Leonardo Acosta, Jimmy Vasquez, David Guerrero

Votes: 1,640

48. 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: 96,082 | Gross: $56.51M

49. Robin Hood (2010)

PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

6.7
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53 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Matthew Macfadyen, Max von Sydow

Votes: 213,192 | Gross: $105.22M

50. Medici: Masters of Florence (2016– )

60 min | Drama, History, Thriller | Post-production

A political, family drama set in Florence in the early 15th century. Cosimo de' Medici finds himself at the helm of his supremely wealthy, banking dynasty family, when his father, Giovanni dies suddenly.

Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Guido Caprino, Giorgio Caputo, Richard Madden