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: Gustaf Skarsgård, Katheryn Winnick, Alexander Ludwig, Travis Fimmel

Votes: 219,146

2. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Drama, History

7.7
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79 Metascore

Two priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor and propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 9,527 | Gross: $0.86M

3. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 52 min | Drama, History

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The early reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom is portrayed.

Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby, Jeremy Northam

Votes: 22,457

4. Patriots Day (2016)

R | 133 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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69 Metascore

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman

Votes: 7,022 | Gross: $14.68M

5. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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71 Metascore

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 50,057 | Gross: $65.09M

6. The Founder (2016)

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

7.3
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65 Metascore

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' fast food eatery, McDonald's, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 2,059

7. Medici: Masters of Florence (2016– )

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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A political, family drama set in Florence in the early 16th century. Cosimo de' Medici finds himself at the helm of his supremely wealthy, banking dynasty family, when his father, Giovanni dies suddenly.

Stars: Richard Madden, Stuart Martin, Annabel Scholey, Guido Caprino

Votes: 3,431

8. 13 Hours (2016)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

7.3
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48 Metascore

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

Votes: 66,771 | Gross: $52.82M

9. Victoria (2016– )

60 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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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 Flemming, Adrian Schiller

Votes: 4,555

10. 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: 225,065 | Gross: $70.24M

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

TV-MA | 594 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: 246,659

12. 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: 4,111

13. 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, Millie Brady, David Dawson

Votes: 22,187

14. 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, Jack Farthing, Heida Reed

Votes: 11,893

15. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

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: 241,416 | Gross: $44.99M

16. 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: 179,257

17. 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: 901,065 | Gross: $96.07M

18. Six (2017 TV Mini-Series)

60 min | Action, Drama, History

6.6
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Navy SEAL Team Six attempt to eliminate a Taliban leader in Afghanistan when they discover an American citizen working with the enemy.

Stars: Barry Sloane, Kyle Schmid, Juan Pablo Raba, Edwin Hodge

Votes: 157

19. 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: 39,492 | Gross: $27.55M

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: 101,143 | Gross: $1.87M

21. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.0
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69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 9,085 | Gross: $15.86M

22. The Lost City of Z (2016)

R | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

7.7
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79 Metascore

Based on David Grann's best-selling book of the same name, The Lost City of Z is the true-life drama which centers on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Sienna Miller, Charlie Hunnam, Tom Holland, Robert Pattinson

Votes: 233

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

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

Votes: 764,922 | Gross: $75.60M

24. The Tudors (2007–2010)

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

8.1
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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: 52,841

25. 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: 44,131

26. Free State of Jones (2016)

R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.9
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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: 23,916 | Gross: $20.76M

27. Anthropoid (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller

7.3
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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: 17,129 | Gross: $2.96M

28. 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: 465,554 | Gross: $56.67M

29. Pearl Harbor (2001)

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

6.1
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44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

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

Votes: 261,842 | Gross: $198.54M

30. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)

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

6.9
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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: 84,674 | Gross: $24.99M

31. 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: 132,496 | Gross: $161.03M

32. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

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

8.6
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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: 140,650

33. 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: 68,513

34. 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: 147,825 | Gross: $43.25M

35. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

7.7
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74 Metascore

160 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: 300,871 | Gross: $108.64M

36. 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: 203,937 | Gross: $72.31M

37. There Will Be Blood (2007)

R | 158 min | Drama, History

8.1
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92 Metascore

A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.

Director: Paul Thomas Anderson | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Paul Dano, Ciarán Hinds, Martin Stringer

Votes: 389,161 | Gross: $40.22M

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: 340,934 | Gross: $350.12M

39. 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: 468,322 | Gross: $136.02M

40. Viking (2016)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

5.4
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Kievan Rus, late 10th century. After the death of his father, the young Viking prince Vladimir of Novgorod is forced into exile across the frozen sea.

Director: Andrey Kravchuk | Stars: Anton Adasinsky, Aleksandr Armer, Vilen Babichev, Rostislav Bershauer

Votes: 602

41. 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: 118,717

42. Cleopatra (1963)

Approved | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

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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: 22,368 | Gross: $57.75M

43. 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: 222,123 | Gross: $95.72M

44. 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: 140,119 | Gross: $3.90M

45. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

7.7
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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

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

Votes: 317,693 | Gross: $33.05M

46. 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: 281,847 | Gross: $51.60M

47. 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: 215,491 | Gross: $172.07M

48. The Hurt Locker (2008)

R | 131 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.6
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94 Metascore

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jeremy Renner, Anthony Mackie, Brian Geraghty, Guy Pearce

Votes: 342,996 | Gross: $15.70M

49. 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: 98,308 | Gross: $56.51M

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

TV-14 | 379 min | 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: 11,399