Highest Rated History Feature Films With At Least 1000 Votes


1. Aloko Udapadi (2017)

113 min | History

9.8
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Aloko Udapadi (Light Arose) is an Epic Film of the unswerving human effort, to record for all time, a unique spiritual heritage. In 89 BC, King Walagamba of Sinhala kingdom (present day Sri... See full summary »

Director: Chathra Weeraman | Stars: Uddika Premarathna, Dihani Ashokamala Ekanayake, Roshan Ravindra, Menaka Peiris

Votes: 6,003

2. Tosun Pasa (1976)

90 min | Comedy, History

9.1
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Late 19th century in Alexandria. Two traditionally rival Turkish families, "Seferoglu"s and "Tellioglu"s are competing for the "Green Valley". The winner will be determined by Daver Bey, ... See full summary »

Director: Kartal Tibet | Stars: Kemal Sunal, Müjde Ar, Adile Nasit, Sener Sen

Votes: 16,775

3. 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: 959,422 | Gross: $96.07M

4. Coriolanus (2014)

192 min | Drama, History, War

8.8
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Caius Martius Coriolanus is a war hero, banished from his home, seeking to come back.

Director: Tim Van Someren | Stars: Tom Hiddleston, Mark Gatiss, Hadley Fraser, Jacqueline Boatswain

Votes: 1,107

5. Al-risâlah (1976)

207 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.8
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The story of prophet "Muhammad" and the delivery of the message of God "Allah."

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Abdallah Gheith, Mouna Wasef, Hamdy Gheith, Ali Achmed Taram

Votes: 3,293

6. The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer (1961)

Not Rated | 190 min | Drama, History, War

8.8
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His ideals challenged by life as a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist faces ever greater tests in his fight for survival.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Tamao Nakamura, Yûsuke Kawazu

Votes: 3,328

7. Harakiri (1962)

Not Rated | 133 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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An elder ronin samurai arrives at a feudal lord's home and requests an honorable place to commit suicide. But when the ronin inquires about a younger samurai who arrived before him things take an unexpected turn.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Ishihama, Shima Iwashita, Tetsurô Tanba

Votes: 21,357

8. Lepa sela lepo gore (1996)

115 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.7
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At the Belgrade army hospital, casualties of Bosnian civil war are treated. In the hospital they remember their youth and the war. Two young boys, Halil, a Muslim, and Milan, a Serb, have ... See full summary »

Director: Srdjan Dragojevic | Stars: Dragan Bjelogrlic, Nikola Kojo, Dragan Maksimovic, Zoran Cvijanovic

Votes: 11,994

9. Black Friday (2004)

Not Rated | 143 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.6
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76 Metascore

Black Friday is a film about the investigations following the 1993 serial Bombay bomb blasts, told through the different stories of the people involved --police, conspirators, victims, middlemen.

Director: Anurag Kashyap | Stars: Kay Kay Menon, Pavan Malhotra, Aditya Srivastava, Dibyendu Bhattacharya

Votes: 13,231 | Gross: $0.03M

10. Oru Vadakkan Veeragatha (1989)

168 min | Action, Drama, History

8.6
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The film offers an alternative version of the epic battle between two legendary Chekavars from the villain's perspective.

Director: T. Hariharan | Stars: Mammootty, Suresh Gopi, Balan K. Nair, Madhavi

Votes: 1,903

11. The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity (II) (1959)

Not Rated | 181 min | Drama, History, War

8.5
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As a conscript in war-time Japan's military, a pacifist struggles to maintain his determination to keep his ideals.

Director: Masaki Kobayashi | Stars: Tatsuya Nakadai, Michiyo Aratama, Kokinji Katsura, Jun Tatara

Votes: 3,364

12. Punjab 1984 (2014)

159 min | Drama, Family, History

8.5
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Story of a mother and her search for her missing son

Director: Anurag Singh | Stars: Diljit Dosanjh, Kiron Kher, Pavan Malhotra, Sonam Bajwa

Votes: 1,450

13. Mars na Drinu (1964)

107 min | Action, Drama, History

8.5
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One Serbian army battery in the First World War, in forced march with no stopping and rest, arrives to Cer Mountain, and, in decisive moment, enters the fight and throws off Austrian troops... See full summary »

Director: Zivorad 'Zika' Mitrovic | Stars: Aleksandar Gavric, Ljuba Tadic, Nikola Jovanovic, Vladimir Popovic

Votes: 1,090

14. Matir moina (2002)

95 min | Drama, History

8.5
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75 Metascore

A family must come to grips with its culture, its faith, and the brutal political changes entering its small-town world.

Director: Tareque Masud | Stars: Nurul Islam Bablu, Russell Farazi, Jayanto Chattopadhyay, Rokeya Prachy

Votes: 3,231

15. Kurmanjan datka (2014)

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

8.5
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The relevant epic story of the strong-willed, courageous and independent woman before her time, Kurmanjan, who is revered to this day for her diplomacy for saving her nation from complete destruction when the Russians invaded.

Director: Sadyk Sher-Niyaz | Stars: Elina Abai Kyzy, Nasira Mambetova, Aziz Muradillayev, Adilet Usubaliyev

Votes: 3,190

16. 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: 809,535 | Gross: $75.60M

17. Lion of the Desert (1980)

PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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In the Fascist Italy Pre-World War II of Benito Mussolini, the cruel General Rodolfo Graziani is directly assigned by Il Duce to fight in the colonial war in Libya to vanquish the Arab ... See full summary »

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Oliver Reed, Rod Steiger, Irene Papas

Votes: 11,118

18. Michael the Brave (1970)

203 min | Action, Biography, Drama

8.4
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At the end of the 16th century Wallachian ruler Prince Michael the Brave overcame the adversity of the Ottoman and Austrian Empires to unite Wallachia, Moldavia and Transylvania into one country.

Director: Sergiu Nicolaescu | Stars: Amza Pellea, Ion Besoiu, Olga Tudorache, Irina Gardescu

Votes: 5,673

19. Harishchandrachi Factory (2009)

96 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.4
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In 1913 India's cinema industry is born from Dadasaheb Phalke's efforts to make Raja Harishchandra (1913), India's first feature-length B&W silent film.

Director: Paresh Mokashi | Stars: Nandu Madhav, Vibhawari Deshpande, Atharva Karve, Mohit Gokhale

Votes: 1,527

20. A zori zdes tikhie (1972)

PG-13 | 188 min | Drama, History, War

8.4
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During WWII in a small village outpost, a commander has his troop replaced by an all female unit. As they finally begin to appreciate one another, German paratroopers are spotted nearby and the realities of war emerge.

Director: Stanislav Rostotskiy | Stars: Andrey Martynov, Irina Dolganova, Elena Drapeko, Ekaterina Markova

Votes: 2,643

21. Lúdas Matyi (1977)

70 min | Animation, Comedy, History

8.4
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Director: Attila Dargay | Stars: András Kern, Péter Geszti, László Csákányi, Gábor Agárdi

Votes: 1,384

22. Chaar Sahibzaade (2014)

Unrated | 135 min | Animation, History

8.4
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The sacrifices of the four sons of Guru Gobind Singh ji (tenth guru of Sikhs) - Baba Ajit Singh ji, Baba Jujhar Singh ji, Baba Zorawar Singh ji and Baba Fateh Singh ji.

Director: Harry Baweja | Stars: Om Puri, Harman Baweja

Votes: 7,271

23. Dunkirk (2017)

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

8.3
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 227,187 | Gross: $187.04M

24. 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: 299,800 | Gross: $51.97M

25. 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: 213,358 | Gross: $44.82M

26. Downfall (2004)

R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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82 Metascore

Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.

Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel | Stars: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes, Juliane Köhler

Votes: 273,033 | Gross: $5.51M

27. Rang De Basanti (2006)

Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama, History

8.3
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This story is about six friends who help an English filmmaker create a documentary about Indian freedom struggle. During filming, this group of friends learn about those before them and the importance of fighting for their rights.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Aamir Khan, Soha Ali Khan, Siddharth, Sharman Joshi

Votes: 84,642 | Gross: $2.20M

28. Talvar (2015)

Not Rated | 132 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.3
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An experienced investigator confronts several conflicting theories about the perpetrators of a violent double homicide.

Director: Meghna Gulzar | Stars: Irrfan Khan, Konkona Sen Sharma, Neeraj Kabi, Sohum Shah

Votes: 19,849 | Gross: $0.34M

29. Andrei Rublev (1966)

Not Rated | 205 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The life, times and afflictions of the fifteenth-century Russian iconographer.

Director: Andrei Tarkovsky | Stars: Anatoliy Solonitsyn, Ivan Lapikov, Nikolay Grinko, Nikolay Sergeev

Votes: 28,352

30. The Message (1976)

PG | 177 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

8.3
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In the 7th century, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God. But they're exiled in Medina before returning to ... See full summary »

Director: Moustapha Akkad | Stars: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka

Votes: 37,050

31. To Live (1994)

Not Rated | 133 min | Drama, History, War

8.3
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After Fugui and Jiazhen lose their personal fortunes, they raise a family and survive difficult cultural changes during 1940s to 1970s China.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: You Ge, Li Gong, Ben Niu, Wu Jiang

Votes: 12,747 | Gross: $2.33M

32. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)

Not Rated | 186 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The truth behind the ascension of Milkha "The Flying Sikh" Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra | Stars: Farhan Akhtar, Sonam Kapoor, Pavan Malhotra, Art Malik

Votes: 48,025 | Gross: $1.63M

33. Yang guang can lan de ri zi (1994)

134 min | Drama, History

8.3
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A story of four teenagers during Cultural Revolution in Beijing.

Director: Wen Jiang | Stars: Yu Xia, Xiaogang Feng, Le Geng, Dong Han

Votes: 2,793

34. Montevideo, Bog te video! (2010)

140 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

8.3
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A story about one team that decides to follow a dream that takes them on a journey to the First World Football Championship in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1930. A dream that allows them to become true stars and living legends.

Director: Dragan Bjelogrlic | Stars: Milos Bikovic, Petar Strugar, Nina Jankovic, Danina Jeftic

Votes: 9,616

35. Rembetiko (1983)

110 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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The story of a group of Rembetes, singers and musicians of the Greek equivalent to the blues, in the early decades of the 20th century, seen through the eyes of a young female singer.

Director: Costas Ferris | Stars: Sotiria Leonardou, Nikos Kalogeropoulos, Michalis Maniatis, Themis Bazaka

Votes: 2,168

36. Selam: Bahara Yolculuk (2015)

126 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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Follows a young teacher from Turkey whose goal is to establish a school in Kyrgyzstan.

Director: Hamdi Alkan | Stars: Miktibek Apazov, Aslihan Güner, Gürol Güngör, Merve Sevi

Votes: 4,036

37. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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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: 268,011 | Gross: $67.12M

38. 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: 236,147 | Gross: $198.68M

39. The Great Escape (1963)

Not Rated | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History

8.2
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Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.

Director: John Sturges | Stars: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, Charles Bronson

Votes: 182,282

40. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)

Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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In 1431, Jeanne d'Arc is placed on trial on charges of heresy. The ecclesiastical jurists attempt to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.

Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer | Stars: Maria Falconetti, Eugene Silvain, André Berley, Maurice Schutz

Votes: 30,625

41. Airlift (2016)

Not Rated | 130 min | Drama, History, Thriller

8.2
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When Iraq invades Kuwait in August, 1990, a callous Indian businessman becomes the spokesperson for more than 170,000 stranded countrymen.

Director: Raja Menon | Stars: Akshay Kumar, Nimrat Kaur, Kumud Mishra, Prakash Belawadi

Votes: 41,898

42. Z (1969)

PG | 127 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.2
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Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

Director: Costa-Gavras | Stars: Yves Montand, Irene Papas, Jean-Louis Trintignant, François Périer

Votes: 19,321 | Gross: $0.08M

43. Inherit the Wind (1960)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.2
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Based on a real-life case in 1925, two great lawyers argue the case for and against a science teacher accused of the crime of teaching evolution.

Director: Stanley Kramer | Stars: Spencer Tracy, Fredric March, Gene Kelly, Dick York

Votes: 22,513

44. Raise the Red Lantern (1991)

PG | 125 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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A young woman becomes the fourth wife of a wealthy lord, and must learn to live with the strict rules and tensions within the household.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Li Gong, Jingwu Ma, Saifei He, Cuifen Cao

Votes: 22,744 | Gross: $2.60M

45. Marketa Lazarová (1967)

Not Rated | 162 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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A minor Czech clan falls afoul of the King in medieval times, against the backdrop of Christianity replacing Paganism.

Director: Frantisek Vlácil | Stars: Josef Kemr, Magda Vásáryová, Nada Hejna, Jaroslav Moucka

Votes: 3,139

46. Siberiade (1979)

206 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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The story about a very small god-forgotten village in Siberia reflects the history of Russia from the beginning of the century till early 80s. Three generations try to find the land of ... See full summary »

Director: Andrey Konchalovskiy | Stars: Nikita Mikhalkov, Vitali Solomin, Sergey Shakurov, Natalya Andreychenko

Votes: 1,532

47. Chikamatsu monogatari (1954)

102 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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Ishun is a wealthy, but unsympathetic, master printer who has wrongly accused his wife and best employee of being lovers. To escape punishment, the accused run away together, but Ishun is certain to be ruined if word gets out.

Director: Kenji Mizoguchi | Stars: Kazuo Hasegawa, Kyôko Kagawa, Eitarô Shindô, Eitarô Ozawa

Votes: 2,595

48. Obecná skola (1991)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

8.2
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The time is 1945-46. 10 year old Eda and his friend Tonda live in a small village outside Prague. In school, their class is so wild and indisciplined that their teacher quits and is ... See full summary »

Director: Jan Sverák | Stars: Jan Tríska, Zdenek Sverák, Libuse Safránková, Rudolf Hrusínský

Votes: 2,187

49. Povodyr (2014)

122 min | Drama, History

8.2
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American boy Peter and blind minstrel Ivan are thrown together by fate amidst the turbulent mid-1930s Soviet Ukraine.

Director: Oles Sanin | Stars: Stanislav Boklan, Jeff Burrell, Anton Sviatoslav Greene, Andriy Haddad

Votes: 2,025

50. Kanche (2015)

126 min | Drama, History, Romance

8.2
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A rivalry between two men, based on caste and social status, extends from an Indian village to war torn Europe during WW2.

Director: Krish Jagarlamudi | Stars: Varun Tej, Pragya Jaiswal, Srinivas Avasarala, Nikitin Dheer

Votes: 1,660