Unknown Wars and rare historical Periods

by Pepper Baggins | created - 07 Apr 2015 | updated - 1 month ago | Public

Wars and historical epocs which are rarely to be found in films..Everybody knows about World War 2 or US Civil War.But this is a try to list the seldomly focussed parts of history.

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1. The Liberator (2013)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

51 Metascore

Simon Bolivar fought over 100 battles against the Spanish Empire in South America. He rode over 70,000 miles on horseback. His military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. His army never conquered -- it liberated.

Director: Alberto Arvelo | Stars: Edgar Ramírez, Erich Wildpret, María Valverde, Juana Acosta

Votes: 4,450 | Gross: $0.11M

The south-american Revolutions between the end of the napoleonic wars and the mid-19th Century.In this case it is about Simon Bolivar,leader of many uprisings and successful Revolutions in South America.

2. Michael Collins (1996)

R | 133 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

60 Metascore

Neil Jordan's historical biopic of Irish revolutionary Michael Collins, the man who led a guerrilla war against the UK, helped negotiate the creation of the Irish Free State, and led the National Army during the Irish Civil War.

Director: Neil Jordan | Stars: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart

Votes: 26,832 | Gross: $11.09M

The Irish Easter Riots in Dublin in 1916,which led to the founding of the IRA and finally to the independence of Ireland.

3. Cinco de Mayo, La Batalla (2013)

R | 125 min | Drama, History, War

On May 5th, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world's largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico.

Director: Rafa Lara | Stars: Christian Vazquez, Angélica Aragón, Liz Gallardo, Kuno Becker

Votes: 786 | Gross: $0.17M

This is about the French/Belgian intervention in the so called "Mexican Adventure" between 1861 and 1867

4. The King's Whore (1990)

R | 115 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set in the seventeenth century, an Italian nobleman weds an impoverished countess, who is wooed by the King of Piedmont and faces pressure from his entire court to succumb to his wishes.

Director: Axel Corti | Stars: Timothy Dalton, Valeria Golino, Stéphane Freiss, Robin Renucci

Votes: 686

The Age of Baroque,in itself seldom shown in movies.Here we have a scenery during the Spanish War of Succession from 1701 to 1714

5. Yurusarezaru mono (2013)

135 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Just as Clint Eastwood's star-making spaghetti Western A Fistful of Dollars was inspired by Akira Kurosawa's Yojimbo, Japanese-Korean filmmaker Sang-il Lee (Villain) has decided to ... See full summary »

Director: Sang-il Lee | Stars: Ken Watanabe, Jun Kunimura, Shioli Kutsuna, Yûya Yagira

Votes: 1,825

The Meiji Era in Japan,from 1867 to World War One.

6. The Wind and the Lion (1975)

PG | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

In early 20th century Morocco, a Sharif kidnaps an American woman and her children, forcing President Theodore Roosevelt to send in forces to conduct a rescue mission.

Director: John Milius | Stars: Sean Connery, Candice Bergen, Brian Keith, John Huston

Votes: 7,286

The German/French Inervention in Morocco in 1904,referring to the Pedecaris-Case,the Kidnapping of a US Citizen.

7. The Cut (I) (2014)

Not Rated | 138 min | Adventure, Drama, History

56 Metascore

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Makram Khoury, Hindi Zahra

Votes: 4,545 | Gross: $0.03M

The Armenian Genocide and tragedy,led by the Ottoman Empire in and after WWI

8. Lion of the Desert (1980)

PG | 173 min | Biography, Drama, History

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: 11,888

The Italian Invasion of Libya in the 1920s

9. The Water Diviner (2014)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, War

50 Metascore

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Director: Russell Crowe | Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas

Votes: 64,534 | Gross: $4.19M

May WWI be portrayed in Films very often,but here we see,in Addition,the Greek-Turkish War directly after the End of WWI

10. Die Seelen im Feuer (2014 TV Movie)

110 min | Drama

Bamberg 1630. The era of witch-hunting. The surgeon professor Cornelius (Mark Waschke) returns from Vienna, where he is a renowned physician, to his homeland. He is soon forced to face the ... See full summary »

Director: Urs Egger | Stars: Mark Waschke, Paulus Manker, Alexander Held, Maximilian von Pufendorf

Votes: 124

The Thirty Years War in Europe,mainly in Germany,from 1618 to 1648

11. Coup de Grâce (1976)

Not Rated | 97 min | Drama, War

A countess' unrequited love for an army officer leads to disaster.

Director: Volker Schlöndorff | Stars: Matthias Habich, Margarethe von Trotta, Rüdiger Kirschstein, Marc Eyraud

Votes: 994

After the End of WWI polish and baltic troops tried to invade defeated Germany,but German Freikorps stopped them.

12. Das goldene Ufer (2015 TV Movie)

104 min | Romance

Vormärz in Germany: Gisela and Walther, a maid and a servant - a predestined path of life, which Gisela rebels against. Her free-thinking spirit puts her in great danger. Is Walther going to join her on this dangerous path?

Director: Christoph Schrewe | Stars: Volker Bruch, Miriam Stein, Walter Sittler, Trystan Pütter

Votes: 66

German Vormärz between the End of Napoleonic Wars and the German Revolution of 1848

13. 55 Days at Peking (1963)

Unrated | 154 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

During the 1900 Boxer Rebellion against foreigners in China, U.S. Marine Major Matt Lewis, aided by British Consul Sir Arthur Robertson, devises a strategy to keep the rebels at bay until an international military relief force arrives.

Directors: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green | Stars: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Flora Robson

Votes: 5,221

The Boxer Rebellion in Peking and parts of China in 1900

14. Alatriste (2006)

145 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Viggo Mortensen plays the Spanish soldier-turned-mercenary Captain Alatriste, a heroic figure from the country's 17th century imperial wars.

Director: Agustín Díaz Yanes | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Elena Anaya, Unax Ugalde, Eduard Fernández

Votes: 11,268

The 80 Years war,also called the Dutch Rebellion between 1580 and 1648,the Struggle for Dutch independence

15. O Theos agapaei to haviari (2012)

TV-14 | 101 min | Adventure, Biography, History

God Loves Caviar is the compelling story of IOANNIS VARVAKIS, and his journey from humble Greek pirate to international caviar millionaire, with the ear of Catherine the Great of Russia. ... See full summary »

Director: Yannis Smaragdis | Stars: Sebastian Koch, Evgeniy Stychkin, Juan Diego Botto, Olga Sutulova

Votes: 2,239

The Greek Revolution against the Ottoman Empire in the 1820s.

16. Black Robe (1991)

R | 101 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A young Jesuit priest seeks to convert the Indian tribes in Canada while also trying to survive the harsh winter.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Lothaire Bluteau, Aden Young, Sandrine Holt, August Schellenberg

Votes: 5,820 | Gross: $8.21M

The Christianization of the North American Indians in th 17th Century

17. Der stille Berg (2014)

Not Rated | 94 min | Adventure, Drama, History

A young Austrian soldier in World War I fights his way through the Alps to rescue his first love and escape the impending explosion that will rock the mountain.

Director: Ernst Gossner | Stars: William Moseley, Eugenia Costantini, Claudia Cardinale, Emily Cox

Votes: 485

In the often inscened WWI the South Austrian/North Italian Alpes-Front in the Dolomites is rarely the Subject.But here it is.

18. Ironclad: Battle for Blood (2014)

108 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

22 Metascore

A survivor of the Great Siege of Rochester Castle fights to save his clan from Celtic raiders. A sequel to the 2011 film, "Ironclad."

Director: Jonathan English | Stars: Roxanne McKee, Michelle Fairley, Tom Austen, Rosie Day

Votes: 2,159

Focuses on the Scottish Border-Reivers against the English Occupation in 15th and 16th Century.

19. Das Spinnennetz (1989)

196 min | Drama

Ulrich Mühe plays a German businessman who was born completely without scruples. This makes him an eminently suitable candidate for success in the chaotic years after World War I. The ... See full summary »

Director: Bernhard Wicki | Stars: Ulrich Mühe, Klaus Maria Brandauer, Armin Mueller-Stahl, Andrea Jonasson

Votes: 190

The German Freikorps,Revolution and the so called Republic of Weimar between WWI End and WWII Start.

20. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 39,624 | Gross: $1.55M

The Danish Royal Court and the Danish occupied Northern Germany in late 18th Century.

21. Sauna (2008)

Unrated | 83 min | Horror

As a 25-year war between Russia and Sweden concludes, two brothers who are part of an effort to outline new border accords become undone by their actions, and their mistreatment of a young woman during their journey.

Director: Antti-Jussi Annila | Stars: Ville Virtanen, Tommi Eronen, Viktor Klimenko, Rain Tolk

Votes: 6,221

The Russo-Finnish War in the 16th Century.

22. Flukt (2012)

Not Rated | 78 min | Action, History, Thriller

Signe, spared from death to produce a child, befriends a little girl, Frigg, and escapes from the camp.

Director: Roar Uthaug | Stars: Isabel Christine Andreasen, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Milla Olin, Tobias Santelmann

Votes: 3,637

May there be a lot of Films on the Medieval Age,but surely not about Scandinavian Middle-Ages,like this one.

23. Dolce far niente (1998)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

This movie depicts the two years that young Stendhal spent in Italy. Stendhal, that time still known simply as Henri Beyle, is living the life of a wanderer, looking for a direction in his ... See full summary »

Director: Nae Caranfil | Stars: François Cluzet, Isabella Ferrari, Margherita Buy, Giancarlo Giannini

Votes: 148

The chaotic political circumstances in the post-napoleonic Duchies,Countdoms and Baronies of Italy.

24. The Day of the Siege: September Eleven 1683 (2012)

R | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In the summer of 1683, 300,000 warriors of the Ottoman Empire began the siege of Vienna. The fall of the city would have opened the way to conquer Europe. On September 11. was the main battle between the Polish cavalry and the Turks.

Director: Renzo Martinelli | Stars: F. Murray Abraham, Enrico Lo Verso, Jerzy Skolimowski, Alicja Bachleda

Votes: 1,438

The Ottoman Siege of Vienna in 1683

25. Utu (1984)

R | 104 min | Adventure, Drama, History

In 1870, a Maori warrior working with the British finds his village massacred, and vows revenge.

Director: Geoff Murphy | Stars: Anzac Wallace, Bruno Lawrence, Tim Elliott, Kelly Johnson

Votes: 761

The Maori Rebellion in New Zealand in mid-1860s

26. Mangal Pandey: The Rising (2005)

150 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is a film about the leader of the 1857 mutiny and his fight against the British rule.

Director: Ketan Mehta | Stars: Aamir Khan, Rani Mukerji, Toby Stephens, Coral Beed

Votes: 8,400 | Gross: $0.87M

The Indian Mutiny against the British Occupants in 1857

27. 1864 (2014)

460 min | Drama, Fantasy, History

When Prussia and Austria declare war on Denmark, two brothers are called to serve in the bloodiest battle in Denmark's history.

Stars: Pilou Asbæk, Sarah-Sofie Boussnina, Bent Mejding, Marie Tourell Søderberg

Votes: 2,751

Prussia's and Austria's War against Denmark in 1864

28. Turetskiy gambit (2005)

208 min | War, Action, Adventure

The film is based on the second book from the Adventures of Erast Petrovich Fandorin series of novels written by the Russian author Boris Akunin. The film takes place in 1877 during the ... See full summary »

Director: Dzhanik Fayziev | Stars: Egor Beroev, Olga Krasko, Marat Basharov, Vladimir Ilin

Votes: 3,719

The Russo-Turkish War in 1877

29. Blackthorn (2011)

R | 102 min | Action, Adventure, Western

61 Metascore

In Bolivia, Butch Cassidy (now calling himself James Blackthorn) pines for one last sight of home, an adventure that aligns him with a young robber and makes the duo a target for gangs and lawmen alike.

Director: Mateo Gil | Stars: Sam Shepard, Eduardo Noriega, Stephen Rea, Magaly Solier

Votes: 8,299 | Gross: $0.20M

Uprisings and Crime in Bolivia in the 1920s

30. Djinns (2010)

103 min | Horror, Mystery

A platoon of French soldiers on a rescue mission in North Africa confront invisible evil creatures.

Directors: Hugues Martin, Sandra Martin | Stars: Grégoire Leprince-Ringuet, Thierry Frémont, Saïd Taghmaoui, Aurélien Wiik

Votes: 786

The French Algerian War in the 1950s and 60s

31. Fetih 1453 (2012)

Not Rated | 162 min | Action, Drama, History

After the death of his father Murat II, Mehmet II ascends to the Ottoman throne. After braving internal and external enemies, he decides to complete what he was destined to do - conquer Constantinople.

Director: Faruk Aksoy | Stars: Devrim Evin, Ibrahim Celikkol, Dilek Serbest, Cengiz Coskun

Votes: 53,960 | Gross: $0.07M

The Fall of Constantinople by the Ottomans in 1453

32. Dracula Untold (2014)

PG-13 | 92 min | Action, Drama, Fantasy

40 Metascore

As his kingdom is being threatened by the Turks, young prince Vlad Tepes must become a monster feared by his own people in order to obtain the power needed to protect his own family, and the families of his kingdom.

Director: Gary Shore | Stars: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Sarah Gadon, Art Parkinson

Votes: 159,550 | Gross: $56.28M

Besides all the Vampire-thing this film deals with the Ottoman Invasion of Transsylvania and Wallachya in the 15th Century.

33. Käsky (2008)

115 min | Drama, Romance, War

There is civil war in Finland. Between whites vs reds. A woman soldier of reds is captured by the whites. She is ordered to be executed.

Director: Aku Louhimies | Stars: Samuel Vauramo, Pihla Viitala, Eero Aho, Eemeli Louhimies

Votes: 1,247

Civial War in Finland after WWI

34. The Horseman on the Roof (1995)

R | 118 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In a time of war and disease, a young officer gallantly tries to help a young woman find her husband.

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Olivier Martinez, Juliette Binoche, Pierre Arditi, François Cluzet

Votes: 5,210 | Gross: $1.88M

French Age of Romantic and the Secret Service Acitivities of Austria in the 1830s

35. Das ewige Lied (1997 TV Movie)

120 min | Drama

A divided village is what country priest Joseph Mohr finds when he arrives at his new parish: a village cut in half by a river that forms a political and more importantly, a social border. ... See full summary »

Director: Franz Xaver Bogner | Stars: Tobias Moretti, Heio von Stetten, Erwin Steinhauer, Michael Mendl

Votes: 114

The Bavarian-Austrian Border in the years after Napoleon Bonaparte

36. Schlafes Bruder (1995)

R | 127 min | Drama, Music, Romance

In the beginning of the 19th century, Johannes Elias Alder is born in a small village in the Austrian mountains. While growing up he is considered strange by the other villagers and ... See full summary »

Director: Joseph Vilsmaier | Stars: André Eisermann, Dana Vávrová, Ben Becker, Jochen Nickel

Votes: 1,435

The Bavarian Alps during Napoleon's Reign.

37. A Dangerous Method (2011)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

A look at how the intense relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud gives birth to psychoanalysis.

Director: David Cronenberg | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, Viggo Mortensen, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 90,570 | Gross: $5.70M

Swiss in the early 20th Century

38. Peter the Great (1986)

371 min | Biography, Drama, History

This is the story of Peter I, Tsar of Russia from 1682, and the constant struggle between him, his sister Sophia and the Streltsy, an important Russian military corp. The story depicts the ... See full summary »

Stars: Maximilian Schell, Vanessa Redgrave, Omar Sharif, Trevor Howard

Votes: 537

The Russo-Swedish War(called "Great" oder "First" Nordic War)at the Beginning of the 18th Century.

39. Night Train to Lisbon (2013)

R | 111 min | Mystery, Romance, Thriller

30 Metascore

Raimund Gregorius, a Swiss Professor, abandons his lectures and buttoned-down life to embark on a thrilling adventure that will take him on a journey to the very heart of himself.

Director: Bille August | Stars: Jeremy Irons, Mélanie Laurent, Jack Huston, Martina Gedeck

Votes: 15,846

The Fascist/Militarist Dictatorship in Portugal in the 1970s.

40. Les caprices d'un fleuve (1996)

111 min | Adventure, Drama

In 1785, Jean-Franois de la Plaine is appointed by the King governor in West Africa, in a period when slavery was the rule.

Director: Bernard Giraudeau | Stars: Bernard Giraudeau, Richard Bohringer, Thierry Frémont, Roland Blanche

Votes: 260

The French in Northern Africa in mid-18th Century

41. De Troon (2010)

Drama, History, Romance

Fate proved even more fickle in the post-feudal era for the Orange-Nassau family on the Dutch royal throne (all styled Willem, 'William') then for its realm. After exile in the French ... See full summary »

Stars: Raymond Thiry, Jeroen Willems, Yorick van Wageningen, Guy Clemens

Votes: 111

Rise and Fall of the Dutch Throne in 18th and 19th Century.

42. Night Sun (1990)

Unrated | 113 min | Drama, Romance

Young nobleman Baron Sergio Giuramondo, after discovering that his bride-to-be was the king's mistress, leaves Naples in disgust to become a monk. But his quest for perfect solitude is ... See full summary »

Directors: Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani | Stars: Julian Sands, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Massimo Bonetti, Margarita Lozano

Votes: 572

The Kingdom of Naples in early 18th Century.

43. La veuve de Saint-Pierre (2000)

R | 112 min | Drama, History, Romance

73 Metascore

In a small French colony, a drunken man kills someone. While a guillotine is being shipped in, he changes, becoming a good and popular man.

Director: Patrice Leconte | Stars: Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil, Emir Kusturica, Michel Duchaussoy

Votes: 5,045 | Gross: $3.06M

French Canada in mid-1840s

44. Eleni (1985)

PG | 114 min | Drama, War

Nick is a writer in New York when he gets posted to a bureau in Greece. He has waited 30 years for this. He wants to know why his mother was killed in the civil war years earlier. In a ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Yates | Stars: Kate Nelligan, John Malkovich, Linda Hunt, Oliver Cotton

Votes: 1,156 | Gross: $0.31M

Greek Civil War after the end of WWII

45. The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Catherine An

Votes: 84,037 | Gross: $8.06M

Chinese Civil War in the 1920s

46. The Sand Pebbles (1966)

PG-13 | 182 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

In 1926, an US naval engineer gets assigned to a gunboat on a rescue mission in war-torn China.

Director: Robert Wise | Stars: Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, Richard Crenna, Candice Bergen

Votes: 11,756

A US gunboat makes its way through Civil War ridden Chinese Provinces in the 1930s

47. In Pursuit of Honor (1995 TV Movie)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, Western

A group of cavalry men defy orders to destroy hundreds of army horses. Having disobeyed a direct order, the men are pursued by the military, but now the bullets aren't just aimed at the ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Olin | Stars: Don Johnson, Craig Sheffer, Gabrielle Anwar, Bob Gunton

Votes: 980

Inside the US-Cavalry during the early 1930s

48. I Am Dina (2002)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

In Northern Norway during the 1860s, a little girl named Dina accidentally causes her mother's death. Overcome with grief, her father refuses to raise her, leaving her in the care of the ... See full summary »

Director: Ole Bornedal | Stars: Maria Bonnevie, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Eccleston, Bjørn Floberg

Votes: 5,028

The Kingdom of Norway in the early 19th Century

49. The Charge of the Light Brigade (1968)

PG-13 | 139 min | Drama, History, War

In 1854, during the Crimean War, poor planning leads to a British Light Brigade openly charging a Russian artillery position with tragic consequences.

Director: Tony Richardson | Stars: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews

Votes: 2,634

The Crimean War between England,France and Sardinia on the one,Russia on the opposing side;1854-1856