Top 50 History Movies and TV Shows



1. The Last Duel (2021)

R | 152 min | Action, Drama, History

7.4
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67 Metascore

King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Harriet Walter

Votes: 102,134

2. The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

R | 105 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.4
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87 Metascore

A Scottish lord becomes convinced by a trio of witches that he will become the next King of Scotland, and his ambitious wife supports him in his plans of seizing power.

Director: Joel Coen | Stars: Denzel Washington, Frances McDormand, Alex Hassell, Bertie Carvel

Votes: 15,038

3. Vikings (2013–2020)

TV-MA | 44 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.5
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Vikings transports us to the brutal and mysterious world of Ragnar Lothbrok, a Viking warrior and farmer who yearns to explore - and raid - the distant shores across the ocean.

Stars: Katheryn Winnick, Gustaf Skarsgård, Alexander Ludwig, Georgia Hirst

Votes: 488,997

4. Redeeming Love (2022)

PG-13 | 134 min | Drama, History, Romance

7.0
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32 Metascore

Sold into prostitution as a child, Angel knows nothing but betrayal. Can her heart ever be mended? Based upon the novel by Francine Rivers.

Director: D.J. Caruso | Stars: Abigail Cowen, Tom Lewis, Famke Janssen, Logan Marshall-Green

Votes: 741

5. Vikings: Valhalla (2022– )

TV-MA | Action, Adventure, Drama | Post-production

Follow-up series to 'Vikings' set 100 years afterward and centering on the adventures of Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Hardrada and the Norman King William the Conqueror.

Stars: Pollyanna McIntosh, Frida Gustavsson, Jóhannes Haukur Jóhannesson, David Oakes

6. Munich: The Edge of War (2021)

PG-13 | 130 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.9
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53 Metascore

A British diplomat travels to Munich in the run-up to World War II, where a former classmate of his from Oxford is also en route, but is working for the German government.

Director: Christian Schwochow | Stars: George MacKay, Jannis Niewöhner, Jeremy Irons, Liv Lisa Fries

Votes: 7,815

7. Belfast (2021)

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

7.4
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75 Metascore

A young boy and his working-class Belfast family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.

Director: Kenneth Branagh | Stars: Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitriona Balfe, Jamie Dornan

Votes: 18,698

8. The Last Kingdom (2015– )

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

8.4
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As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred--born a Saxon but raised by Vikings--seeks to claim his ancestral birthright.

Stars: Eliza Butterworth, Alexander Dreymon, Arnas Fedaravicius, Millie Brady

Votes: 105,013

9. The Great (2020– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

8.2
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A royal woman living in rural Russia during the 18th century is forced to choose between her own personal happiness and the future of Russia, when she marries an Emperor.

Stars: Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Phoebe Fox, Sacha Dhawan

Votes: 35,162

10. Killers of the Flower Moon (2022)

Crime, Drama, History | Post-production

Members of the Osage tribe in the United States are murdered under mysterious circumstances in the 1920s sparking a major F.B.I. investigation involving J. Edgar Hoover.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Jesse Plemons, Brendan Fraser, Robert De Niro

11. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.6
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Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the twentieth century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Olivia Colman, Imelda Staunton, Matt Smith

Votes: 184,852

12. Being the Ricardos (2021)

R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.6
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60 Metascore

Follows Lucy and Desi as they face a crisis that could end their careers and another that could end their marriage.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Nicole Kidman, Javier Bardem, J.K. Simmons, Nina Arianda

Votes: 23,960

13. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

8.5
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Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to late-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Stephen McGann

Votes: 24,259

14. The Northman (2022)

Action, Adventure, Drama | Post-production

From visionary director Robert Eggers comes The Northman, an action-filled epic that follows a young Viking prince on his quest to avenge his father's murder.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ethan Hawke, Nicole Kidman

15. Chernobyl (2019)

TV-MA | 330 min | Drama, History, Thriller

9.4
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In April 1986, an explosion at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics becomes one of the world's worst man-made catastrophes.

Stars: Jessie Buckley, Jared Harris, Stellan Skarsgård, Adam Nagaitis

Votes: 647,117

16. Band of Brothers (2001)

TV-MA | 594 min | Drama, History, War

9.4
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The story of Easy Company of the U.S. Army 101st Airborne Division and their mission in World War II Europe, from Operation Overlord to V-J Day.

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

Votes: 412,657

17. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.3
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68 Metascore

Scottish warrior William Wallace leads his countrymen in a rebellion to free his homeland from the tyranny of King Edward I of England.

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

Votes: 1,004,096 | Gross: $75.60M

18. Benedetta (2021)

Unrated | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.7
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73 Metascore

A 17th-century nun in Italy suffers from disturbing religious and erotic visions. She is assisted by a companion, and the relationship between the two women develops into a romantic love affair.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Virginie Efira, Charlotte Rampling, Daphne Patakia, Lambert Wilson

Votes: 10,084

19. Women of the Movement (2022)

TV-MA | 45 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.1
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An anthology series that chronicles the civil rights movement as told by the women behind it.

Stars: Adrienne Warren, Cedric Joe, Carter Jenkins, Julia McDermott

Votes: 932

20. Spartacus (2010–2013)

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

8.5
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The life of Spartacus, the gladiator who lead a rebellion against the Romans. From his time as an ally of the Romans, to his betrayal and becoming a gladiator, to the rebellion he leads and its ultimate outcome.

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

Votes: 234,326

21. Our Flag Means Death (2022– )

30 min | Action, Adventure, Biography | Post-production

The year is 1717. Wealthy landowner Stede Bonnet has a midlife crisis and decides to blow up his cushy life to become a pirate. It does not go well. Based on a true story.

Stars: Taika Waititi, Fred Armisen, Nat Faxon, Leslie Jones

22. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.1
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71 Metascore

World War II 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: 486,373 | Gross: $67.21M

23. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History

7.3
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56 Metascore

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 515,555 | Gross: $133.38M

24. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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94 Metascore

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

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

Votes: 1,294,247 | Gross: $96.90M

25. Dunkirk (2017)

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

7.8
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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Commonwealth and 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: 615,489 | Gross: $188.37M

26. The King (I) (2019)

R | 140 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.3
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62 Metascore

Hal, wayward prince and heir to the English throne, is crowned King Henry V after his tyrannical father dies. Now the young king must navigate palace politics, the war his father left behind, and the emotional strings of his past life.

Director: David Michôd | Stars: Tom Glynn-Carney, Gábor Czap, Tom Fisher, Edward Ashley

Votes: 115,444

27. Boardwalk Empire (2010–2014)

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

8.5
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An Atlantic City politician plays both sides of the law by conspiring with gangsters during the Prohibition era.

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

Votes: 182,405

28. A Very British Scandal (2021)

177 min | Drama, History

7.1
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The story of events surrounding the notorious divorce of the Duke and Duchess of Argyll during the 1960s.

Stars: Claire Foy, Paul Bettany, Olwen May, Albertine Kotting McMillan

Votes: 2,589

29. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

7.8
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81 Metascore

In 2006-2007 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research, they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

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

Votes: 405,710 | Gross: $70.26M

30. The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (2021)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.8
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63 Metascore

English artist Louis Wain rises to prominence at the end of the 19th century for his surreal cat paintings that seemed to reflect his declining sanity.

Director: Will Sharpe | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones

Votes: 8,880

31. Hamilton (2020)

PG-13 | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.4
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90 Metascore

The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.

Director: Thomas Kail | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry

Votes: 81,573

32. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

8.0
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76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 763,257 | Gross: $183.64M

33. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.0
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60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra VII of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 32,039 | Gross: $57.78M

34. The Impossible (2012)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Drama, History

7.6
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73 Metascore

The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami.

Director: J.A. Bayona | Stars: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland, Oaklee Pendergast

Votes: 215,963 | Gross: $19.02M

35. The Courier (2020)

PG-13 | 112 min | Drama, History, Thriller

7.2
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65 Metascore

Cold War spy Greville Wynne and his Russian source try to put an end to the Cuban Missile Crisis.

Director: Dominic Cooke | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Merab Ninidze, Rachel Brosnahan, Vladimir Chuprikov

Votes: 46,400

36. The Chosen (2017– )

TV-PG | 54 min | Drama, History

9.5
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A charismatic fisherman struggling with debt. A troubled woman wrestling with demons. A gifted accountant ostracised from his family and people. In this ground-breaking first season of The Chosen see how Jesus reaches each of these and more as He works His first miracles and embarks on His ministry to change the world. See Him through the eyes of those who knew Him.

Stars: Elizabeth Tabish, Shahar Isaac, Paras Patel, Jonathan Roumie

Votes: 23,646

37. 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: 72,604

38. Tombstone (1993)

R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama

7.8
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50 Metascore

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: 140,056 | Gross: $56.51M

39. Deadwood (2004–2006)

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

8.6
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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: 102,221

40. Oppenheimer (2023)

Biography, Drama, History | Pre-production

The story of American scientist J. Robert Oppenheimer and his role in the development of the atomic bomb.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Florence Pugh, Cillian Murphy, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr.

41. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 52 min | Action, Drama, History

8.7
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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: 164,590

42. Tulip Fever (2017)

R | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance

6.2
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38 Metascore

An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of seventeenth century Amsterdam.

Director: Justin Chadwick | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O'Connell, Holliday Grainger

Votes: 20,438 | Gross: $2.43M

43. '83 (2021)

162 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.4
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On June 25, 1983, the Lord's Cricket Ground witnessed 14 men beat the two times World Champions West Indies, putting India back onto the cricket world stage.

Director: Kabir Khan | Stars: Ranveer Singh, Deepika Padukone, Tahir Raj Bhasin, Jiiva

Votes: 20,219

44. Macbeth (I) (2015)

R | 113 min | Drama, History, War

6.6
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71 Metascore

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Madigan, Frank Madigan

Votes: 55,679 | Gross: $1.11M

45. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.9
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 217,656 | Gross: $169.61M

46. Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)

R | 126 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.5
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85 Metascore

Offered a plea deal by the FBI, William O'Neal infiltrates the Illinois chapter of the Black Panther Party to gather intelligence on Chairman Fred Hampton.

Director: Shaka King | Stars: Daniel Kaluuya, LaKeith Stanfield, Jesse Plemons, Dominique Fishback

Votes: 68,939

47. Caligula (1979)

Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History

5.3
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A dramatization of the ascent to Caesar and subsequent reign of Caligula, one of the most notorious leaders of ancient Rome. We see his ambition, his scheming, his perversion and decadence, his brutality and his lunacy.

Director: Tinto Brass | Stars: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy

Votes: 35,179 | Gross: $23.44M

48. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Biography, Drama

5.6
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39 Metascore

Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 167,476 | Gross: $34.30M

49. Midway (2019)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Drama, History

6.7
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47 Metascore

The story of the Battle of Midway, told by the leaders and the sailors who fought it.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson, Luke Evans

Votes: 79,326

50. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Drama, History

7.2
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79 Metascore

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

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

Votes: 108,664 | Gross: $7.10M


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