Most Popular History-Biography Feature Films With At Least 10000 Votes
1. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 1,030,708 | Gross: $96.07M
2. Darkest Hour (2017)
PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History
In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.
Votes: 112,994 | Gross: $56.44M
3. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 334,605 | Gross: $67.21M
4. The Big Short (2015)
R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.
Votes: 287,942 | Gross: $70.26M
5. The Post (2017)
PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History
A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.
Votes: 88,164 | Gross: $81.90M
6. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 549,578 | Gross: $56.67M
7. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 859,703 | Gross: $75.60M
8. Hidden Figures (2016)
PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 156,417 | Gross: $169.39M
9. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 109,413 | Gross: $56.51M
10. The Lost City of Z (2016)
PG-13 | 141 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Votes: 60,637 | Gross: $8.58M
11. American Sniper (2014)
R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 384,480 | Gross: $350.13M
12. The King's Speech (2010)
R | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it.
Votes: 572,245 | Gross: $138.80M
13. The Aviator (2004)
PG-13 | 170 min | Biography, Drama, History
A biopic depicting the early years of legendary Director and aviator Howard Hughes' career from the late 1920s to the mid 1940s.
Votes: 297,851 | Gross: $102.61M
14. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.
Votes: 222,190 | Gross: $182.21M
15. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 87,588 | Gross: $70.60M
16. The Danish Girl (2015)
R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History
A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.
Votes: 135,929 | Gross: $12.71M
17. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
The life, success and troubles of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, as told by Antonio Salieri, the contemporary composer who was insanely jealous of Mozart's talent and claimed to have murdered him.
Votes: 322,215 | Gross: $51.97M
18. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 292,678 | Gross: $5.51M
19. Public Enemies (2009)
R | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s.
Votes: 254,312 | Gross: $97.10M
20. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 231,144 | Gross: $44.82M
21. Alexander (2004)
R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
Alexander, the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.
Votes: 151,021 | Gross: $34.30M
22. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 158,814 | Gross: $161.20M
23. Secretariat (2010)
PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, Family
Penny Chenery Tweedy and colleagues guide her long-shot but precocious stallion to set, in 1973, the unbeaten record for winning the Triple Crown.
Votes: 23,493 | Gross: $59.71M
24. The Stanford Prison Experiment (2015)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1971, twenty-four male students are selected to take on randomly assigned roles of prisoners and guards in a mock prison situated in the basement of the Stanford psychology building.
Votes: 29,914 | Gross: $0.64M
25. The Founder (2016)
PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.
Votes: 86,766 | Gross: $12.79M
26. In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
PG-13 | 122 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
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.
Votes: 103,491 | Gross: $25.02M
27. Marie Antoinette (2006)
PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.
Votes: 90,346 | Gross: $15.96M
28. Changeling (2008)
R | 141 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child.
Votes: 217,717 | Gross: $35.74M
31. Elizabeth (1998)
R | 124 min | Biography, Drama, History
A film of the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.
Votes: 83,158 | Gross: $30.08M
33. Free State of Jones (2016)
R | 139 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A disillusioned Confederate army deserter returns to Mississippi and leads a militia of fellow deserters and women in an uprising against the corrupt local Confederate government.
Votes: 40,562 | Gross: $20.76M
34. Malcolm X (1992)
PG-13 | 202 min | Biography, Drama, History
Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam.
Votes: 72,850 | Gross: $48.17M
35. Jackie (V) (2016)
R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History
Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.
Votes: 61,746 | Gross: $13.96M
36. Charlie Wilson's War (2007)
R | 102 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
A drama based on a Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets have some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.
Votes: 97,955 | Gross: $66.66M
37. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.
Votes: 27,765 | Gross: $17.45M
38. The New World (2005)
PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.
Votes: 77,125 | Gross: $12.71M
39. Anthropoid (2016)
R | 120 min | Biography, History, Thriller
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.
Votes: 35,159 | Gross: $2.96M
R | 160 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 152,560 | Gross: $3.90M
41. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
Votes: 200,885 | Gross: $52.77M
42. The Duchess (2008)
PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.
Votes: 70,038 | Gross: $13.82M
43. Cleopatra (1963)
G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.
Votes: 25,401 | Gross: $57.78M
44. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Votes: 304,031 | Gross: $23.53M
45. The Young Victoria (2009)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History
A dramatization of the turbulent first years of Queen Victoria's rule, and her enduring romance with Prince Albert.
Votes: 52,115 | Gross: $11.00M
46. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Votes: 110,758 | Gross: $26.83M
47. Capote (2005)
R | 114 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
In 1959, Truman Capote learns of the murder of a Kansas family and decides to write a book about the case. While researching for his novel In Cold Blood, Capote forms a relationship with one of the killers, Perry Smith, who is on death row.
Votes: 113,519 | Gross: $28.75M
48. Testament of Youth (2014)
PG-13 | 129 min | Biography, Drama, History
A British woman recalls coming of age during World War I - a story of young love, the futility of war, and how to make sense of the darkest times.
Votes: 21,750 | Gross: $1.82M
50. Selma (2014)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.
Votes: 74,715 | Gross: $52.08M
51. Invictus (2009)
PG-13 | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
Nelson Mandela, in his first term as the South African President, initiates a unique venture to unite the apartheid-torn land: enlist the national rugby team on a mission to win the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
Votes: 137,308 | Gross: $37.49M
53. Woman in Gold (2015)
PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama, History
Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family.
Votes: 46,069 | Gross: $33.31M
54. Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2007)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.
Votes: 60,242 | Gross: $16.29M
58. The Last King of Scotland (2006)
R | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on the events of the brutal Ugandan dictator Idi Amin's regime as seen by his personal physician during the 1970s.
Votes: 161,244 | Gross: $17.61M
59. The Devils (1971)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 17th-century France, Father Urbain Grandier seeks to protect the city of Loudun from the corrupt establishment of Cardinal Richelieu. Hysteria occurs within the city when he is accused of witchcraft by a sexually repressed nun.
60. Silkwood (1983)
R | 131 min | Biography, Drama, History
A worker at a plutonium processing plant is purposefully contaminated, psychologically tortured and possibly murdered to prevent her from exposing worker safety violations at the plant.
Votes: 16,093 | Gross: $35.62M
61. Churchill (2017)
PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History
96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.
Votes: 11,262 | Gross: $1.24M
62. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet.
Votes: 108,641 | Gross: $37.96M
63. Yip Man 3 (2015)
PG-13 | 105 min | Action, Biography, Drama
When a band of brutal gangsters led by a crooked property developer make a play to take over a local school, Master Ip is forced to take a stand.
Votes: 35,763 | Gross: $2.68M
64. Miracle (2004)
PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
Miracle tells the true story of Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell), the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.
Votes: 41,808 | Gross: $64.38M
66. The Queen (2006)
PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 95,364 | Gross: $56.44M
67. Agora (2009)
R | 127 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hope of pursuing freedom while falling in love with his mistress, the philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria.
Votes: 59,628 | Gross: $0.62M
68. Rob Roy (1995)
R | 139 min | Adventure, Biography, History
In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.
Votes: 37,457 | Gross: $31.60M
69. A Royal Affair (2012)
R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 39,624 | Gross: $1.55M
71. Suffragette (2015)
PG-13 | 106 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1912 London, a young working mother is galvanized into radical political activism supporting the right for women to vote, and is willing to meet violence with violence to achieve this end.
Votes: 32,170 | Gross: $4.69M
73. Quiz Show (1994)
PG-13 | 133 min | Biography, Drama, History
A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.
Votes: 59,189 | Gross: $24.82M
74. Truth (2015)
R | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History
Newsroom drama detailing the 2004 CBS 60 Minutes report investigating then-President George W. Bush's military service, and the subsequent firestorm of criticism that cost anchor Dan Rather and producer Mary Mapes their careers.
Votes: 16,204 | Gross: $2.54M
75. The 33 (2015)
PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
Based on the real-life event, when a gold and copper mine collapses, it traps 33 miners underground for 69 days.
Votes: 30,789 | Gross: $12.19M
76. Kaze tachinu (2013)
PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Votes: 57,423 | Gross: $5.21M
77. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody 'Year Zero' cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million 'undesirable' civilians.
Votes: 46,319 | Gross: $34.70M
78. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)
PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.
Votes: 25,340 | Gross: $7.19M
79. Che: Part One (2008)
Not Rated | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.
Votes: 41,361 | Gross: $1.73M
80. Mongol: The Rise of Genghis Khan (2007)
R | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Biography
The story recounts the early life of Genghis Khan who was a slave before going on to conquer half the world in 1206.
Votes: 41,176 | Gross: $5.70M
82. The Greatest Game Ever Played (2005)
PG | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the 1913 US Open, 20-year-old Francis Ouimet played against his idol, 1900 US Open champion, Englishman Harry Vardon.
Votes: 24,999 | Gross: $15.33M
83. Hollywoodland (2006)
R | 126 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
Votes: 30,998 | Gross: $14.42M
84. The Lion in Winter (1968)
PG | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
1183 A.D.: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him.
Votes: 25,975 | Gross: $22.28M
86. Evita (1996)
PG | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History
The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.
Votes: 31,493 | Gross: $50.05M
87. Experimenter (2015)
PG-13 | 98 min | Biography, Drama, History
In 1961, famed social psychologist Stanley Milgram conducted a series of radical behavior experiments that tested ordinary humans' willingness to obey authority.
Votes: 15,180 | Gross: $0.16M
88. Frost/Nixon (2008)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 95,365 | Gross: $18.59M
90. The Diary of Anne Frank (1959)
Approved | 180 min | Biography, Drama, Family
During World War II, a teenage Jewish girl named Anne Frank and her family are forced into hiding in the Nazi-occupied Netherlands.
Votes: 10,649 | Gross: $5.01M
91. In Cold Blood (1967)
R | 134 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
After a botched robbery results in the brutal murder of a rural family, two drifters elude police, in the end coming to terms with their own mortality and the repercussions of their vile atrocity.
93. The Madness of King George (1994)
PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
When King George III goes mad, his lieutenants try to adjust the rules to run the country without his participation.
Votes: 13,726 | Gross: $15.24M
94. Rabbit-Proof Fence (2002)
PG | 94 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a journey across the Outback.
Votes: 25,383 | Gross: $6.17M
95. Bobby (I) (2006)
R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of the assassination of U.S. Senator Robert F. Kennedy, who was shot in the early morning hours of June 5, 1968 in the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, California, and twenty-two people in the hotel, whose lives were never the same.
Votes: 39,656 | Gross: $11.24M
96. Henry V (1989)
PG-13 | 137 min | Action, Biography, Drama
In the midst of the Hundred Years War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.
Votes: 25,801 | Gross: $10.16M
97. Breach (2007)
PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
FBI upstart Eric O'Neill enters into a power game with his boss, Robert Hanssen, an agent who was put on trial for selling secrets to the Soviet Union.
Votes: 54,935 | Gross: $33.23M
98. Gods and Generals (2003)
PG-13 | 219 min | Biography, Drama, History
The rise and fall of legendary war hero Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson as he leads the Confederacy to great success against the Union from 1861 to 1863.
Votes: 14,266 | Gross: $12.87M
99. Nixon (1995)
R | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History
A biographical story of former U.S. President Richard Milhous Nixon, from his days as a young boy, to his eventual Presidency, which ended in shame.
Votes: 26,328 | Gross: $13.56M
100. Missing (1982)
PG | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
When an idealistic American writer disappears during the Chilean coup d'état in September 1973, his wife and father try to find him.
Votes: 15,979 | Gross: $14.00M