Most Popular History Feature Films
1. 12 Strong (2018)
R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History
12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.
Votes: 18,950 | Gross: $45.50M
2. 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: 65,015 | Gross: $81.87M
4. Chappaquiddick (2017)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama, History, Thriller
Depicting Ted Kennedy's involvement in the fatal 1969 car accident that claims the life of a young campaign strategist, Mary Jo Kopechne.
Votes: 2,107 | Gross: $14.74M
124 min | Drama, History, Romance
A writer forms an unexpected bond with the residents of Guernsey Island in the aftermath of World War II, when she decides to write a book about their experiences during the war.
7. 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: 91,418 | Gross: $56.44M
8. Dunkirk (2017)
PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 381,182 | Gross: $188.37M
9. Troy (2004)
R | 163 min | Drama, History, Romance
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.
Votes: 427,331 | Gross: $133.38M
10. 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: 314,590 | Gross: $51.97M
12. 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: 1,002,595 | Gross: $96.07M
13. Sgt. Stubby: An American Hero (2018)
PG | 84 min | Animation, Adventure, Family
The true story of a stray dog who joins his new master on the battlefields of the First World War. For his valorous actions, Sgt. Stubby is still recognized as the most decorated dog in American history.
Votes: 354 | Gross: $2.25M
14. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 314,862 | Gross: $67.21M
15. Paul, Apostle of Christ (2018)
PG-13 | 108 min | Drama, History
The story covers Paul going from the most infamous persecutor of Christians to Jesus Christ's most influential apostle.
Votes: 1,682 | Gross: $17.10M
16. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)
Biography, Drama, History | Post-production
Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.
17. American Made (2017)
R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy
The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.
Votes: 95,222 | Gross: $51.34M
18. Les Misérables (2012)
PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical
In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.
Votes: 270,958 | Gross: $148.81M
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: 250,024 | Gross: $97.10M
20. First Man (2018)
Biography, Drama, History | Post-production
A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.
21. 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: 147,573 | Gross: $169.39M
22. Patriots Day (2016)
R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, History
The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.
Votes: 64,536 | Gross: $31.89M
23. The Revenant (2015)
R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 556,879 | Gross: $183.64M
24. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)
PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 231,913 | Gross: $173.84M
25. Spotlight (I) (2015)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 321,013 | Gross: $45.06M
26. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 360,472 | Gross: $33.08M
27. 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 while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.
Votes: 55,837 | Gross: $8.58M
28. 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: 377,012 | Gross: $350.13M
29. 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: 841,056 | Gross: $75.60M
30. The Imitation Game (2014)
PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.
Votes: 573,381 | Gross: $91.13M
31. 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: 279,370 | Gross: $70.26M
32. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 248,152 | Gross: $198.68M
33. 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: 533,991 | Gross: $56.67M
34. 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: 24,750 | Gross: $17.45M
35. Bridge of Spies (2015)
PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller
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.
Votes: 243,064 | Gross: $72.31M
36. 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: 100,256 | Gross: $25.02M
37. 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: 130,305 | Gross: $12.71M
38. Lincoln (2012)
PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History
As the 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: 218,362 | Gross: $182.21M
40. Queen of the Desert (2015)
PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of Gertrude Bell's life, a traveler, writer, archaeologist, explorer, cartographer, and political attaché for the British Empire at the dawn of the twentieth century.
41. Tulip Fever (2017)
R | 105 min | Drama, History, Romance
An artist falls for a young married woman while he's commissioned to paint her portrait during the Tulip mania of 17th century Amsterdam.
Votes: 9,996 | Gross: $2.43M
42. Caligula (1979)
Unrated | 156 min | Drama, History
Details the graphic and shocking, yet undeniably tragic story of Rome's most infamous Caesar, Gaius Germanicus Caligula.
Votes: 29,882 | Gross: $23.44M
43. 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: 106,969 | Gross: $56.51M
44. Robin Hood (2010)
PG-13 | 140 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.
Votes: 229,875 | Gross: $105.27M
45. Silence (I) (2016)
R | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 74,415 | Gross: $7.08M
46. 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: 149,005 | Gross: $34.30M
47. Cold Mountain (2003)
R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History
In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.
Votes: 127,355 | Gross: $95.64M
49. 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: 154,804 | Gross: $161.20M
50. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
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.
Votes: 322,864 | Gross: $108.64M