Best History Movies

Silence Silence
Silence
IMDb: 7.2
161

Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.

Hidden Figures Hidden Figures
Hidden Figures
IMDb: 7.9
127

The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations…

Little Boy Little Boy
Little Boy
IMDb: 7.4
106

An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father…

Woman In Gold Woman In Gold
Woman In Gold
IMDb: 7.3
109

Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover a world famous painting of her aunt plundered by the Nazis during World War II, she believes…

Spare Parts Spare Parts
Spare Parts
IMDb: 7.3
114

With the help of their high school’s newest teacher, four Hispanic students form a robotics club. Although they have no experience, the youths set their sights on a national robotics…

Zero Dark Thirty Zero Dark Thirty
Zero Dark Thirty
IMDb: 7.4
157

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6…

The King’s Speech The King’s Speech
The King’s Speech
IMDb: 8.0
118

The King’s Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George (’Bertie’) reluctantly assumes the throne….

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Ip Man Ip Man
Ip Man
IMDb: 8.0
106

A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. The film focuses on events surrounding Ip that took place…

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Letters from Iwo Jima Letters from Iwo Jima
Letters from Iwo Jima
IMDb: 7.9
141

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.

Hotel Rwanda Hotel Rwanda
Hotel Rwanda
IMDb: 8.1
121

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the…

Downfall Downfall
Downfall
IMDb: 8.2
156

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Russian Army closing in from the east and the Allied Expeditionary Force attacking from the west. In…

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We Were Soldiers We Were Soldiers
We Were Soldiers
IMDb: 7.2
138

The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

Black Hawk Down Black Hawk Down
Black Hawk Down
IMDb: 7.7
144

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy…

Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
IMDb: 6.2
183

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval…

The Patriot The Patriot
The Patriot
IMDb: 7.2
165

After proving himself on the field of battle in the French and Indian War, Benjamin Martin wants nothing more to do with such things, preferring the simple life of a…

Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan
Saving Private Ryan
IMDb: 8.6
169

As U.S. troops storm the beaches of Normandy, three brothers lie dead on the battlefield, with a fourth trapped behind enemy lines. Ranger captain John Miller and seven men are…

Braveheart Braveheart
Braveheart
IMDb: 8.3
178

Enraged at the slaughter of Murron, his new bride and childhood love, Scottish warrior William Wallace slays a platoon of the local English lord’s soldiers. This leads the village to…

Schindler’s List Schindler’s List
Schindler’s List
IMDb: 8.9
195

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

King of the Hill King of the Hill
King of the Hill
IMDb: 7.4
103

Based on the Depression-era bildungsroman memoir of writer A. E. Hotchner, the film follows the story of a boy struggling to survive on his own in a hotel in St….

JFK JFK
JFK
IMDb: 8.0
189

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there’s more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

The Winter War The Winter War
The Winter War
IMDb: 7.7
199

Russia attacked Finland in late November 1939. This film tells the story of a Finnish platoon of reservists from the municipality of Kauhava in the province of Pohjanmaa/Ostrobothnia who leave…

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Glory Glory
Glory
IMDb: 7.8
122

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War’s first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Black Rain Black Rain
Black Rain
IMDb: 6.7
125

Two New York cops get involved in a gang war between members of the Yakuza, the Japanese Mafia. They arrest one of their killers and are ordered to escort him…

The Untouchables The Untouchables
The Untouchables
IMDb: 7.9
119

Young Treasury Agent Elliot Ness arrives in Chicago and is determined to take down Al Capone, but it’s not going to be easy because Capone has the police in his…

The Killing Fields The Killing Fields
The Killing Fields
IMDb: 7.8
141

The Killing Fields tells the real-life story of a friendship between two journalists, an American and a Cambodian, during the bloody Khmer Rouge takeover of Cambodia in 1975, which led…

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The Boat The Boat
The Boat
IMDb: 8.3
149

A German submarine hunts allied ships during the Second World War, but it soon becomes the hunted. The crew tries to survive below the surface, while stretching both the boat…

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The Elephant Man The Elephant Man
The Elephant Man
IMDb: 8.1
124

A Victorian surgeon rescues a heavily disfigured man being mistreated by his ”owner” as a side-show freak. Behind his monstrous façade, there is revealed a person of great intelligence and…

Breaker Morant Breaker Morant
Breaker Morant
IMDb: 7.9
107

During the Boer War, three Australian lieutenants are on trial for shooting Boer prisoners. Though they acted under orders, they are being used as scapegoats by the General Staff, who…

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Kagemusha Kagemusha
Kagemusha
IMDb: 8.0
162

Akira Kurosawa’s lauded feudal epic presents the tale of a petty thief who is recruited to impersonate Shingen, an aging warlord, in order to avoid attacks by competing clans. When…

All the President’s Men All the President’s Men
All the President’s Men
IMDb: 8.0
138

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National Headquarters. He is surprised to…

The Message The Message
The Message
IMDb: 8.2
177

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.

Mirror Mirror
Mirror
IMDb: 8.1
107

A dying man in his forties recalls his childhood, his mother, the war and personal moments that tell of and juxtapose pivotal moments in Soviet history with daily life.

The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser
IMDb: 7.8
110

The film follows Kaspar Hauser (Bruno S.), who lived the first seventeen years of his life chained in a tiny cellar with only a toy horse to occupy his time,…

Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession
Ivan Vasilyevich Changes His Profession
IMDb: 8.3
88

Shurik Timofeev builds a working model of a time machine. By accident, Ivan Bunsha, an apartment complex manager, and George Miloslavsky, a petty burglar, are transferred to 16th century Moscow,…

Aguirre, the Wrath of God Aguirre, the Wrath of God
Aguirre, the Wrath of God
IMDb: 7.9
95

A few decades after the destruction of the Inca empire, a Spanish expedition leaves the mountains of Peru and goes down the Amazon river in search of gold and wealth….

Michael the Brave Michael the Brave
Michael the Brave
IMDb: 8.4
203

An epic fresco depicting the reign (1593-1601) of Mihai Pătrașcu (better known as “Mihai Viteazul” / “Michael the Brave”), the famous prince who united the three provinces: Transalpine Vallachia, Transylvania…

Z Z
Z
IMDb: 8.2
127

Repression is the rule of the day in this film that skewers Greek governance of the 1960s. Z, a leftist rabble rouser, is killed in what appears to be a…

The Lion in Winter The Lion in Winter
The Lion in Winter
IMDb: 7.9
134

1183 AD: 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. An…

In Cold Blood In Cold Blood
In Cold Blood
IMDb: 7.9
134

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…

Andrei Rublev Andrei Rublev
Andrei Rublev
IMDb: 8.1
205

An expansive Russian drama, this film focuses on the life of revered religious icon painter Andrei Rublev. Drifting from place to place in a tumultuous era, the peace-seeking monk eventually…

The Battle of Algiers The Battle of Algiers
The Battle of Algiers
IMDb: 8.1
121

Tracing the struggle of the Algerian Front de Liberation Nationale to gain freedom from French colonial rule as seen through the eyes of Ali from his start as a petty…

Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors
IMDb: 8.0
97

In a Carpathian village, Ivan falls in love with Marichka, the daughter of his father’s killer. When tragedy befalls her, his grief lasts months; finally he rejoins the colorful life…

Simon of the Desert Simon of the Desert
Simon of the Desert
IMDb: 7.9
43

Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and…

Becket Becket
Becket
IMDb: 7.8
148

King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome…

The Great Escape The Great Escape
The Great Escape
IMDb: 8.2
172

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate them to a high-security ‘escape-proof’ camp to sit out…

The Leopard The Leopard
The Leopard
IMDb: 8.0
186

As Garibaldi’s troops begin the unification of Italy in the 1860s, an aristocratic Sicilian family grudgingly adapts to the sweeping social changes undermining their way of life. Proud but pragmatic…

Lawrence of Arabia Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia
IMDb: 8.3
228

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence’s mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic…

The Longest Day The Longest Day
The Longest Day
IMDb: 7.8
178

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of…

Judgment at Nuremberg Judgment at Nuremberg
Judgment at Nuremberg
IMDb: 8.2
179

In 1947, four German judges who served on the bench during the Nazi regime face a military tribunal to answer charges of crimes against humanity. Chief Justice Haywood hears evidence…

Spartacus Spartacus
Spartacus
IMDb: 7.9
197

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners…

Inherit the Wind Inherit the Wind
Inherit the Wind
IMDb: 8.1
128

This gripping adaptation of the Jerome Lawrence-Robert E. Lee play examines an issue that still causes great controversy—the role religion should play in the schools.

Ben-Hur Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur
IMDb: 8.1
212

Judah Ben-Hur, a Palestinian Jew, is battling the Roman empire at the time of Christ. His actions send him and his family into slavery, but an inspirational encounter with Jesus…

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
IMDb: 8.6
208

A Japanese pacifist and socialist, unable to face the dire consequences of conscientious objection, is transformed by his attempts to compromise with the demands of war-time Japan.

A Night to Remember A Night to Remember
A Night to Remember
IMDb: 7.9
123

The sinking of the Titanic is presented in a highly realistic fashion in this tense British drama. The disaster is portrayed largely from the perspective of the ocean liner’s second…

Mutiny on the Bounty Mutiny on the Bounty
Mutiny on the Bounty
IMDb: 7.7
132

Fletcher Christian successfully leads a revolt against the ruthless Captain Bligh on the HMS Bounty. However, Bligh returns one year later, hell bent on avenging his captors.

All Quiet on the Western Front All Quiet on the Western Front
All Quiet on the Western Front
IMDb: 8.1
152

A young soldier faces profound disillusionment in the soul-destroying horror of World War I. Together with several other young German soldiers, he experiences the horrors of war, such evil of…

The Passion of Joan of Arc The Passion of Joan of Arc
The Passion of Joan of Arc
IMDb: 8.1
114

A classic of the silent age, this film tells the story of the doomed but ultimately canonized 15th-century teenage warrior. On trial for claiming she’d spoken to God, Jeanne d’Arc…

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ
IMDb: 7.8
143

The trials and tribulations of Judah Ben-Hur, a wealthy Jewish man forced into galley slavery, is juxtaposed with the rise of a man some consider to be the Messiah.

Battleship Potemkin Battleship Potemkin
Battleship Potemkin
IMDb: 8.0
66

A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resultant public demonstration, showing support, which brought on a police massacre. The film had an incredible impact on the…

Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages
Intolerance: Love’s Struggle Throughout the Ages
IMDb: 7.7
N/A
197

The story of a poor young woman, separated by prejudice from her husband and baby, is interwoven with tales of intolerance from throughout history.

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