Historical event movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant historical event movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out serious, realistic, captivating, suspense, emotional and epic films and TV shows about / with historical event, death, danger, society, state affairs, politics, battles, friendship, soldier and gun plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, South Korea, UK and other countries.
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historical event movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as historical event: 1987: When the Day Comes (2017), A Taxi Driver (2017), 11.22.63 (2016), May 18 (2007), Machuca (2004), 125 Years Memory (2015), First Man (2018), Richard Jewell (2019), Titanic (1997), Everyman's War (2009).

List of historical event movies

1987: When the Day Comes (2017)
Genre: Drama
Country: South Korea
Duration: 129 min.
Story: In 1987 Korea, under an oppressive military regime, a college student gets killed during a police interrogation involving torture. Government of officials are quick to cover up the death and order the body to be cremated. A prosecutor who is ...
Style: tense, disturbing, psychological, sincere, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night, teens
Plot: historical event, democracy, protest, political corruption, torture, interrogation, cover up, police brutality, police investigation, disorder, brutality, murder ...
Time: 80s
Place: south korea, seoul
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 7.9
 17K
A Taxi Driver (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 137 min.
Story: May, 1980. Man-seob is a taxi driver in Seoul who lives from hand to mouth, raising his young daughter alone. One day, he hears that there is a foreigner who will pay big money for a drive down to Gwangju city. Not knowing that he’s a German ...
Style: exciting, based on true events, tense, captivating, suspense
Plot: historical event, taxi driver, protest, democracy, reporter, car chase, money, camera, society, danger, taxi, police brutality ...
Time: 80s, year 1980
Place: south korea, seoul, tokyo
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 8.2
 74K
11.22.63 (2016)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: An English teacher travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination, but discovers he is attached to the life he has made in a bygone era.
Style: exciting, stylized, suspense, suspenseful, serious ...
Plot: time travel, changing the past or future, time traveler, assassination, altering history, kennedy assassination, time, surveillance, twists & turns, stephen king, murder, historical event ...
Time: 20th century, future, 1960s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: usa, dallas texas
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 1K
May 18 (2007)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The citizens of Gwangju lead a relatively peaceful life, until one day the military takes over the city, accusing the residents of conspiracy and claiming that they are communist sympathisers preparing a revolution against the current government. ...
Style: realistic, suspenseful, serious, disturbing, touching
Plot: historical event, losing-it hero, heroes, vigilantism, political unrest, politics, rivalry, assassination, redemption, revolution, danger, soldier ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: korea, south korea
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 7.7
 11K
Machuca (2004)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Chile, Spain, UK, France
Duration: 116 min.
Story: Santiago, capital of Chile during the Marxist government of elected, highly controversial president Salvador Allende. Father McEnroe supports his leftist views by introducing a program at the prestigious "collegio" (Catholic prep school) ...
Style: touching, emotional, serious, thought provoking, sincere ...
Plot: friendship, sexual initiation, childhood, poverty, demonstration, politics, classmate, youth, historical event, communism, social differences, society ...
Time: 70s, 20th century, year 1973
Place: chile, latin america, santiago de chile, santiago chile, south america ...
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125 Years Memory (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Japan, Turkey
Duration: 132 min.
Story: Two historical incidents that deepened the friendship between Japan and Turkey are connected in this Japanese-Turkish blockbuster: The sinking of the Turkish frigate Ertuğrul off the Japanese coast in 1890, and the evacuation of Japanese nationals ...
Style: serious, touching, psychological, captivating
Plot: shipwreck, turk, historical event, tragedy, sinking ship, typhoon, sea disaster, danger, drowning, survival, turkish, friendship ...
Time: 19th century
Place: ottoman empire, japan, constantinople, istanbul turkey
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 7.3
 174K
First Man (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan
Duration: 141 min.
Story: 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.
Style: based on true events, suspense, factual, disturbing, exciting ...
Plot: moon landing, space exploration, space mission, test pilot, space travel, astronaut, moon, nasa, historical event, human in outer space, husband wife relationship, loss of child ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1966, year 1962, year 1968 ...
Place: houston texas, usa, california, florida, mojave desert
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 7.5
 69K
Richard Jewell (2019)
Genre: Biography, Crime, Drama
Country: USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: Richard Jewell thinks quick, works fast, and saves hundreds, perhaps thousands, of lives after a domestic terrorist plants several pipe bombs and they explode during a concert, only to be falsely suspected of the crime by sloppy FBI work and ...
Style: tense, realistic, factual, suspense, emotional ...
Plot: lawyer, false accusation, wrongful arrest, investigation, interrogation, fbi agent, scapegoat, historical event, federal bureau of investigation, police officer, fbi, police ...
Time: 90s, year 1996, year 1986, 1990s
Place: atlanta georgia
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 1.1M
Titanic (1997)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: USA, Mexico, Australia, Canada
Duration: 194 min.
Story: 84 years later, a 101-year-old woman named Rose DeWitt Bukater tells the story to her granddaughter Lizzy Calvert, Brock Lovett, Lewis Bodine, Bobby Buell and Anatoly Mikailavich on the Keldysh about her life set in April 10th 1912, on a ship called ...
Style: sentimental, romantic, emotional, based on true events, dramatic ...
Audience: chick flick, date night, girls' night, teens
Plot: tragic love, love and romance, romance, opposites attract, love, ship, love story, fall in love, titanic, forbidden love, catastrophe, iceberg ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, edwardian era, year 1912, 90s ...
Place: new york, england, atlantic ocean
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Everyman's War (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 104 min.
Story: No one in high command believed that German forces would attack in the sub zero temperatures and near blizzard conditions. As the pre-dawn attack comes, with communications down Sgt. Smith is left with no choice but to make his way through enemy ...
Style: uplifting, rough, realistic, serious
Plot: military, soldier, against the odds, military life, battle zone, heroes, infantrymen, danger, war, small town, historical event, world war two ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s
Place: europe, germany
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Red Cliff Part II (2009)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Fantasy, History, War
Country: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, USA
Duration: 142 min.
Story: The battle of Red Cliff continues and the alliance between Xu and East Wu is fracturing. With Cao Cao's massive forces on their doorstep, will the kingdoms of Xu and East Wu survive?
Style: stylized, captivating, exciting, saga, serious ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: soldier, master warrior, war, martial arts, battles, life is a bitch, military, historical character, wartime life, leadership, deadly, danger ...
Time: ancient history
Place: china, ancient china, asia, hong kong, england
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The Strait Story (2005)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: Taiwan
Duration: 105 min.
Story: The year is 1943 and Taiwan is under Japanese colonization. After finishing his studies in Japan, famous Taiwanese sculptor and painter Ching-Cheng Huang receives an offer to teach in Beiping Art School. He decides to visit friends and family back ...
Style: sentimental, touching, sincere, captivating
Plot: painter, sculptor, historical event, painting, death, tragic event, world war two, japanese occupation, boyfriend girlfriend relationship, pianist, ship, illness ...
Time: year 1943
Place: japan, taiwan, china
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Chinese Wine (2016)
Genre: Drama
Country: China
Duration: 100 min.
Story: The relationship of two maotai liquor-producing families, between 1915, when the drink first won international fame, and the end of the Chinese civil war, after which it was named China's official national liquor.
Style: unusual plot structure, suspense, contemplative, suspenseful
Plot: soldier, historical event, family relations, chinese, father son relationship, ambush, fiance fiancee relationship, civil war, arranged marriage, brother brother relationship, self sacrifice, liquor ...
Time: year 1915, year 1949
Place: china
Is relevant ?
 6.4
 524
We Believed (2010)
Genre: History
Country: Italy, France
Duration: 205 min.
Story: The stories of three young men who, in the wake of the ferocious repression by the Bourbon reign in 1828, decide to join Giuseppe Mazzini's Young Italy movement.
Style: tense, serious, factual, captivating, psychological ...
Plot: politics, italian history, political unrest, rebellion, society, rebelliousness, battles, revolution, historical event, occupation, execution, repression ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1850s, 1800s, 1840s
Place: italy, europe, sicily, southern italy, naples italy
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The Day Reagan Was Shot (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 98 min.
Story: The Day Reagan Was Shot is a 2001 film made for television directed by Cyrus Nowrasteh. The film stars Richard Dreyfuss as Alexander Haig and Richard Crenna as Ronald Reagan.
Style: suspense, realistic, semi serious, disturbing, tense ...
Plot: politics, assassination attempt, white house, political conspiracy, americana, assassination, road not taken, political corruption, deadly, head of state, dishonesty, campaign ...
Time: 80s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
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 7.2
 258K
The Patriot (2000)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Germany
Duration: 165 min.
Story: 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 farmer. But when his son Gabriel enlists in the army to defend their new nation, ...
Style: uplifting, rough, realistic, captivating, serious ...
Audience: boys' night, girls' night
Plot: revolution, vengeance, battles, american revolution, rebellion, war, human spirit, freedom, soldier, patriotism, period piece, heroic mission ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s
Place: south carolina, usa, southern usa, england, scotland
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 2K
Lorna Doone (2000)
Genre: Drama, Romance
Country: UK
Duration: 180 min.
Story: The year is 1675. England is threatened by religious and political rivalries. King Charles II's Catholic brother, James, is next in line for the throne, but many Protestants put their faith in Charles' illegitimate son, The Duke of ...
Style: realistic, emotional, stylized, serious, captivating ...
Audience: girls' night, date night
Plot: revenge, romance, love and romance, state affairs, uninhibited rivalry, forbidden love, political unrest, vengeance, love, countryside, rivalry, politics ...
Time: 17th century, 1600s
Place: england, scotland, europe
Is relevant ?
 5.3
 2K
King David (1985)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David.
Style: epic, sentimental, realistic, serious, sincere ...
Plot: war, rivalry, royal family, dishonesty, heroes, adventure, state affairs, tragic hero, religions or cults, bible, historical event, nudity (full frontal - brief) ...
Time: ancient history
Place: israel, middle east
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The Founding of a Republic (2009)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: China
Duration: 138 min.
Story: The Founding of a Republic is a Chinese historical film commissioned by China's film regulator and made by the state-owned China Film Group (CFG) to mark the 60th anniversary of the People's Republic of China. The film retells the tale of ...
Style: serious, captivating, rough, disturbing, realistic ...
Plot: politics, state affairs, military, assassination, revolution, political unrest, heroes, ambition, battles, historical event, media, communist party ...
Place: china, taiwan, beijing china, shanghai
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 3K
Painted Fire (2002)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 120 min.
Story: The struggles of an artist. Jang Seung-up (1843-1897), also called Owon, focusing on the years 1882 to 1897, when Korea was in political upheaval, caught between China and Japan, the conservative dynasty dying, and peasant revolt at hand. Jang, born ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, sentimental, melancholic
Plot: politics, power relations, human spirit, actor's life, ambition, rise to the top, hopes, alcohol abuse, social differences, rich and poor, life is a bitch, love and romance ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, 1870s, 1880s, turn of the century ...
Place: korea, japan, asia, china, south korea ...
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Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Genre: Drama, Music, Romance, War
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 131 min.
Story: When a Greek fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander. The film is based on a novel about an Italian soldier's experiences during the Italian occupation of the Greek ...
Style: realistic, serious, sentimental, intense, melancholic ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: italian army, resistance fighter, italian soldier, romance, war, love and romance, world war two, wartime life, fall in love, social relations, impossible love, island ...
Time: 1940s, 40s, 20th century
Place: greece, europe, albania, rome italy, italy ...
Is relevant ?
 5.4
 321
Saving Lincoln (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 101 min.
Story: The almost entirely true story of Abraham Lincoln and his self-appointed bodyguard, U.S. Marshal Ward Hill Lamon - a banjo-playing Southerner who foiled repeated attempts on the President's life, and kept him functioning during the darkest ...
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, stylized
Plot: assassination attempt, american civil war, head of state, friendship, danger, state affairs, historical event, storytelling, assassination plot, death of son, bodyguard, friends ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s
Place: usa, washington d.c.
Is relevant ?
 8.4
 2K
The Promise (2011)
Genre: Drama, Mystery, War
Country: UK
Duration: 356 min.
TV show
Story: A young British girl travels to Israel/Palestine, retracing the steps of her grandfather - a British soldier stationed there in the 1940s.
Style: serious, realistic, disturbing, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: israeli palestinian conflict, jewish, soldier, diary, military, wartime life, military life, society, occupation, political unrest, life is a bitch, youth ...
Time: 1940s, contemporary, 40s, 20th century, 21st century ...
Place: israel, middle east, palestinian authority, palestine
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The Murder of Princess Diana (2007)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: USA, Luxembourg, UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Rachel, an American journalist in Paris, is present the night of the fateful accident of Princess Diana and witness to the crime scene. As she starts to investigate, Rachel uncovers information that leads her to believe this was no accident, and she ...
Style: suspenseful, realistic, serious, mind bending
Plot: investigation, intrigue, conspiracy, mystery, royal family, riddles and clues, uncover truth, price of justice, journalism, state affairs, law enforcement, crimes ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, year 1997
Place: paris france, france
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 2K
Jumong (2006)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: South Korea
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: Jumong  examines the life of Jumong Taewang, founder of the kingdom of Goguryeo. Few details have been found in the historical record about Jumong, so much of the series is fictionalized. The fantastic elements surrounding the original Jumong ...
Style: family saga, serious, captivating, suspense, epic
Plot: ancient korea, prince, redemption, emperor, love triangle, family secret, rescue mission, treason, betrayal, love, friendship, marriage ...
Time: 1st century b.c.
Place: korea
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American Dreams (2002)
Genre: Drama, Family, History, Music, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 60 min.
TV show
Story: American Dreams is an American television drama program broadcast on the NBC television network, produced by Once A Frog and Dick Clark Productions in association with Universal Network Television and NBC Studios. The series was created by Jonathan ...
Style: serious, sentimental, touching, sincere, realistic ...
Plot: generation gap, interracial relations, coming of age, family relations, follow your dream, love and romance, dysfunctional family, friendship, parents and children, hopes, lifestyle, youth ...
Time: 60s, 1960s
Place: philadelphia, usa
Is relevant ?
 6.2
 315K
Pearl Harbor (2001)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance, War
Country: USA
Duration: 183 min.
Story: 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 nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes ...
Style: romantic, sentimental, exciting, serious, realistic ...
Audience: date night, girls' night, chick flick
Plot: world war two, love triangle, war, warship, navy, love and romance, aerial combats, battleship, airplane, love, fighter pilot, pilot ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 40s, year 1942, year 1941 ...
Place: pearl harbor, hawaii, japan, england, asia ...
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Get on the Bus (1996)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Get On the Bus follows several Black men on a cross country bus trip to the Million Man March. On the bus are an eclectic set of characters including a laid off aircraft worker, a former Gang Banger, a Hollywood actor, a cop who is of mixed racial ...
Style: thought provoking, touching, realistic, uplifting, serious ...
Plot: racism, bus, politics, gang, on the road, friendship, hopes, injustice, family relations, human nature, rich and poor, self discovery ...
Time: 90s
Place: washington d.c., los angeles, usa, california, tennessee ...
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 6.4
 1K
Francesco (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: Italy, West Germany
Duration: 104 min.
Story: The life of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-1226) as related by followers who gather after his death to tell stories so that Leone can record them: a privileged and virile youth, a prisoner of war, an heir who turns away from his father and gives all to ...
Style: emotional, bleak, serious, factual, gloomy ...
Plot: saint, clergy, hopes, religions or cults, starting over, society, religion, historical event, monk, redemption, miraculous event, social differences ...
Time: middle ages, 12th century, 13th century
Place: italy, europe
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The Broken Chain (1993)
Genre: Drama, War, Action
Country: USA
Duration: 93 min.
Story: The true story of Iroquois warrior Thayendanegea participating in the French and Indian War and the American Revolutionary War.
Style: realistic, serious, captivating, epic, factual ...
Plot: battles, society, military, friendship, historical event, fort, brothers, rise and fall, against the odds, siblings relations, americana, family relations ...
Time: 18th century, 90s
Place: new york
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