Historical figure movies and TV shows

The list contains the best, new and most relevant historical figure movies ordered by relevance. The recommendation service has sorted out captivating, serious, realistic, dramatic, touching and factual films and TV shows about / with historical figure, friendship, betrayal, society, mentor, runaway, culture clash, death, brutality and dialogue plots mostly in Drama, History and Biography genres shot in USA, UK, France and other countries.
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historical figure movies
TOP 10 movies tagged as historical figure: Empress Ki (2013), My Week with Marilyn (2011), Sweet Dreams (1985), The Spanish Princess (2019), Confucius (2010), Elizabeth (1998), Blonde (2001), All Is True (2018), Churchill's Secret (2016), Nixon (1995).

List of historical figure movies

 8.5
 2K
Empress Ki (2013)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Romance
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: The story of the woman that would become Empress Ki, and her struggles as she worked her way through war, political conspiracies, and the imperial palace to become Empress of China. This Korean Drama re-imagines the historical figure as a fierce, ...
Style: suspenseful, romantic, harsh, multicultural, semi serious ...
Plot: female warrior, love, empress, palace intrigue, chinese emperor, historical figure, love triangle, crown prince, culture clash, betrayal, sword fight, court intrigue ...
Time: 14th century
Place: korea, china
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My Week with Marilyn (2011)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 99 min.
Story: Sir Laurence Olivier is making a movie in London. Young Colin Clark, an eager film student, wants to be involved and he navigates himself a job on the set. When film star Marilyn Monroe arrives for the start of shooting, all of London is excited to ...
Style: sentimental, factual, melancholic, romantic, serious ...
Audience: date night, girls' night
Plot: historical figure, actress, movie star, fame, cultural icon, ambition, impossible love, actor's life, showbiz, nervous breakdown, artists and showbiz, star ...
Time: 50s, 1950s, 20th century, year 1956
Place: england, europe, london, california
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 7.1
 5K
Sweet Dreams (1985)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 115 min.
Story: Lange stunningly portrays Patsy Cline, the velvet-voiced country singer who died in a tragic plane crash.
Style: realistic, factual, atmospheric, captivating, semi serious ...
Plot: fame, air disaster, musician's life, ambition, historical figure, love and romance, family problems, showbiz, country music, rising to stardom, desire for fame, couples ...
Time: 60s, 50s, 20th century, 1950s, 1960s ...
Place: virginia, nashville tennessee, west virginia
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The Spanish Princess (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 55 min.
TV show
Story: The beautiful Spanish princess, Catherine of Aragon, navigates the royal lineage of England with an eye on the throne.
Style: suspense, suspenseful, exciting, captivating, tense
Plot: royal court, king, royal family, queen of england, tudors, historical figure, death, intrigue, rivalry, dishonesty, ambition, family ...
Time: 15th century, 16th century
Place: england, spain
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The St. Valentine's Day Massacre (1967)
Genre: Crime, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: Chicago February 14th 1929. Al Capone finally establishes himself as the city's boss of organised crime. In a north-side garage his hoods, dressed as policemen, surprise and mow down with machine-guns the key members of Bugs Moran's rival ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, rough, suspense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: hitman, death, valentine's day, true crime, gun violence, gunfight, historical figure, gang, crimes, crime, deadly, rivalry ...
Time: 1920s, 60s, 1930s, year 1929
Place: chicago illinois, usa
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 6.2
 4K
Confucius (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: In 500 B.C., during Chinas famed 'Spring and Autumn Period', Kong Ze (Confucius), a commoner reverred for his outstanding wisdom, is made Minister of Law in the ancient Kingdom of Lu. Under his inspired leadership, Lu ascends to new ...
Style: contemplative, realistic, serious, epic, atmospheric ...
Plot: human nature, human spirit, politics, battles, historical figure, society, political unrest, heroes, hopes, state affairs, leadership, historic figure ...
Time: ancient history
Place: ancient china, china, asia
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 7.4
 96K
Elizabeth (1998)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 124 min.
Story: The story of the ascension to the throne and the early reign of Queen Elizabeth the First, the endless attempts by her council to marry her off, the Catholic hatred of her and her romance with Lord Robert Dudley.
Style: factual, stylized, realistic, epic, serious ...
Plot: queen, queen elizabeth i, historical character, british history, royal court, british royal family, head of state, political intrigue, throne, politics, rise to the top, treason ...
Time: 16th century, 18th century
Place: england, europe, london, scotland, paris france ...
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 6.2
 947
Blonde (2001)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: Australia, Canada, USA
Duration: 165 min.
TV show
Story: A fictional biography of Marilyn Monroe mixed with series of real events in her life.
Style: realistic, serious, touching, sincere, contemplative
Plot: hollywood, rise and fall, showbiz, actor's life, ambition, historical figure, rising to stardom, desire for fame, starlet, filmmaking, lifestyle, love and romance ...
Time: 1940s, 1930s, 50s, 60s, 30s ...
Place: usa, venice beach california, maine
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 6.3
 4K
All Is True (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 101 min.
Story: A look at the final days in the life of playwright William Shakespeare.
Style: captivating, touching, tense, psychological, based on true events
Plot: british history, father daughter relationship, historical figure, fictional biography, family secret, family secrets, playwright, retirement, husband wife relationship, church, shakespeare, society ...
Time: 17th century
Place: united kingdom
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Churchill's Secret (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: British Prime Minister Winston Churchill suffers from a stroke in the summer of 1953 that's kept a secret from the rest of the world.
Style: disturbing, captivating, atmospheric, emotional
Plot: winston churchill, stroke, historical figure, politician, nurse, secret, husband wife relationship, rehabilitation, family problems, british politics, parents and children, father in law son in law relationship ...
Time: year 1953, 50s, 1950s
Place: united kingdom, london
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 7.1
 30K
Nixon (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 192 min.
Story: An all-star cast powers this epic look at American President Richard M. Nixon, a man carrying the fate of the world on his shoulders while battling the self-destructive demands within. Spanning his troubled boyhood in California to the shocking ...
Style: thought provoking, realistic, serious, sincere, disturbing ...
Plot: political corruption, vietnam war, politics, government, campaign, rise and fall, historical figure, life is a bitch, presidential election, ambition, brother brother relationship, political conspiracy ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, 1930s, 1920s ...
Place: washington d.c., usa, china, california, texas
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 6.4
 10K
Miles Ahead (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: USA
Duration: 100 min.
Story: An exploration of the life and music of Miles Davis.
Style: touching, captivating, psychological, tense
Plot: jazz, historical figure, nightclub, trumpet player, pursuit, musician, drinking, chase, drinking alcohol, recluse, music history, party ...
Place: manhattan new york city, usa, new york
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Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, South Africa, France
Duration: 141 min.
Story: A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.
Style: emotional, realistic, serious, sincere, thought provoking ...
Plot: prison, human spirit, oppression, heroes, rebellion, political unrest, fighting the system, prison life, historical figure, social problems, marital problem, civil rights ...
Time: 20th century, 80s, 70s, 60s, 50s ...
Place: south africa, africa
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Chanel Solitaire (1981)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Romance
Country: UK, France, USA
Duration: 107 min.
Story: The story about the life and loves of an amazing woman-Coco Chanel- who rose from the bottom with no family or financial support and became one of the most legendary of all our creative icons.
Style: inspirational, factual, stylized, talky, atmospheric ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: businesswoman, dressmaker, historical figure, fashion designer, fashion show, illegitimate child, mistress, fashion, fashion model, social climbing, transformation, high society ...
Time: 1920s, 19th century, 20th century
Place: paris france, europe, france
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The Empress of China (2014)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: China
Duration: 45 min.
TV show
Story: Based on events in 7th and 8th-century Tang dynasty and starring producer Fan Bingbing as the titular character Wu Zetian, The Empress of China is the story of the only woman in Chinese history to rule as an emperor.
Style: cynical, romantic, touching, captivating, sentimental
Plot: chinese emperor, empress, love hate relationship, intrigue, betrayal, tang dynasty, historical character, historical figure, family drama, chinese history, strong female lead, palace intrigue ...
Time: 7th century, prehistoric, prehistoric times
Place: ancient china
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King Sejong the Great (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: South Korea
TV show
Story: "The Great King, Sejong" is a full-scale political drama describing how King Sejong and his loyal retainers cooperate and contrive to make his dynasty a better place. While King Sejong was on the throne, the Joseon Dynasty enjoyed ...
Style: serious, atmospheric, stylized, political, realistic
Plot: historical figure, king, prince, royalty, joseon dynasty, faithfulness, family relations, ruler, crown prince, government, politics, political intrigue ...
Time: 15th century
Place: korea
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The Emperor of Paris (2018)
Genre: Adventure, Crime, History, Thriller
Country: France
Duration: 120 min.
Story: Crime thriller about Francois Vidocq, a real-life ex-convict who became a police detective during Napoleon’s reign.
Style: based on true events, serious, captivating, witty, atmospheric ...
Plot: french history, napoleonic wars, historical figure, criminal underworld, master criminal, criminal gang, police, national security, prison escape, prison, criminal, baroness ...
Time: 19th century, 1800s
Place: paris france, france
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 6.9
 638
King Naresuan (2007)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: Thailand
Duration: 163 min.
Story: The film concerns the life of King Naresuan, who liberated the Siamese from the control of Burma. Born in 1555, he was taken to Burma as a child hostage; there he became acquainted with sword fighting and became a threat to the Burmese empire.
Style: serious, epic, emotional, captivating, realistic
Plot: rise to the top, young heroes, heroes, ambition, friendship, rivalry, teaching the ways of the world, political intrigue, head of state, state affairs, royal family, political unrest ...
Time: 16th century
Place: burma, thailand, asia
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 8.1
 7K
Clone High (2002)
Genre: Animation, Comedy, Sci-Fi
Country: Canada, USA
TV show
Story: Clone High is a Canadian-American adult animated television series that aired for one season on MTV and Teletoon. The series had run in its entirety in Canada on Teletoon before premiering in the United States on MTV. The last five episodes were ...
Style: humorous, semi serious, parody, entertaining, captivating ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: high school, cloning, clones, leader, teenage life, adolescence vs adulthood, folk hero, youth, society, fictional reality, genetic engineering, high school life ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary
Place: canada
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Princess Kaiulani (2009)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Lush scenery and gorgeous photography highlight this bio of Princess Ka'iulani (Q'Orianka Kilcher), a 19th-century Hawaiian princess raised in England but determined to maintain her people's independence from aggressive American ...
Style: sincere, emotional, captivating, serious, realistic ...
Plot: fall in love, destiny, political unrest, politics, downfall, youth, life is a bitch, save the kingdom, princess, historical figure, social differences, redemption ...
Time: 19th century, victorian, victorian era, 9th century
Place: hawaii, usa
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 7.2
 20K
Eight Men Out (1988)
Genre: Drama, History, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: The great Chicago White Sox team of 1919 is the saddest team to ever win a pennent. The team is bitter at their penny pincher owner, Charles Comiskey, and at their own teammates. Gamblers take advantage of this opportunity to offer some players $ to ...
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, talky ...
Plot: baseball, major league, sport, friendship, americana, sport team, ambition, contests and competitions, society, historical figure, hopes, dishonesty ...
Time: 20th century, 1910s, 1920s
Place: usa, chicago illinois, boston, california
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 7.1
 37K
Race (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: Canada, Germany, France
Duration: 134 min.
Story: Based on the incredible true story of Jesse Owens, the legendary athletic superstar whose quest to become the greatest track and field athlete in history thrusts him onto the world stage of the 1936 Olympics, where he faces off against Adolf ...
Style: factual, captivating, exciting, political, suspense ...
Audience: kids
Plot: track and field, racism, nazi, olympics, african american, nazi germany, historical figure, hitler, racial prejudice, athlete, sport, politics ...
Time: 20th century, year 1936, year 1933, 1930s
Place: germany, berlin germany, cleveland ohio, united states, usa
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 6.3
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The Apocalypse (2000)
Genre: Drama
Country: Italy, France, Germany, UK
Duration: 96 min.
Story: It is 90 AD, and the Roman Empire is being run by the Emperor Domitian, who has declared himself to be God and ruler over heaven and earth. The Christians, who do not recognize his divinity, are a thorn in his side and he is having them cruelly ...
Style: serious, sincere, epic, futuristic, christian film
Plot: apostle, apocalypse, christianity, bible, heroic mission, religions or cults, hopes, danger, society, redemption, historical figure, curses spells and rituals ...
Time: contemporary, 21st century, 1st century, 90s
Place: rome italy
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 6.4
 7K
Cobb (1994)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Sport
Country: USA
Duration: 128 min.
Story: Al Stump is a famous sports-writer chosen by Ty Cobb to co-write his official, authorized 'autobiography' before his death. Cobb, widely feared and despised, feels misunderstood and wants to set the record straight about 'the greatest ...
Style: rough, serious, realistic, cynical, sincere ...
Plot: baseball, sport, life is a bitch, athlete's life, historical figure, writer's life, journalism, introspection, baseball player, storytelling, mentor, brutality ...
Time: 20th century, 50s, 40s, 1940s
Place: detroit, usa, georgia, new jersey, california
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Born to Be Blue (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music, Romance
Country: Canada, UK
Duration: 97 min.
Story: Jazz legend Chet Baker finds love and redemption when he stars in a movie about his own troubled life to mount a comeback.
Style: exciting, touching, thought provoking, captivating
Plot: jazz, jazz musician, historical figure, promise, trust, drinking alcohol, friendship, jealousy, father daughter relationship, drinking, flashback, love and romance ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1988, year 1954 ...
Place: usa, los angeles, new york, oklahoma, manhattan new york city ...
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 7.2
 68K
Agora (2009)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: Spain, Malta, Bulgaria
Duration: 127 min.
Story: A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.
Style: emotional, sincere, touching, stylized, epic ...
Plot: roman empire, political unrest, master and servant, religions or cults, impossible love, christianity, historical character, mathematics, destiny, unfulfillment, atheism, philosophy ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world, 5th century
Place: egypt, alexandria egypt, middle east, africa, rome italy ...
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Me and Orson Welles (2008)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: New York, 1937. A teenager hired to star in Orson Welles' production of Julius Caesar becomes attracted to a career-driven production assistant.
Style: touching, realistic, sincere, sentimental, talky ...
Audience: date night
Plot: coming of age, ambition, youth, actor's life, teenage life, historical figure, romance, artists and showbiz, blind ambition, fall in love, boss and employee, theater ...
Time: 1930s, 20th century, 30s, year 1937, 80s
Place: new york, usa, manhattan new york city, grand central station manhattan new york city, new jersey ...
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 8.0
 149K
JFK (1991)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, France
Duration: 189 min.
Story: New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.
Style: thought provoking, serious, captivating, controversial, disturbing ...
Plot: political conspiracy, kennedy assassination, cia, investigation, district attorney, president, assassination, gay slur, fighting the system, political corruption, evidence, government ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, 20th century, year 1963
Place: new orleans, vietnam, cuba, washington d.c., texas ...
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 7.8
 137K
Tombstone (1993)
Genre: Action, Biography, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc ...
Style: realistic, serious, suspenseful, suspense, factual ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: old west, vengeance, cowboy, sheriff, gunfight, murder, gang, crimes, dying, against the odds, criminal, gunfighter ...
Time: 19th century, 1880s
Place: arizona, usa, tucson arizona, california
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Palace of Desire (2000)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: China
Duration: 47 min.
TV show
Story: Palace of Desire, also known as Da Ming Gong Ci, is a Chinese television series based on the life story of Princess Taiping, a daughter of China's only female emperor Wu Zetian. Directed by Li Shaohong and Zeng Nianping, the series starred Chen ...
Style: disturbing, tense, captivating
Plot: historical figure, chinese emperor, empress, princess, political conspiracy, royal palace, empire, political intrigue, forbidden love, love story, emperor, palace intrigue ...
Place: ancient china
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