Best History Movies

This page is updated regularly. Subscribe, so you don't miss new recommendations. The list of "Best History Movies" contains films with the following parameters. Style: inspirational, serious, interesting, thought provoking, suspense and dramatic. Plot: mentor, death, courage, sacrifice, storytelling, betrayal, justice, runaway, catastrophe and culture clash. Genre: Drama, History and Biography. Country: USA, UK and Italy.
Best History Movies
Best History Movies
TOP Movies: Braveheart (1995), The King's Speech (2010), Hidden Figures (2016), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), The Last Duel (2021), The First King (2019), Schindler's List (1993), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The Duchess (2008), Les Misérables (2012), The Revenant (2015), First Man (2018), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), Lincoln (2012), Apollo 13 (1995), JFK (1991), Glory (1989), Chernobyl: Abyss (2019), A Man for All Seasons (1966), Togo (2019).

List of Best Movies

 8.4
 1.0M
Braveheart (1995)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 178 min.
Story: 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 revolt and, eventually, the entire country to rise up against ...
Style: epic, breathtaking, rough, scenic, emotional ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: medieval, courage, freedom, war, warrior, tragic hero, idealism, battles, vengeance, leadership, legend, love story ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: scotland, england, scottish highlands, united kingdom, europe ...
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 118 min.
Story: 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. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit ...
Style: inspirational, sincere, uplifting, dramatic, realistic ...
Plot: stuttering, british royal family, world war two, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, disability, politics, historical character, friendship, king, king of england ...
Time: 1930s, pre world war two, 50s, 1940s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, london, europe, buckingham palace ...
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 7.8
 226K
Hidden Figures (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 127 min.
Story: 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 in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into ...
Style: inspirational, factual, sincere, feel good, touching ...
Audience: girls' night, chick flick
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, space program, african american, genius, discrimination, african american woman, strong female character, scientist, stereotypes, prejudice ...
Time: 60s, year 1961, 50s, 20th century, year 1962
Place: langley virginia, virginia, usa
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, War
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 94 min.
Story: When his family moves from their home in Berlin to a strange new house in Poland, young Bruno befriends Shmuel, a boy who lives on the other side of the fence where everyone seems to be wearing striped pajamas. Unaware of Shmuel's fate as a ...
Style: emotional, touching, sad, heartbreaking, serious ...
Audience: kids, family outing, teens
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, childhood, nazi, war, friendship, nazism, against humanity, gas chamber, boy ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
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 7.4
 148K
The Last Duel (2021)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 152 min.
Story: King Charles VI declares that Knight Jean de Carrouges settle his dispute with his squire by challenging him to a duel.
Style: suspense, epic, disturbing, tense, suspenseful ...
Audience: chick flick, boys' night
Plot: rape, duel, medieval, knight, sword duel, husband wife relationship, revenge, violence, showdown, castle, jousting, male female relationship ...
Time: 14th century, middle ages
Place: france, normandy, scotland, paris france
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The First King (2019)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: Italy, Belgium
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Two brothers, Romulus and Remus, will have to rely on each other to survive in a hostile world. The city of Rome, one of the greatest empires in history, will be born from their deeds and bloody battles.
Style: suspense, tense, exciting, psychological, captivating ...
Plot: roman, king, ancient rome, mythology, religion, twin brother, fratricide, journey, sacrifice, violence, flood, friendship ...
Time: ancient times
Place: rome italy, italy
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Schindler's List (1993)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 195 min.
Story: 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.
Style: emotional, touching, realistic, serious, heartbreaking ...
Plot: world war two, holocaust, genocide, war, nazi, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, survival, wartime, accountant, anti semitism ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, vatican, europe, central europe ...
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12 Years a Slave (2013)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 134 min.
Story: In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In ...
Style: motivational, heartbreaking, disturbing, bleak, rough ...
Plot: slavery, racism, torture, freedom, life is a bitch, interracial relations, survival, african american, civil rights, master and servant, kidnapping, confined ...
Time: 19th century, victorian era, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york state, georgia ...
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 6.9
 83K
The Duchess (2008)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Romance
Country: UK, Italy, France, USA
Duration: 110 min.
Story: A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.
Style: sexy, dramatic, emotional, romantic, stylized ...
Audience: chick flick, teens, girls' night
Plot: love triangle, love affair, aristocracy, duchess, infidelity, adultery, high society, marriage, destiny, romance, duke, marital rape ...
Time: 18th century, georgian era, 19th century, 1780s, victorian era ...
Place: england, london, europe
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 7.5
 328K
Les Misérables (2012)
Genre: Drama, Musical, Romance
Country: UK, USA
Duration: 158 min.
Story: An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.
Style: emotional, epic, inspirational, touching, harsh ...
Audience: chick flick, teens
Plot: rebellion, redemption, prostitute, revolution, corpse, arrest, parole, army, orphan, father daughter relationship, sewer, suicide ...
Time: 19th century, future, victorian era, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, london, europe
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 8.0
 789K
The Revenant (2015)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, History, Western
Country: USA, Hong Kong, Taiwan
Duration: 156 min.
Story: In the 1820s, a frontiersman, Hugh Glass, sets out on a path of vengeance against those who left him for dead after a bear mauling.
Style: atmospheric, breathtaking, rough, suspenseful, scenic ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, revenge, vengeance, bear attack, snow, winter, lone hero, adventure, violence, obsessive quest, old west ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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 7.3
 187K
First Man (2018)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA, Japan, China
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: inspirational, disturbing, factual, exciting, motivational ...
Plot: space exploration, astronaut, moon landing, moon, nasa, outer space, loss of child, space travel, male camaraderie, space mission, space race, rocket ...
Time: 60s, year 1965, year 1969, year 1963, 20th century ...
Place: usa, california, mojave desert, houston texas, florida
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Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK
Duration: 218 min.
Story: 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 figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological ...
Style: epic, factual, realistic, captivating, exciting ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: desert, world war one, adventure, war, imperialism, bedouin, military, historical character, battles, british empire, politics, camel ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s
Place: middle east, ottoman empire, arabia, saudi arabia, jordan ...
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 7.3
 260K
Lincoln (2012)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, India
Duration: 150 min.
Story: A revealing drama that focuses on the 16th President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish ...
Style: political, epic, thought provoking, emotional, factual ...
Plot: american civil war, idealism, civil war, president, politics, american history, war, racism, head of state, leadership, courage, freedom ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era, year 1865
Place: washington d.c., usa, california
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Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, War
Country: USA
Duration: 138 min.
Story: After an abrupt and violent encounter with a French warship inflicts severe damage upon his ship, a captain of the British Royal Navy begins a chase over two oceans to capture or destroy the enemy, though he must weigh his commitment to duty and ...
Style: exciting, tense, epic, serious, suspenseful ...
Plot: ship, napoleonic wars, sea battle, navy, adventure, leadership, battles, naval battle, heroic mission, sailboat, escapades, naturalist ...
Time: 19th century, 18th century
Place: england, france, brazil, europe, pacific ocean
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 7.7
 293K
Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Canada, Japan
Duration: 140 min.
Story: The true story of technical troubles that scuttle the Apollo 13 lunar mission in 1971, risking the lives of astronaut Jim Lovell and his crew, with the failed journey turning into a thrilling saga of heroism. Drifting more than 200,000 miles from ...
Style: factual, realistic, suspenseful, breathtaking, epic ...
Audience: family outing, kids, boys' night
Plot: astronaut, survival, outer space, space travel, nasa, disaster, space exploration, space program, rescue, trapped in space, race against time, spacecraft ...
Time: 70s, 60s, 20th century, year 1969, year 1970
Place: houston texas, usa, florida, pacific ocean, texas ...
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 8.0
 155K
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: political, suspense, enigmatic, tense, thought provoking ...
Plot: political conspiracy, investigation, president, kennedy assassination, assassination, gay slur, conspiracy, legal, cia, assassination of president, politics, fighting the system ...
Time: 60s, year 1963, 20th century
Place: new orleans, washington d.c., austin texas, dallas texas, vietnam ...
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 7.8
 134K
Glory (1989)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 122 min.
Story: 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.
Style: epic, realistic, inspirational, factual, intense ...
Plot: american civil war, civil war, war, battles, racism, slavery, freedom, prejudice, human spirit, military, heroic mission, african american ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, victorian era
Place: massachusetts, south carolina, usa, boston, new england
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Chernobyl: Abyss (2019)
Genre: Drama, History, Romance
Country: Russia
Duration: 136 min.
Story: The film tells about the firefighter, heroically eliminating the consequences of the tragedy at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant.
Style: rough, sad, bleak, depressing, thought provoking ...
Plot: radiation, nuclear power plant, disaster, radiation sickness, nuclear reactor, evacuation, death, accident, firefighting, communism, rescue mission, hospital ...
Time: year 1986, 20th century, 80s
Place: chernobyl, ussr
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A Man for All Seasons (1966)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 120 min.
Story: A Man for All Seasons is the filmed version of the life of Thomas More. An English man comes to Sir Thomas More to ask if he can divorce his wife since King Henry VIII has made it illegal. Sir Thomas More stands up in opposition to the King even ...
Style: political, inspirational, sexy, talky, christian film ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: politics, lawyer, idealism, betrayal, catholic, religion, historical event, courtroom, renaissance, morality, christian, tudors ...
Time: 16th century
Place: england, new york, rome italy, vatican, europe
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 7.9
 48K
Togo (2019)
Genre: Adventure, Biography, Drama, Family, History
Country: USA
Duration: 113 min.
Story: The untold true story set in the winter of 1925 that takes you across the treacherous terrain of the Alaskan tundra for an exhilarating and uplifting adventure that will test the strength, courage and determination of one man, Leonhard Seppala, and ...
Style: captivating, suspense, atmospheric, exciting, tense ...
Audience: family outing
Plot: dog, dog sled, escapades, adventure, plague, puppy, blizzard, save the day, friendship, disney, delivery, snow ...
Time: 1920s, future, 1910s
Place: alaska, usa
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 7.6
 371K
The Illusionist (2006)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Country: USA, Czech Republic
Duration: 110 min.
Story: With his eye on a lovely aristocrat, a gifted illusionist named Eisenheim uses his powers to win her away from her betrothed, a crowned prince. But Eisenheim's scheme creates tumult within the monarchy and ignites the suspicion of a dogged ...
Style: surprise ending, captivating, enigmatic, atmospheric, twist ending ...
Audience: chick flick
Plot: magic, forbidden love, wizards and magicians, love triangle, secrets, investigation, death, magical, murder, police investigation, rivals, fame ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, 1890s, edwardian era, 1880s ...
Place: vienna, austria, london, europe, england
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 7.3
 64K
Belfast (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK
Duration: 98 min.
Story: Buddy is a young boy on the cusp of adolescence, whose life is filled with familial love, childhood hijinks, and a blossoming romance. Yet, with his beloved hometown caught up in increasing turmoil, his family faces a momentous choice: hope the ...
Style: captivating, psychological, disturbing, thought provoking
Plot: working class, child, life is a bitch, family relations, boy, society, social problems, social issues, parents and children, family, child protagonist, child's point of view ...
Time: 60s, year 1969, year 1970
Place: ireland
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 8.1
 512K
Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: Australia, USA
Duration: 139 min.
Story: WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Style: inspirational, touching, sentimental, brutal, emotional ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: world war two, war, conscientious objector, soldier, u.s. army, u.s. military, bible, american soldier, religion, pacifism, father son relationship, court martial ...
Time: 1940s, middle ages, year 1945, 20th century
Place: okinawa, japan, okinawa japan, tennessee, usa
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 7.3
 116K
The Way Back (2010)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates, Poland, India
Duration: 133 min.
Story: Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film ...
Style: rough, realistic, serious, bleak, epic ...
Plot: survival, escape, prison escape, wilderness, freedom, world war two, war, gulag, journey, pow, desert, human spirit ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s
Place: russia, india, himalaya, siberia, mongolia ...
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Judas and the Black Messiah (2021)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: Bill O'Neal infiltrates the Black Panthers per FBI Agent Mitchell and J. Edgar Hoover. As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.
Style: inspirational, disturbing, suspenseful, suspense, thought provoking ...
Plot: civil rights, violence, betrayal, murder, prison, informant, assassination, justice, politics, betrayal by friend, black history, street life ...
Time: 60s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois
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 7.8
 423K
The Big Short (2015)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: The men who made millions from a global economic meltdown.
Style: intellectual, realistic, tense, clever, suspense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: finance, wall street, business, stock market, financial crisis, economics, money, loan, economic crisis, bank, banking, greed ...
Time: 2000s, future, year 2007, 21st century, year 1933 ...
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, california, las vegas
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 8.1
 230K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama
Country: UK, India, USA, South Africa
Duration: 191 min.
Story: In the early years of the 20th century, Mohandas K. Gandhi, a British-trained lawyer, forsakes all worldly possessions to take up the cause of Indian independence. Faced with armed resistance from the British government, Gandhi adopts a policy of ...
Style: epic, political, inspirational, sexy, factual ...
Plot: idealism, human spirit, leadership, protest, freedom, lawyer, politics, independence, religious intolerance, peace, justice, life philosophy ...
Time: 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, year 1948, 19th century ...
Place: india, south africa, england, africa, vatican ...
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 8.4
 397K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, Music
Country: USA, France, Italy
Duration: 160 min.
Story: The incredible story of genius musician Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, told in flashback by his peer and secret rival Antonio Salieri – now confined to an insane asylum.
Style: inspirational, epic, clever, atmospheric, stylized ...
Plot: music, genius, mozart, classical music, composer, envy, musician, opera, obsession, musician's life, prodigy, character study ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1820s, 19th century ...
Place: vienna, austria, italy, europe, central europe
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 7.4
 199K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, War
Country: UK, USA, China
Duration: 125 min.
Story: A thrilling and inspiring true story begins on the eve of World War II as, within days of becoming Prime Minister of Great Britain, Winston Churchill must face one of his most turbulent and defining trials: exploring a negotiated peace treaty with ...
Style: political, serious, realistic, suspense, inspirational ...
Plot: world war two, british history, prime minister, politics, winston churchill, leader, british empire, leadership, decision, choice, british prime minister, british politics ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, dunkirk, united kingdom, britain, london ...
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