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: dramatic, realistic, suspense, based on true events, interesting and serious. Plot: mentor, storytelling, sacrifice, justice, betrayal, dialogue, catastrophe, courage, beautiful scenery and culture clash. Genre: Drama, History and Biography. Country: USA, UK and India.
Best History Movies
Best History Movies
TOP Movies: Schindler's List (1993), Hidden Figures (2016), First Man (2018), The Duchess (2008), 12 Years a Slave (2013), The King's Speech (2010), The Revenant (2015), Lincoln (2012), The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008), A Man for All Seasons (1966), The Illusionist (2006), Braveheart (1995), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Judas and the Black Messiah (2021), The Big Short (2015), Dunkirk (2017), The Two Popes (2019), Apollo 13 (1995), Darkest Hour (2017), Les Misérables (2012).

List of Best Movies

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: touching, thought provoking, serious, emotional, realistic ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, rescue, jewish, ghetto, war, wartime, nazi, anti semitism ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1930s, 1990s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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 7.8
 211K
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, sincere, factual, exciting, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, discrimination, genius, space program, african american woman, racial segregation, strong female character, stereotypes, prejudice, sexism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1962, 20th century
Place: virginia, langley virginia, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 177K
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, florida, usa, california, mojave desert
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 80K
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: dramatic, sexy, emotional, stylized, romantic ...
Audience: chick flick, girls' night
Plot: aristocracy, love triangle, love affair, infidelity, adultery, duchess, high society, marriage, marital infidelity, marital rape, destiny, mistress ...
Time: 18th century, 1780s, 1770s, georgian era, 19th century ...
Place: england, europe, london
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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, bleak, factual, rough ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, torture, civil rights, master and servant, blacks and whites, african american, human trafficking, confined ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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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: uplifting, inspirational, sincere, dramatic, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, british history, unlikely friendships, royal family, historical character, friendship, king, period piece, british royal family, queen, aristocracy, disability ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 736K
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, rough, suspenseful, exciting, tense ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: survival, wilderness, vengeance, lone hero, snow, bear attack, violence, native american, old west, obsessive quest, beautiful scenery, grizzly bear ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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 7.3
 251K
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: emotional, epic, captivating, factual, political ...
Plot: idealism, american civil war, president, racism, civil war, politics, historical character, head of state, slavery, american history, leadership, political unrest ...
Time: 19th century, 1860s, year 1865
Place: usa, washington d.c., california
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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas (2008)
Genre: Drama, History, 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: touching, heartbreaking, emotional, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: world war two, holocaust, concentration camp, jewish, against humanity, childhood, friendship, war, nazism, gas chamber, atrocity, wartime life ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, switzerland, berlin germany
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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: earnest, talky, contemplative, realistic, serious ...
Plot: idealism, execution, treason, ambition, period piece, death sentence, decapitation, oath, betrayal, hopes, dishonesty, intrigue ...
Time: 16th century, renaissance
Place: england, europe, rome italy, new york
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 7.6
 361K
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: captivating, enigmatic, surprise ending, atmospheric, psychological ...
Plot: love triangle, forbidden love, magic, investigation, wizards and magicians, period piece, death, murder, magical, secrets, rivals, rivalry ...
Time: victorian era, 19th century, victorian, 1890s, 1880s ...
Place: vienna, london, austria, england, europe
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 985K
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, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, freedom, warrior, courage, tragic hero, war, leadership, folk hero, idealism, heroes, love story, vengeance ...
Time: middle ages, 14th century, 13th century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, england, europe, united kingdom ...
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 463K
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: based on true events, inspirational, touching, sentimental, tense ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, u.s. army, u.s. military, conscientious objector, bible, american soldier, world war two, physician, soldier, pacifism, courage, pacifist ...
Time: 1940s, year 1945, 20th century
Place: okinawa, japan, usa, okinawa japan
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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.
Plot: black panther party, assassination, prison, violence, murder, gun, civil rights, betrayal by friend, betrayal, swimming pool, switchblade, poetry ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 385K
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: complex, intellectual, tense, realistic, suspense ...
Plot: financial crisis, money, finance, wall street, business, economic crisis, loan, stock market, bank, analysis, financier, economics ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, year 2007, year 2008, year 1933
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, las vegas, california
Is relevant ?
 7.8
 590K
Dunkirk (2017)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: UK, Netherlands, France, USA
Duration: 106 min.
Story: The story of the miraculous evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain, Canada and France, who were cut off and surrounded by the German army from the beaches and harbour of Dunkirk between May 26th and June 4th 1940 during World War II.
Style: dramatic, atmospheric, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, rescue mission, british history, wartime, warship, war, survival, evacuation, british army, military, military officer, army ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, english channel, england, united kingdom ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 114K
The Two Popes (2019)
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Country: UK, Italy
Duration: 125 min.
Story: Explores the relationship and opposing visions between two of the most powerful leaders in the Catholic Church, both of whom must address their own pasts and the demands of the modern world in order to move the church forward.
Style: thought provoking, humorous, psychological, based on true events
Plot: catholic church, pope, religion, catholicism, cardinal the priest, catholic, catholic priest, priest, guilt, forgiveness, confession, dark humor ...
Time: 21st century
Place: vatican, rome italy, buenos aires argentina, italy, argentina
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 279K
Apollo 13 (1995)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History
Country: USA
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, suspenseful, realistic, suspense, tense ...
Audience: boys' night, family outing
Plot: astronaut, nasa, space travel, space program, survival, spacecraft, race against time, rescue, outer space, trapped in space, moon, teamwork ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1969 ...
Place: usa, florida, texas, pacific ocean, houston texas ...
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 7.4
 184K
Darkest Hour (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, War
Country: UK, USA
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: based on true events, suspense, serious, realistic, harsh
Plot: british history, world war two, prime minister, winston churchill, politics, leader, wartime, british empire, leadership, historical character, choice, moral dilemma ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940
Place: england, united kingdom, europe, france, britain ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 317K
Les Misérables (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Musical, Romance, War
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: realistic, emotional, serious, captivating, suspense ...
Plot: redemption, revolution, prostitute, fall in love, rebellion, convict, mayor, haunted by the past, historical character, obsessive quest, orphan, family relations ...
Time: 19th century, 1930s
Place: france, paris france, europe, london
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 298K
Bridge of Spies (2015)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, Germany, India
Duration: 142 min.
Story: During the Cold War, the Soviet Union captures U.S. pilot Francis Gary Powers after shooting down his U-2 spy plane. Sentenced to 10 years in prison, Powers' only hope is New York lawyer James Donovan, recruited by a CIA operative to negotiate ...
Style: realistic, suspense, serious, tricky, intense ...
Plot: espionage, cold war, lawyer, spy, cia, pilot, rescue, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, 50s, 1950s ...
Place: soviet union, usa, ussr, europe, berlin germany ...
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Straight Outta Compton (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA
Duration: 147 min.
Story: In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, ...
Style: captivating, realistic, serious, lyrical, suspense ...
Plot: hip hop, gangster, music, rapper, musician's life, rap, racism, police brutality, rags to riches, gang, feud, profanity ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 1990s, 90s, year 1986 ...
Place: los angeles, california, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, new york ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 375K
Black Hawk Down (2001)
Genre: Drama, History, War
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 144 min.
Story: 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 casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.
Style: realistic, rough, suspenseful, disturbing, captivating ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: war, warrior, courage, sniper, rescue mission, u.s. military, battles, combat, marine, american soldier, chaos, helicopter ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1992, year 1993
Place: somalia, africa, north africa, arkansas, east africa ...
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 7.5
 183K
The Favourite (2018)
Genre: Biography, Comedy, Drama, History
Country: Ireland, UK, USA
Duration: 119 min.
Story: In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend Lady Sarah governs the country in her stead. When a new servant Abigail arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.
Style: factual, based on true events, emotional, cynical, melancholic ...
Plot: lesbian, queen, rivalry, aristocracy, lgbt, period piece, british history, queen of england, ambitious woman, rise and fall, british royal family, duchess ...
Time: 18th century, 1700s
Place: britain, england
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The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA, UK, India
Duration: 129 min.
Story: What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest — including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale ...
Style: factual, political, serious, suspense, thought provoking ...
Plot: courtroom drama, activist, injustice, political activism, hippie, riot, protest, court, protest march, trial, political persecution, courtroom ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1969, year 1994, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois, ohio, mississippi, mississippi river, connecticut ...
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Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller, War
Country: USA, United Arab Emirates
Duration: 157 min.
Story: 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 in May, 2011.
Style: tense, suspenseful, realistic, rough, talky ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: terrorism, cia, manhunt, military, swat team, espionage, assassination, al qaeda, 9/11, terrorist, terrorist group, helicopter ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, september 11 2001, year 2011, 2010s ...
Place: pakistan, middle east, iraq, baghdad iraq, london ...
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 504K
Troy (2004)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, Malta, UK
Duration: 163 min.
Story: In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was ...
Style: epic, heroic, exciting, serious, stylized ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: warrior, mythology, sword fight, courage, greek mythology, army, ancient, battlefield, betrayal, tragic hero, war, forbidden love ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe, paris france
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 223K
Gandhi (1982)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
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: realistic, emotional, uplifting, serious, factual ...
Plot: human spirit, leadership, idealism, freedom, protest, muslim, religious intolerance, fighting the system, political unrest, politics, state affairs, life philosophy ...
Time: 1910s, 20th century, 1920s, 1930s, 1940s ...
Place: india, england, new delhi, europe, asia ...
Is relevant ?
 8.3
 380K
Amadeus (1984)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Music
Country: USA, France, Czechoslovakia, 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: stylized, captivating, inspirational, clever, atmospheric ...
Plot: mozart, envy, music, musician's life, prodigy, genius, success, composer, character study, emperor, classical music, uninhibited rivalry ...
Time: 18th century, 1790s, 1780s, 1820s, 19th century ...
Place: vienna, austria, europe, italy, central europe
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Shakespeare in Love (1998)
Genre: Comedy, Drama, History, Romance
Country: USA, UK
Duration: 123 min.
Story: Young Shakespeare is forced to stage his latest comedy, "Romeo and Ethel, the Pirate's Daughter," before it's even written. When a lovely noblewoman auditions for a role, they fall into forbidden love -- and his play finds a new ...
Style: stylized, romantic, sweet, inspirational, witty ...
Audience: girls' night, date night, chick flick
Plot: forbidden love, cross dressing, theater, writer's life, shakespeare, love and romance, lovers, verbal byplay, hidden identity, unlikely couple, gender, muse ...
Time: 16th century, 1930s
Place: england, europe, london
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