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: suspense, realistic, serious, intense, based on true events and dramatic. Plot: storytelling, courage, mentor, catastrophe, sacrifice, death, justice, father son relationship, betrayal and dialogue. Genre: History, Drama and Biography. Country: USA, UK and India.
Best History Movies
Best History Movies
TOP Movies: Schindler's List (1993), Hidden Figures (2016), Hacksaw Ridge (2016), Troy (2004), Braveheart (1995), 12 Years a Slave (2013), Hamilton (2020), The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020), The Big Short (2015), Straight Outta Compton (2015), The King's Speech (2010), Black Hawk Down (2001), First Man (2018), The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (2008), Apollo 13 (1995), The Revenant (2015), Bridge of Spies (2015), Dark Waters (2019), The Impossible (2012), Silence (2016).

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, realistic, emotional, bleak ...
Plot: holocaust, world war two, concentration camp, genocide, against humanity, ghetto, jewish, rescue, anti semitism, nazi, wartime, war ...
Time: 20th century, 1940s, 1990s, 1930s, 90s
Place: poland, germany, europe, central europe, israel
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 7.8
 199K
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, exciting, sincere, touching ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: racism, mathematics, nasa, discrimination, space program, african american woman, strong female character, racial segregation, scientist, prejudice, genius, sexism ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1961, year 1962, 20th century
Place: usa, langley virginia, virginia
Is relevant ?
 8.1
 432K
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, brutal ...
Audience: girls' night
Plot: war, u.s. army, conscientious objector, u.s. military, bible, world war two, physician, soldier, pacifism, courage, american soldier, war violence ...
Time: 1940s, 20th century, year 1945
Place: okinawa, japan, okinawa japan, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 487K
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, exciting, serious, stylized, rough ...
Audience: boys' night, date night, teens, girls' night
Plot: warrior, sword fight, mythology, army, courage, battlefield, betrayal, greek mythology, tragic hero, conquering, heroic, forbidden love ...
Time: ancient history, ancient world
Place: greece, ancient greece, europe, paris france
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 8.3
 955K
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, exciting, bloody ...
Audience: boys' night
Plot: battles, freedom, warrior, tragic hero, war, courage, heroes, leadership, folk hero, vengeance, idealism, love story ...
Time: middle ages, 13th century, 14th century
Place: scotland, scottish highlands, england, europe, edinburgh scotland ...
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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, bleak, heartbreaking, factual, brutal ...
Plot: slavery, freedom, racism, life is a bitch, interracial relations, master and servant, torture, civil rights, blacks and whites, african american, confined, rape ...
Time: 19th century, 1840s, 18th century
Place: louisiana, new orleans, usa, new york, washington d.c.
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 8.6
 50K
Hamilton (2020)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Musical
Country: USA
Duration: 160 min.
Story: Presenting the tale of American founding father Alexander Hamilton, this filmed version of the original Broadway smash hit is the story of America then, told by America now.
Style: epic
Plot: american history, hip hop, filmed play, friendship, death, husband wife relationship, murder, father son relationship, flashback, violence, disney, shot to death ...
Time: 18th century
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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: thought provoking, serious, political, factual, suspense ...
Plot: activist, political activism, courtroom drama, courtroom, riot, trial, injustice, protest march, black panther party, politician, attorney general, lawyer ...
Time: 60s, 1960s, year 1969, year 1968
Place: chicago illinois
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 7.8
 359K
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, tense, suspense, realistic, interesting ...
Plot: financial crisis, money, wall street, loan, finance, stock market, business, bank, economic crisis, analysis, economics, expose ...
Time: 2000s, 21st century, year 2008, year 2007, year 1933
Place: new york, manhattan new york city, las vegas, california
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Professor Marston & the Wonder Women (2017)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 108 min.
Story: The unconventional life of Dr. William Marston, the Harvard psychologist and inventor who helped invent the modern lie detector test and created Wonder Woman in 1941.
Style: factual, psychological, sentimental, captivating
Plot: polyamory, bdsm, lesbian, lgbt, superheroine, bisexual, psychologist, lesbianism, seduction, friendship, justice, harvard ...
Time: 1940s, year 1941, year 1972, year 1985, year 1947 ...
Place: ancient greece, connecticut, louisiana, ireland, england ...
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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, music, musician's life, rap, police brutality, rapper, gangster, rags to riches, racism, profanity, gang, feud ...
Time: 80s, 20th century, 90s, 1990s, year 1988 ...
Place: los angeles, california, milwaukee wisconsin, usa, ohio ...
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The King's Speech (2010)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK, USA, Australia
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, dramatic, sincere, serious ...
Plot: stuttering, historical character, royal family, unlikely friendships, british history, friendship, king, queen, disability, aristocracy, world war two, politics ...
Time: 1930s, 40s, pre world war two, 30s, 20th century ...
Place: england, britain, europe, london, buckingham palace ...
Is relevant ?
 7.7
 363K
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: sniper, war, warrior, courage, battles, u.s. military, gunfight, marine, chaos, survival, helicopter, army ...
Time: 90s, 1990s, 20th century, year 1992, year 1993
Place: somalia, africa, north africa, arkansas, iraq
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 7.3
 167K
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, disturbing, factual, exciting ...
Plot: moon landing, space exploration, test pilot, space mission, space travel, astronaut, moon, nasa, historical event, husband wife relationship, human in outer space, male protagonist ...
Time: 1960s, 60s, 20th century, year 1966, year 1964 ...
Place: usa, california, florida, houston texas, mojave desert
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Arthur & Merlin: Knights of Camelot (2020)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: UK
Duration: 90 min.
Story: King Arthur returns home after fighting the Roman Empire. His illegitimate son has corrupted the throne of Camelot and King Arthur must reunite with the wizard Merlin and the Knights of the Round Table to fight to get back his crown.
Style: exciting, humorous, captivating, epic, semi serious ...
Audience: family outing, teens
Plot: king arthur, camelot, knight, friendship, wizards, king, master servant relationship, arthurian legend, wizards and magicians, escapades, royal court, father son relationship ...
Time: middle ages
Place: england, europe
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The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (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, emotional, heartbreaking, serious, twists and turns ...
Audience: kids
Plot: holocaust, world war two, jewish, concentration camp, childhood, friendship, against humanity, nazism, atrocity, nazi, gas chamber, war ...
Time: 40s, 1940s, 20th century
Place: germany, poland, europe, berlin germany, switzerland
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 268K
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 program, space travel, survival, spacecraft, catastrophe, race against time, outer space, rescue, trapped in space, moon ...
Time: 60s, 70s, 20th century, 1960s, year 1970 ...
Place: usa, florida, houston texas, pacific ocean, texas ...
Is relevant ?
 8.0
 701K
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, native american, bear attack, lone hero, violence, snow, adventure, old west, beautiful scenery, grizzly bear ...
Time: 19th century, 1820s
Place: usa
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 7.6
 286K
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, spy, cia, lawyer, pilot, rescue, legal, danger, justice, mission, undercover ...
Time: 20th century, 60s, 1960s, year 1960, year 1957 ...
Place: soviet union, usa, europe, berlin germany, east germany ...
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 57K
Dark Waters (2019)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History, Thriller
Country: USA
Duration: 126 min.
Story: A corporate defense attorney takes on an environmental lawsuit against the DuPont chemical company that exposes a lengthy history of pollution.
Style: factual, thought provoking, realistic, serious, compassionate ...
Plot: contamination, lawsuit, legal investigation, lawyer, fighting the system, price of justice, courtroom drama, corporate crime, uncover truth, legal action, corporate crimes, investigation ...
Time: 1990s, 90s, year 2012, year 2003, year 1975 ...
Place: west virginia, ohio, cincinnati ohio
Is relevant ?
 7.6
 200K
The Impossible (2012)
Genre: Drama, History, Thriller
Country: Spain, Thailand, USA
Duration: 114 min.
Story: In December 2004, close-knit family Maria, Henry and their three sons begin their winter vacation in Thailand. But the day after Christmas, the idyllic holiday turns into an incomprehensible nightmare when a terrifying roar rises from the depths of ...
Style: heartbreaking, motivational, captivating, suspense, tear jerker ...
Plot: survival, tsunami, natural disaster, catastrophe, family in danger, courage, disaster film, forces of nature, tragedy, destruction, danger, ocean ...
Time: 21st century, contemporary, 2000s, year 2004
Place: thailand, asia, southeast asia
Is relevant ?
 7.2
 100K
Silence (2016)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA, UK, Taiwan, Japan, Mexico, Italy
Duration: 161 min.
Story: Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.
Style: philosophical, stylized, bleak, suspense, melancholic ...
Plot: christianity, missionary, crisis of faith, religious persecution, torture, culture clash, clergy, portuguese, betrayal, japanese history, religion, doubt ...
Time: 17th century
Place: japan, asia, tokyo
Is relevant ?
 7.9
 550K
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: atmospheric, dramatic, epic, suspense, realistic ...
Plot: world war two, british history, rescue mission, wartime, warship, survival, british army, evacuation, war, army, military officer, military ...
Time: 1940s, year 1940, 20th century
Place: europe, france, england, english channel, flanders
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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: atmospheric, captivating, suspense, tense, exciting
Plot: dog sled, dog, blizzard, plague, training, snow, adventure, save the day, friendship, escapades, delivery, storm ...
Time: 1920s
Place: alaska, usa
Is relevant ?
 7.0
 62K
Greyhound (2020)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA, Canada, China
Duration: 91 min.
Story: A first-time captain leads a convoy of allied ships carrying thousands of soldiers across the treacherous waters of the “Black Pit” to the front lines of WW2. With no air cover protection for 5 days, the captain and his convoy must battle the ...
Style: suspense, serious, tragic, exciting, emotional ...
Plot: u.s. navy, submarine, navy, world war two, warship, war, ocean, ship captain, convoy, ocean or sea, german soldier, sea ...
Time: 1940s
Place: atlantic ocean
Is relevant ?
 7.3
 54K
Woman in Gold (2015)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History
Country: UK
Duration: 109 min.
Story: 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 rightfully belongs to her family. She did so not just to regain ...
Style: based on true events, captivating, realistic, uplifting, sincere ...
Plot: holocaust, injustice, art, art theft, stolen painting, courtroom drama, legal action, legal, life is a bitch, fighting the system, justice, nazi ...
Time: 20th century, 1990s, 90s, 1930s
Place: austria, vienna, los angeles, california, pasadena california ...
Is relevant ?
 7.4
 12K
Recount (2008)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: USA
Duration: 116 min.
Story: A chronicle of the weeks after the 2000 U.S. presidential election and the subsequent recounts in Florida.
Style: realistic, captivating, serious, factual, intense ...
Plot: political conspiracy, politics, election, presidential election, democrat, campaign, republican, political corruption, state affairs, dishonesty, americana, legal action ...
Time: 21st century, year 2000
Place: usa, florida, texas, washington d.c., new jersey ...
Is relevant ?
 6.9
 38K
Suffragette (2015)
Genre: Drama, History
Country: UK, France
Duration: 106 min.
Story: Based on true events about the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement who were forced underground to evade the State.
Style: captivating, factual, inspirational, bleak, visually appealing ...
Plot: fighting the system, feminism, rebellion, women, rebelliousness, gender, feminist, politics, adoption, prejudice, working class, idealism ...
Time: 1900s, 1910s, 19th century, 20th century, year 1912 ...
Place: england, london, europe, israel, ireland ...
Is relevant ?
 6.6
 67K
12 Strong (2018)
Genre: Action, Drama, History, War
Country: USA
Duration: 130 min.
Story: A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.
Style: based on true events, suspenseful, exciting, touching, rough ...
Plot: heroism, taliban, behind enemy lines, al qaeda, machismo, soldier, cia, swat team, military, murder, heroes, battles ...
Time: september 11 2001, 2000s, year 2001, 21st century
Place: afghanistan, usa, middle east
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The 13th Warrior (1999)
Genre: Action, Adventure, History
Country: USA
Duration: 102 min.
Story: In AD 922, Arab courtier, Ahmad Ibn Fadlan accompanies a party of Vikings to the barbaric North to combat a terror that slaughters Vikings and devours their flesh.
Style: exciting, epic, suspenseful, scenic, rough ...
Plot: vikings, barbarian, mission, battles, adventure, danger, heroic mission, viking, kingdom, cave, heroes, gory ...
Time: middle ages, 10th century, ancient times
Place: scandinavia, iraq
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