Top 20 History Movies Ever: Audience Favorites Ranked!

Roll out the red carpet and dust off your time machine, because we’re about to embark on a cinematic journey through the ages! Welcome to our definitive ranking of the top 20 history movies ever made, as voted by you, the audience. From the grandeur of ancient empires to the gritty realities of modern warfare, these films have not only entertained us but also educated us, bringing history to life in the most dramatic way possible. So, whether you’re a history buff, a movie enthusiast, or just someone who loves a good story, prepare to be captivated. These aren’t just films, they’re time capsules, transporting us back to moments that have shaped our world. So grab your popcorn, sit back, and let’s dive into the past as we countdown the audience’s favorite history movies of all time. Lights, camera, action…history!
Schindler's List

Schindler’s List

Release Date: 1993-12-15

Genres: Drama, History, War

“Schindler’s List” is a powerful and moving historical drama released on December 15, 1993. Starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, the film tells the true story of Oskar Schindler, a businessman who saved the lives of over a thousand Jewish people during World War II by employing them in his factory and protecting them from the Nazis. It’s a must-watch for its gripping portrayal of courage and humanity in the face of unimaginable adversity.

Cast: Liam Neeson (Oskar Schindler) , Ben Kingsley (Itzhak Stern) , Ralph Fiennes (Amon Goeth) , Caroline Goodall (Emilie Schindler) , Jonathan Sagall (Poldek Pfefferberg) , Embeth Davidtz (Helen Hirsch) , Malgorzata Gebel (Viktoria Klonowska) , Shmuel Levy (Wilek Chilowicz) , Mark Ivanir (Marcel Goldberg) , Béatrice Macola (Ingrid) , Andrzej Seweryn (Julian Scherner) , Friedrich von Thun (Rolf Czurda) , Krzysztof Luft (Herman Toffel) , Harry Nehring (Leo John) , Norbert Weisser (Albert Hujar) , Adi Nitzan (Mila Pfefferberg) , Michael Schneider (Juda Dresner) , Miri Fabian (Chaja Dresner) , Anna Mucha (Danka Dresner) , Albert Misak (Mordecai Wulkan) , Michael Gordon (Mr. Nussbaum) , Aldona Grochal (Mrs. Nussbaum) , Jacek Wójcicki (Henry Rosner) , Beata Paluch (Manci Rosner) , Piotr Polk (Leo Rosner)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Steven Zaillian, Thomas Keneally

Tags: based on novel or book, factory, concentration camp, hero, holocaust (shoah), ss (nazi schutzstaffel), world war ii, ghetto, jew persecution, kraków, poland, auschwitz-birkenau concentration camp, industrialist, nazi, defense industry, biography, based on true story, historical fiction, black and white, train, poland, weapons manufacturer



Release Date: 2023-07-19

Genres: Drama, History

“Oppenheimer” is an upcoming historical movie set to release on July 19, 2023. Starring a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy, Emily Blunt, Matt Damon, Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Josh Hartnett, Casey Affleck, Rami Malek, Kenneth Branagh, and Benny Safdie, the film tells the captivating story of J. Robert Oppenheimer’s pivotal role in developing the atomic bomb during World War II. It promises to be an intriguing and thought-provoking exploration of a significant moment in history.

Cast: Cillian Murphy (J. Robert Oppenheimer) , Emily Blunt (Kitty Oppenheimer) , Matt Damon (Leslie Groves) , Robert Downey Jr. (Lewis Strauss) , Florence Pugh (Jean Tatlock) , Josh Hartnett (Ernest Lawrence) , Casey Affleck (Boris Pash) , Rami Malek (David Hill) , Kenneth Branagh (Niels Bohr) , Benny Safdie (Edward Teller) , Jason Clarke (Roger Robb) , Dylan Arnold (Frank Oppenheimer) , Tom Conti (Albert Einstein) , James D’Arcy (Patrick Blackett) , David Dastmalchian (William Borden) , Dane DeHaan (Kenneth Nichols) , Alden Ehrenreich (Senate Aide) , Tony Goldwyn (Gordon Gray) , Jefferson Hall (Haakon Chevalier) , David Krumholtz (Isidor Rabi) , Matthew Modine (Vannevar Bush) , Scott Grimes (Counsel) , Kurt Koehler (Thomas Morgan) , John Gowans (Ward Evans) , Macon Blair (Lloyd Garrison)

Directors: Christopher Nolan

Writers: Christopher Nolan, Martin J. Sherwin, Kai Bird

Tags: based on novel or book, husband wife relationship, new mexico, patriotism, atomic bomb, world war ii, atomic bomb test, biography, physics, politics, physicist, based on true story, jewish american, guilt, nuclear weapons, red scare, prometheus, 1940s, ethics, new mexico desert, 20th century, manhattan project, los alamos



Release Date: 2020-07-03

Genres: History, Drama

“Hamilton” is a captivating history movie that brings to life the story of Alexander Hamilton, one of America’s founding fathers. With an incredible cast including Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., and Renée Elise Goldsberry, this filmed version of the original Broadway hit takes us on a journey through America’s past, told through the lens of the present. Get ready to be immersed in the fascinating tale of Hamilton when it hits the screens on July 3, 2020.

Cast: Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton) , Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr) , Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler) , Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton) , Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette / Thomas Jefferson) , Christopher Jackson (George Washington) , Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler / Maria Reynolds) , Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan / James Madison) , Anthony Ramos (John Laurens / Philip Hamilton) , Jonathan Groff (King George III) , Carleigh Bettiol (Ensemble) , Ariana DeBose (Ensemble) , Hope Easterbrook (Ensemble) , Sydney James Harcourt (Phillip Schuyler / James Reynolds / Doctor / Ensemble) , Sasha Hutchings (Ensemble) , Thayne Jasperson (Samuel Seabury / Ensemble) , Elizabeth Judd (Ensemble) , Jon Rua (Charles Lee / Ensemble) , Austin Smith (Ensemble) , Seth Stewart (Ensemble) , Ephraim Sykes (George Eacker / Ensemble)

Directors: Thomas Kail

Writers: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ron Chernow

Tags: upper class, corruption, adultery, presidential election, musical, biography, stage show, based on play or musical, 18th century, broadway musical, pistol duel, revolutionary war, founding fathers, stage musical, filmed play, live theatre

Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan

Release Date: 1998-07-24

Genres: Drama, History, War

“Saving Private Ryan” is a gripping war film set during the D-Day invasion of Normandy in World War II. It follows a group of soldiers led by Captain John Miller, played by Tom Hanks, who embark on a dangerous mission to bring a young soldier, played by Matt Damon, back home after his three brothers are killed in action. Released in 1998, this movie features an incredible ensemble cast and offers a realistic and intense portrayal of the horrors of war.

Cast: Tom Hanks (Captain John H. Miller) , Tom Sizemore (Technical Sergeant Michael Horvath) , Edward Burns (Private Richard Reiben) , Matt Damon (Private James Francis Ryan) , Barry Pepper (Private Daniel Jackson) , Adam Goldberg (Private Stanley Mellish) , Vin Diesel (Private Adrian Caparzo) , Giovanni Ribisi (T-Medic Irwin Wade) , Ted Danson (Captain Fred Hamill) , Jeremy Davies (Corporal Timothy Upham) , Paul Giamatti (Sergeant William Hill) , Dennis Farina (Lieutenant Colonel Walter Anderson) , Joerg Stadler (Steamboat Willie) , Max Martini (Corporal Henderson) , Dylan Bruno (Toynbe) , Daniel Cerqueira (Weller) , Demetri Goritsas (Parker) , Ian Porter (Trask) , Gary Sefton (Rice) , Julian Spencer (Garrity) , Steve Griffin (Wilson) , William Marsh (Lyle) , Marc Cass (Fallon) , Markus Napier (Major Hoess) , Neil Finnighan (Ramelle Paratrooper)

Directors: Steven Spielberg

Writers: Robert Rodat, John Greaves

Tags: war crimes, self sacrifice, war veteran, world war ii, war ship, airplane, bravery, normandy, france, parachute, troops, waffen ss, omaha beach, army, epic, cowardice, d-day, based on true story, rescue mission, war memorial, deserted town, soldier, death, military, military operation, 1940s

Hacksaw Ridge

Hacksaw Ridge

Release Date: 2016-10-07

Genres: Drama, History, War

“Hacksaw Ridge” is a gripping World War II movie based on the true story of Desmond T. Doss, an American Army Medic. Set during the Battle of Okinawa, it follows Doss as he bravely serves his country without ever picking up a weapon, ultimately becoming the first Conscientious Objector in American history to be awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor. With a talented cast including Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, and Vince Vaughn, this powerful film was released on October 7, 2016, and is considered one of the best history movies of all time.

Cast: Andrew Garfield (Desmond T. Doss) , Sam Worthington (Captain Glover) , Vince Vaughn (Sergeant Howell) , Teresa Palmer (Dorothy Schuttle) , Luke Bracey (Smitty Ryker) , Hugo Weaving (Tom Doss) , Rachel Griffiths (Bertha Doss) , Ryan Corr (Lt. Manville) , Richard Roxburgh (Colonel Stelzer) , Goran D. Kleut (Andy ‘Ghoul’ Walker) , Luke Pegler (Milt ‘Hollywood’ Zane) , Firass Dirani (Vito Rinnelli) , Nathaniel Buzolic (Harold Doss) , Ori Pfeffer (Irv Schecter) , Matt Nable (Lt. Cooney) , Jacob Warner (James Pinnick) , Richard Pyros (Randall “Teach” Fuller) , Ben Mingay (Grease Nolan) , Harry Greenwood (Henry Brown) , Damien Thomlinson (Ralph Morgan) , Robert Morgan (Colonel Sangston) , Milo Gibson (Lucky Ford) , John Batziolas (Private Schulenburg) , Mikael Koski (Private Giles) , Charles Jacobs (Private Webb)

Directors: Mel Gibson

Writers: Robert Schenkkan, Andrew Knight

Tags: japan, world war ii, violent father, pacifism, bible, biography, okinawa, conscientious objector, based on true story, gore, religion, soldier, alcoholic, war hero, medic, us military, battle of okinawa, congressional medal of honor

Das Boot

Das Boot

Release Date: 1981-09-17

Genres: Drama, History, War

“Das Boot” is a gripping German war film released in 1981. Set during World War II, it follows the intense journey of a German submarine and its crew as they hunt down allied ships, only to find themselves becoming the hunted. With a talented cast including Jürgen Prochnow and Herbert Grönemeyer, this movie takes you on a thrilling and suspenseful underwater adventure, showcasing the crew’s struggle for survival and the limits they push themselves to.

Cast: Jürgen Prochnow (Captain Lieutenant ‘Der Alte’) , Herbert Grönemeyer (Lieutenant Werner) , Klaus Wennemann (Chief Engineer) , Hubertus Bengsch (First Watch Officer) , Martin Semmelrogge (Second Watch Officer) , Bernd Tauber (Kriechbaum) , Erwin Leder (Johann ‘Das Gespenst’) , Martin May (Ullmann) , Heinz Hoenig (Hinrich) , Uwe Ochsenknecht (Chief Bosun) , Claude-Oliver Rudolph (Ario) , Jan Fedder (Pilgrim) , Rita Cadillac (Monique) , Ralf Richter (Frenssen) , Joachim Bernhard (Preacher) , Oliver Stritzel (Schwalle) , Konrad Becker (Bockstiegel) , Lutz Schnell (Dufte) , Martin Hemme (Brückenwilli) , Otto Sander (Phillip Thomsen) , Günter Lamprecht (Weser Captain) , Thomas Boxhammer () , Roger Barth () , Günther Franke (Weser First Officer) , Christian Bendomir ()

Directors: Wolfgang Petersen

Writers: Wolfgang Petersen, Lothar-Günther Buchheim, Dean Riesner

Tags: submarine, based on novel or book, atlantic ocean, gibraltar, world war ii, duty, war correspondent, suicide mission, drinking, sailor, convoy, destroyer, naval warfare, naval battle, battle of the atlantic



Release Date: 1985-06-01

Genres: Action, Drama, History

“Ran” is a captivating historical epic directed by the legendary Akira Kurosawa. Set in sixteenth-century Japan, this late-life masterpiece reimagines Shakespeare’s King Lear, delving into the destructive consequences of war and the disintegration of a family torn apart by betrayal, greed, and the relentless pursuit of power. With a stellar cast including Tatsuya Nakadai, Akira Terao, and Jinpachi Nezu, this 1985 film offers a profound examination of human folly and the tragic downfall of a once-mighty dynasty.

Cast: Tatsuya Nakadai (Lord Hidetora Ichimonji) , Akira Terao (Taro Takatora Ichimonji) , Jinpachi Nezu (Jiro Masatora Ichimonji) , Daisuke Ryū (Saburo Naotora Ichimonji) , Mieko Harada (Lady Kaede) , Yoshiko Miyazaki (Lady Sue) , Mansai Nomura (Tsurumaru) , Hisashi Igawa (Shuri Kurogane) , Shinnosuke Ikehata (Kyoami) , Masayuki Yui (Tango Hirayama) , Kazuo Katō (Kageyu Ikoma) , Norio Matsui (Shumenosuke Ogura) , Toshiya Ito (Mondo Naganuma) , Heihachiro Suzuki (Fujimaki’s General) , Kenji Kodama (Samon Shirane) , Haruko Tōgō (Kaede’s lady in waiting) , Reiko Nanjo (Hideota’s concubine) , Tokie Kanda (Sue’s lady in waiting) , Sawako Kochi (Hidetora’s concubine) , Kumeko Otowa (Sue’s lady in waiting) , Takeshi Katō (Koyota Hatakeyama) , Jun Tazaki (Seiji Ayabe) , Hitoshi Ueki (Nobuhiro Fujimaki) , Takao Zushi () , Yoshitaka Zushi ()

Directors: Akira Kurosawa

Writers: Akira Kurosawa, Hideo Oguni, William Shakespeare, Masato Ide

Tags: assassination, gun, castle, kingdom, greed, heir to the throne, epic, revenge, descent into madness, seppuku, inheritance fight, ruins, king lear, feudal japan, black widow, hopelessness

Hidden Figures

Hidden Figures

Release Date: 2016-12-10

Genres: Drama, History

“Hidden Figures” is an inspiring and untold story about three brilliant African-American women, Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson, who worked at NASA during a time of racial and gender discrimination. Together, they played a crucial role in launching astronaut John Glenn into orbit, breaking barriers and inspiring generations to dream big. With a star-studded cast including Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, and Janelle Monáe, this 2016 release is a must-watch for history buffs and anyone looking for a powerful and uplifting true story.

Cast: Taraji P. Henson (Katherine G. Johnson) , Octavia Spencer (Dorothy Vaughan) , Janelle Monáe (Mary Jackson) , Kevin Costner (Al Harrison) , Kirsten Dunst (Vivian Mitchell) , Jim Parsons (Paul Stafford) , Mahershala Ali (Jim Johnson) , Glen Powell (John Glenn) , Ariana Neal (Joylette Johnson) , Saniyya Sidney (Constance Johnson) , Zani Jones Mbayise (Kathy Johnson) , Donna Biscoe (Joylette Coleman) , Olek Krupa (Karl Zielinski) , Aldis Hodge (Levi Jackson) , Kimberly Quinn (Ruth) , Frank Hoyt Taylor (Judge) , Lidya Jewett (Young Katherine) , Karan Kendrick (Younger Joylette) , Jaiden Kaine (Joshua Coleman) , Kurt Krause (Sam Turner) , Ken Strunk (Jim Webb) , Selah Kimbro Jones (Carolyn Marie Jackson) , Tre Stokes (Levi Jackson Jr.) , Corey Mendell Parker (Howard Vaughan) , Ashton Tyler (Leonard Vaughan)

Directors: Theodore Melfi

Writers: Allison Schroeder, Theodore Melfi, Margot Lee Shetterly

Tags: nasa, sexism, biography, mathematics, racial segregation, racism, historical fiction, scientist, space race, discrimination, 1960s, space program, african american history

The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Release Date: 1980-10-09

Genres: Drama, History

“The Elephant Man” is a captivating historical drama released in 1980. Based on the true story of Joseph Merrick, it follows a compassionate Victorian surgeon who saves a severely disfigured man from a life of mistreatment as a circus attraction. As the film unfolds, we witness the remarkable intelligence and sensitivity hidden behind the protagonist’s monstrous appearance. With an incredible cast including Anthony Hopkins, John Hurt, and Anne Bancroft, this movie offers a touching portrayal of humanity and the power of empathy in 19th century London.

Cast: Anthony Hopkins (Dr. Frederick Treves) , John Hurt (John Merrick) , Anne Bancroft (Mrs. Kendal) , John Gielgud (Carr Gomm) , Wendy Hiller (Mothershead) , Freddie Jones (Bytes) , Michael Elphick (Night Porter) , Hannah Gordon (Mrs. Anne Treves) , Helen Ryan (Princess Alex) , John Standing (Dr. Fox) , Dexter Fletcher (Bytes’ Boy) , Lesley Dunlop (Nora) , Phoebe Nicholls (Merrick’s Mother) , Pat Gorman (Fairground Bobby) , Claire Davenport (Fat Lady) , Orla Pederson (Skeleton Man) , Patsy Smart (Distraught Woman) , Frederick Treves (Alderman) , Stromboli (Fire Eater) , Richard Hunter (Hodges) , James Cormack (Pierce) , Robert Lewis Bush (Messenger) , Roy Evans (Cabman) , Joan Rhodes (Cook) , Nula Conwell (Nurse Kathleen)

Directors: David Lynch

Writers: David Lynch, Eric Bergren, Christopher De Vore, Ashley Montagu, Frederick Treves

Tags: exploitation, biography, based on true story, hospital, curiosity, sideshow, disfigurement, physical deformity, freak, 19th century, dignity



Release Date: 1984-09-19

Genres: History, Music, Drama

“Amadeus” is a captivating historical drama released in 1984 that delves into the intense rivalry between two brilliant composers, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Antonio Salieri. Fueled by Salieri’s jealousy and resentment towards Mozart’s talent and extravagant lifestyle, the movie takes us on a gripping journey as Salieri becomes consumed by his obsession with Mozart’s downfall. With a stellar cast including F. Murray Abraham and Tom Hulce, this film offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of classical music and the consequences of envy.

Cast: F. Murray Abraham (Antonio Salieri) , Tom Hulce (Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart) , Elizabeth Berridge (Constanze Mozart) , Roy Dotrice (Leopold Mozart) , Simon Callow (Emanuel Schikaneder) , Christine Ebersole (Katerina Cavalieri) , Jeffrey Jones (Emperor Joseph II) , Barbara Bryne (Mrs. Weber) , Cynthia Nixon (Lorl) , Douglas Seale (Count Arco) , Charles Kay (Count Orsini-Rosenberg) , Kenny Baker (Parody Commendatore) , Martin Cavina (Young Salieri) , Roderick Cook (Count Von Strack) , Milan Demjanenko (Karl Mozart) , Peter DiGesu (Francesco Salieri) , Patrick Hines (Kappelmeister Bonno) , Nicholas Kepros (Archbishop Colloredo) , Philip Lenkowsky (Salieri’s Servant (uncredited)) , Lisbeth Bartlett (Papagena (uncredited)) , Richard Frank (Father Vogler (uncredited)) , Herman Meckler (Priest (uncredited)) , Jonathan Moore (Baron Van Swieten (uncredited)) , Brian Pettifer (Hospital Attendant (uncredited)) , Vincent Schiavelli (Salieri’s Valet (uncredited))

Directors: Miloš Forman

Writers: Peter Shaffer

Tags: italy, austria, composer, opera, talent, emperor, musician, marriage crisis, mozart, god, murder, vienna, austria, envy, 18th century



Release Date: 1995-11-22

Genres: Crime, Drama

“Casino” is a thrilling crime drama set in early-1970s Las Vegas. Starring Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, and Joe Pesci, the movie follows the rise and fall of Sam “Ace” Rothstein, who is chosen to run the Tangiers Casino. As Sam navigates the glamorous world of gambling, he faces increasing danger from his unpredictable enforcer Nicky Santoro, his troubled wife Ginger, and a web of corruption involving politicians. Released on November 22, 1995, this film offers a captivating glimpse into the dark side of the casino industry.

Cast: Robert De Niro (Sam ‘Ace’ Rothstein) , Sharon Stone (Ginger McKenna) , Joe Pesci (Nicky Santoro) , James Woods (Lester Diamond) , Don Rickles (Billy Sherbert) , Alan King (Andy Stone) , Kevin Pollak (Phillip Green) , L.Q. Jones (Pat Webb) , Dick Smothers (Senator) , Frank Vincent (Frank Marino) , John Bloom (Don Ward) , Pasquale Cajano (Remo Gaggi) , Melissa Prophet (Jennifer Santoro) , Bill Allison (John Nance) , Vinny Vella (Artie Piscano) , Oscar Goodman (Himself) , Catherine Scorsese (Piscano’s Mother) , Philip Suriano (Dominick Santoro) , Erika von Tagen (Older Amy) , Frankie Avalon (Himself) , Steve Allen (Himself) , Jayne Meadows (Herself) , Jerry Vale (Himself) , Joseph Rigano (Vincent Borelli) , Gene Ruffini (Vinny Forlano)

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Martin Scorsese, Nicholas Pileggi

Tags: poker, gambling, casino, italian american, drug abuse, 1970s, fbi, overdose, greed, rise and fall, car bomb, organized crime, mafia, money, jewish american, las vegas, desert, 1980s

Ford v Ferrari

Ford v Ferrari

Release Date: 2019-11-13

Genres: Drama, Action, History

“Ford v Ferrari” is an exciting and gripping movie based on a true story. It follows the journey of American car designer Carroll Shelby and British driver Ken Miles as they team up to create a groundbreaking race car for Ford Motor Company. Battling against corporate interference, the laws of physics, and their own personal struggles, they take on the dominant race cars of Enzo Ferrari at the prestigious 24 Hours of Le Mans in France in 1966. With an incredible cast including Christian Bale and Matt Damon, this film is a must-watch for history and racing enthusiasts. Released on November 13, 2019.

Cast: Christian Bale (Ken Miles) , Matt Damon (Carroll Shelby) , Jon Bernthal (Lee Iacocca) , Caitríona Balfe (Mollie Miles) , Josh Lucas (Leo Beebe) , Noah Jupe (Peter Miles) , Tracy Letts (Henry Ford II) , Remo Girone (Enzo Ferrari) , Ray McKinnon (Phil Remington) , JJ Feild (Roy Lunn) , Jack McMullen (Charlie Agapiou) , Corrado Invernizzi (Franco Gozzi) , Joe Williamson (Don Frey) , Ian Harding (Ford Executive – Ian) , Christopher Darga (John Holman) , Shawn Law (AJ “Gus” Scussel) , Emil Beheshti (Aeronutronics Chief Engineer) , Darrin Prescott (Bob Bondurant) , Alex Gurney (Dan Gurney) , Benjamin Rigby (Bruce McLaren) , Ben Collins (Denny Hulme) , Francesco Bauco (Lorenzo Bandini) , Guido Cocomello (Ludo Scarfiotti) , Adam Mayfield (Lloyd Ruby) , Sean Carrigan (Walt Hansgen)

Directors: James Mangold

Writers: Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth, Jason Keller, Ron Peters

Tags: based on novel or book, car race, car mechanic, biography, sports, based on true story, le mans, racing, race car driver, 1960s

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Release Date: 2014-11-14

Genres: History, Drama, Thriller, War

“The Imitation Game” is a captivating history movie that tells the incredible true story of Alan Turing, a renowned cryptanalyst. Set during World War II, the film follows Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers as they race against time to crack Germany’s secret codes. With an all-star cast including Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, this nail-biting drama is a must-watch for history enthusiasts. Released on November 14, 2014, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the darkest days of the war.

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch (Alan Turing) , Keira Knightley (Joan Clarke) , Matthew Goode (Hugh Alexander) , Rory Kinnear (Detective Robert Nock) , Allen Leech (John Cairncross) , Matthew Beard (Peter Hilton) , Charles Dance (Commander Denniston) , Mark Strong (Stewart Menzies) , James Northcote (Jack Good) , Tom Goodman-Hill (Sergeant Staehl) , Steven Waddington (Superintendent Smith) , Ilan Goodman (Keith Furman) , Jack Tarlton (Charles Richards) , Alex Lawther (Young Alan Turing) , Jack Bannon (Christopher Morcom) , Tuppence Middleton (Helen) , Dominic Charman (Sherborne Student 1) , James G. Nunn (Sherborne Student 2) , Charlie Manton (Sherborne Student 3) , David Charkham (Joan’s Father) , Victoria Wicks (Joan’s Mother) , Andrew Havill (Teacher) , Laurence Kennedy (Headmaster) , Tim van Eyken (MI6 Agent) , Will Bowden (Military Policeman)

Directors: Morten Tyldum

Writers: Graham Moore, Andrew Hodges

Tags: england, homophobia, world war ii, mathematician, biography, genius, code breaking, male homosexuality, lgbt, logician, cryptography, math genius, gay theme, codes

Bohemian Rhapsody

Bohemian Rhapsody

Release Date: 2018-10-24

Genres: Music, Drama, History

“Bohemian Rhapsody” is a captivating history movie that tells the incredible story of the iconic rock band Queen. Set in the 1970s, it follows the journey of lead singer Freddie Mercury and his bandmates as they rise to fame with their unforgettable music. As Mercury’s personal life takes a tumultuous turn, the band faces their biggest challenge yet – staying together amidst the pressures of success. With an outstanding cast including Rami Malek, Gwilym Lee, and Lucy Boynton, this film, released on October 24, 2018, is a must-watch for music lovers and history enthusiasts alike.

Cast: Rami Malek (Freddie Mercury) , Gwilym Lee (Brian May) , Ben Hardy (Roger Taylor) , Joseph Mazzello (John Deacon) , Lucy Boynton (Mary Austin) , Aidan Gillen (John Reid) , Allen Leech (Paul Prenter) , Tom Hollander (Jim Beach) , Mike Myers (Ray Foster) , Aaron McCusker (Jim Hutton) , Meneka Das (Jer Bulsara) , Ace Bhatti (Bomi Bulsara) , Priya Blackburn (Kashmira Bulsara) , Max Bennett (David) , Dermot Murphy (Bob Geldof) , Dickie Beau (Kenny Everett) , Jack Roth (Tim Staffell) , Neil Fox-Roberts (Mr. Austin) , Jess Radomska (Cheryl) , Michelle Duncan (Shelley Stern) , Ross Green (Reporter 1) , Bruce Mackinnon (Reporter 2) , Joshua Higgott (Reporter 3) , Pat Lally (Reporter 4) , William Owen (Reporter 5)

Directors: Bryan Singer

Writers: Peter Morgan, Anthony McCarten

Tags: london, england, aids, 1970s, queen, musician, biography, based on true story, hiv, male homosexuality, singer, fame, rock band, lgbt, 1980s, gay theme, music movie



Release Date: 2019-12-25

Genres: War, Drama, History

“1917” is a gripping and intense war film set during the First World War. It follows two brave young British soldiers who embark on a dangerous mission to deliver a crucial message that could save the lives of hundreds of soldiers. With a star-studded cast including George MacKay, Dean-Charles Chapman, and Benedict Cumberbatch, this highly acclaimed movie takes you on a thrilling journey through enemy territory. Released on December 25, 2019, it’s definitely a must-watch for history movie enthusiasts.

Cast: George MacKay (Lance Corporal Schofield) , Dean-Charles Chapman (Lance Corporal Blake) , Mark Strong (Captain Smith) , Andrew Scott (Lieutenant Leslie) , Richard Madden (Lieutenant Blake) , Claire Duburcq (Lauri) , Colin Firth (General Erinmore) , Benedict Cumberbatch (Colonel MacKenzie) , Daniel Mays (Sergeant Sanders) , Adrian Scarborough (Major Hepburn) , Chris Walley (Private Bullen) , Nabhaan Rizwan (Sepoy Jondalar) , Jamie Parker (Lieutenant Richards) , Tommy French (Private Butler) , Paul Tinto (NCO Baker) , Billy Postlethwaite (NCO Harvey) , Richard McCabe (Colonel Collins) , Justin Edwards (Captain Ivins) , Pip Carter (Lieutenant Gordon) , Andy Apollo (Sergeant Miller) , Josef Davies (Private Stokes) , Gabriel Akuwudike (Private Buchanan) , Spike Leighton (Private Kilgour) , Robert Maaser (German Pilot) , Gerran Howell (Private Parry)

Directors: Sam Mendes

Writers: Sam Mendes, Krysty Wilson-Cairns

Tags: world war i, british army, race against time, long take, soldier, trenches, 1910s, trench warfare, no man’s land

Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

Release Date: 1962-12-11

Genres: Adventure, Drama, History, War

“Lawrence of Arabia” is a captivating historical movie released on December 11, 1962. Starring Peter O’Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, and more talented actors, it tells the story of British officer T.E. Lawrence’s mission to support Arab tribes in their fight against the Ottoman Empire during World War I. As Lawrence becomes a charismatic and influential figure in the Arab unity movement, his own psychological struggles threaten to undermine his remarkable achievements. It’s a must-watch for history enthusiasts and fans of epic storytelling.

Cast: Peter O’Toole (T.E. Lawrence) , Alec Guinness (Prince Feisal) , Anthony Quinn (Auda abu Tayi) , Jack Hawkins (General Allenby) , Omar Sharif (Sherif Ali) , José Ferrer (Turkish Bey) , Anthony Quayle (Colonel Harry Brighton) , Claude Rains (Mr. Dryden) , Arthur Kennedy (Jackson Bentley) , Donald Wolfit (General Murray) , I.S. Johar (Gasim) , Gamil Ratib (Majid) , Michel Ray (Farraj) , John Dimech (Daud) , Zia Mohyeddin (Tafas) , Howard Marion-Crawford (Medical Officer) , Jack Gwillim (Club Secretary) , Hugh Miller (R.A.M.C. Colonel) , John Barry (MP in Map Room (uncredited)) , Bruce Beeby (Captain at Officer’s Club (uncredited)) , Fred Bennett (Sergeant at Cairo Headquarters (uncredited)) , John Bennett (Arab Sheik (uncredited)) , Steve Birtles (Motor Bike Rider (uncredited)) , Robert Bolt (Officer with Pipe Gazing at Lawrence (uncredited)) , Peter Burton (Damascus Sheik (uncredited))

Directors: David Lean

Writers: Michael Wilson, Robert Bolt

Tags: cairo, arabian, world war i, horse, jerusalem, israel, british army, british empire, damascus, camel, based on true story, gay interest, historical fiction, quicksand, desert, arab, ottoman empire

Raging Bull

Raging Bull

Release Date: 1980-11-14

Genres: Drama

“Raging Bull” is a gripping and intense biographical drama released on November 14, 1980. Starring Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Cathy Moriarty, the film tells the captivating story of Jake LaMotta, a talented boxer whose explosive temper and violent nature both propelled him to success in the ring and ultimately destroyed his personal life. With a stellar cast and a powerful portrayal of LaMotta’s struggles, this movie is a must-watch for history and sports enthusiasts alike.

Cast: Robert De Niro (Jake LaMotta) , Joe Pesci (Joey LaMotta) , Cathy Moriarty (Vickie LaMotta) , Frank Vincent (Salvy Batts) , Nicholas Colasanto (Tommy Como) , Mario Gallo (Mario) , Bernie Allen (Comedian) , Joseph Bono (Guido) , Lori Anne Flax (Irma) , Theresa Saldana (Lenore) , Frank Adonis (Patsy) , Bill Hanrahan (Eddie Eagan) , Frank Topham (Toppy) , Don Dunphy (Dauthuille Fight Radio Announcer) , Kevin Mahon (Tony Janiro) , Louis Raftis (Marcel Cerdan) , Johnny Turner (Laurent Dauthuille) , Floyd Anderson (Jimmy Reeves (Reeves Fight)) , Gene LeBell (Ring Announcer (Reeves Fight)) , Harold Valan (Referee (Reeves Fight)) , Victor Magnotta (Fighting Soldier (Reeves Fight)) , Johnny Barnes (Sugar Ray Robinson (First Robinson Fight)) , John Thomas (Trainer (First Robinson Fight)) , Kenny Davis (Referee (First Robinson Fight)) , Paul Carmello (Ring Announcer (First Robinson Fight))

Directors: Martin Scorsese

Writers: Paul Schrader, Mardik Martin, Jake LaMotta

Tags: transporter, jealousy, violent husband, paranoia, boxer, brother, biography, fistfight, broken nose, sports, domestic violence, over-the-hill fighter

12 Years a Slave

12 Years a Slave

Release Date: 2013-10-18

Genres: Drama, History

“12 Years a Slave” is a powerful and gripping historical drama set in the pre-Civil War era. It tells the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man who is kidnapped and forced into slavery. With an incredible cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, and Lupita Nyong’o, the film explores Solomon’s harrowing journey as he fights for survival and dignity. Released in 2013, this thought-provoking movie sheds light on a dark chapter in American history.

Cast: Chiwetel Ejiofor (Solomon Northup) , Michael Fassbender (Edwin Epps) , Lupita Nyong’o (Patsey) , Benedict Cumberbatch (William Ford) , Paul Dano (John Tibeats) , Sarah Paulson (Mary Epps) , Adepero Oduye (Eliza) , Scoot McNairy (Brown) , Paul Giamatti (Theophilus Freeman) , Brad Pitt (Samuel Bass) , Michael Kenneth Williams (Robert) , Alfre Woodard (Mistress Shaw) , Chris Chalk (Clemens) , Taran Killam (Hamilton) , Bill Camp (Radburn) , Kelsey Scott (Anne Northup) , Bryan Batt (Judge Turner) , Quvenzhané Wallis (Margaret Northup) , Garret Dillahunt (Armsby) , Dwight Henry (Uncle Abram) , Dickie Gravois (Overseer) , Ashley Dyke (Anna) , Cameron Zeigler (Alonzo Northup) , Tony Bentley (Mr. Moon) , Christopher Berry (Burch)

Directors: Steve McQueen

Writers: John Ridley, Solomon Northup

Tags: slavery, plantation, based on memoir or autobiography, violin player, physical abuse, black slave, usa history, slave owner, 19th century, sold into slavery, abolitionist, landowner, abuse of power, african american history

The Great Escape

The Great Escape

Release Date: 1963-07-03

Genres: Adventure, Drama, History, Thriller, War

“The Great Escape” is a thrilling and inspiring history movie released on July 3, 1963. Starring Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough, and a talented ensemble cast, the film tells the incredible true story of Allied prisoners during World War II. Frustrated by their numerous escape attempts, the Nazis transfer them to a supposedly ‘escape-proof’ camp, but the prisoners refuse to be defeated and plan an audacious breakout that will go down in history.

Cast: Steve McQueen (Hilts ‘The Cooler King’) , James Garner (Hendley ‘The Scrounger’) , Richard Attenborough (Bartlett ‘Big X’) , James Donald (Ramsey ‘The SBO’) , Charles Bronson (Danny ‘Tunnel King’) , Donald Pleasence (Blythe ‘The Forger’) , James Coburn (Sedgwick ‘Manufacturer’) , Hannes Messemer (Von Luger ‘The Kommandant’) , David McCallum (Ashley-Pitt ‘Dispersal’) , Gordon Jackson (MacDonald ‘Intelligence’) , John Leyton (Willie ‘Tunnel King’) , Angus Lennie (Ives ‘The Mole’) , Nigel Stock (Cavendish ‘The Surveyor’) , Robert Graf (Werner ‘The Ferret’) , Jud Taylor (Goff) , Hans Reiser (Herr Kuhn) , Harry Riebauer (Stratwitch) , William Russell (Sorren) , Robert Freitag (Capt. Posen) , Ulrich Beiger (Preissen) , George Mikell (Lt. Dietrich) , Lawrence Montaigne (Haynes (‘Diversions’)) , Robert Desmond (Griffith ‘Tailor’) , Til Kiwe (Frick) , Heinz Weiss (Kramer)

Directors: John Sturges

Writers: James Clavell, Paul Brickhill, W.R. Burnett

Tags: based on novel or book, optimism, switzerland, baseball, famous score, prisoner, shower, world war ii, prisoner of war, claustrophobia, nazi, machinegun, dystopia, attempt to escape, uniform, freedom, epic, based on true story, prison guard, prison escape, tragedy, escape, swastika, barbed wire, solitary confinement, motorcycle, alps mountains, 1940s

Dallas Buyers Club

Dallas Buyers Club

Release Date: 2013-11-01

Genres: Drama, History

“Dallas Buyers Club” is a captivating and inspiring movie based on the true story of Ron Woodroof. Set in 1986, it follows Ron’s journey after being diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given only thirty days to live. With an incredible cast including Matthew McConaughey, Jared Leto, and Jennifer Garner, this film tells a powerful tale of resilience, compassion, and the fight for survival. Released in 2013, it’s definitely a must-watch for history movie enthusiasts.

Cast: Matthew McConaughey (Ron Woodroof) , Jared Leto (Rayon) , Jennifer Garner (Dr. Eve Saks) , Denis O’Hare (Dr. Sevard) , Steve Zahn (Tucker) , Michael O’Neill (Richard Barkley) , Dallas Roberts (David Wayne) , Griffin Dunne (Dr. Vass) , Kevin Rankin (T.J.) , Bradford Cox (Sunflower) , Scott Takeda (Mr. Yamata) , Adam Dunn (Bartender) , J.D. Evermore (Clint) , Donna DuPlantier (Nurse Frazin) , James DuMont (Rayon’s Father) , Deneen Tyler (Denise) , Ian Casselberry (Hispanic Orderly) , Noelle Wilcox (Kelly) , Rick Espaillat (Michael) , Lawrence Turner (Foreman) , Lucius Falick (Freddie) , Jane McNeill (Francine Suskind) , Don Brady (Tucker’s Father) , Matthew Thompson (Effeminate Man) , Tony Bentley (Judge)

Directors: Jean-Marc Vallée

Writers: Melisa Wallack, Craig Borten

Tags: aids, homophobia, rodeo, texas, biography, dallas texas, based on true story, hiv, drugs, lgbt, treatment, 1980s, trans woman

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