Most Popular History Feature Films


1. Darkest Hour (2017)

PG-13 | 125 min | Biography, Drama, History

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75 Metascore

During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly-appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

Director: Joe Wright | Stars: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn

Votes: 14,088 | Gross: $36.63M

2. The Post (2017)

PG-13 | 116 min | Biography, Drama, History

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83 Metascore

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Sarah Paulson, Bob Odenkirk

Votes: 7,304 | Gross: $27.54M

3. Dunkirk (2017)

PG-13 | 106 min | Action, Drama, History

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94 Metascore

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy

Votes: 317,994 | Gross: $188.37M

4. American Made (2017)

R | 115 min | Action, Biography, Comedy

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65 Metascore

The story of Barry Seal, an American pilot who became a drug-runner for the CIA in the 1980s in a clandestine operation that would be exposed as the Iran-Contra Affair.

Director: Doug Liman | Stars: Tom Cruise, Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 72,513 | Gross: $51.34M

5. 12 Strong (2018)

R | 130 min | Action, Drama, History

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12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

Director: Nicolai Fuglsig | Stars: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, William Fichtner, Elsa Pataky

Votes: 53

6. The Irishman (2018)

Biography, Crime, Drama | Filming

A mob hitman recalls his possible involvement with the slaying of Jimmy Hoffa.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Jesse Plemons, Bobby Cannavale

7. Goodbye Christopher Robin (2017)

PG | 107 min | Biography, Family, History

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54 Metascore

A behind-the-scenes look at the life of author A.A. Milne and the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories inspired by his son C.R. Milne.

Director: Simon Curtis | Stars: Domhnall Gleeson, Margot Robbie, Kelly Macdonald, Vicki Pepperdine

Votes: 3,843 | Gross: $1.74M

8. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

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71 Metascore

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people, and becomes the first man in American history to receive the Medal of Honor without firing a shot.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 291,387 | Gross: $67.21M

9. Troy (2004)

R | 163 min | Drama, History, Romance

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56 Metascore

An adaptation of Homer's great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen | Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Julian Glover

Votes: 421,108 | Gross: $133.38M

10. The 15:17 to Paris (2018)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama, History, Thriller | Completed

American soldiers discover a terrorist plot on a Paris-bound train.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Jenna Fischer, Judy Greer, Lillian Solange Beaudoin, Bryce Gheisar

11. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

7.8
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74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 136,290 | Gross: $169.39M

12. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History

8.1
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93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 303,137 | Gross: $45.06M

13. Schindler's List (1993)

R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History

8.9
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93 Metascore

In German-occupied Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazi Germans.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall

Votes: 978,318 | Gross: $96.07M

14. The Revenant (2015)

R | 156 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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76 Metascore

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

Director: Alejandro G. Iñárritu | Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Hardy, Will Poulter, Domhnall Gleeson

Votes: 540,509 | Gross: $183.64M

15. Marie Antoinette (2006)

PG-13 | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

6.4
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65 Metascore

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Director: Sofia Coppola | Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Rip Torn, Judy Davis

Votes: 87,297 | Gross: $15.96M

16. Mary Queen of Scots (2018)

Biography, Drama, History | Post-production

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Director: Josie Rourke | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant

17. Silence (I) (2016)

R | 161 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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79 Metascore

In the 17th century, two Portuguese Jesuit priests travel to Japan in an attempt to locate their mentor, who is rumored to have committed apostasy, and to propagate Catholicism.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Liam Neeson, Tadanobu Asano

Votes: 69,486 | Gross: $7.08M

18. Les Misérables (2012)

PG-13 | 158 min | Drama, History, Musical

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63 Metascore

In 19th-century France, Jean Valjean, who for decades has been hunted by the ruthless policeman Javert after breaking parole, agrees to care for a factory worker's daughter. The decision changes their lives forever.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried

Votes: 266,601 | Gross: $148.81M

19. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

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49 Metascore

The story of Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972.

Director: Peter Landesman | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 2,650 | Gross: $0.77M

20. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

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77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 228,329 | Gross: $173.84M

21. The Lost City of Z (2016)

PG-13 | 141 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

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78 Metascore

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared while searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

Director: James Gray | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Robert Pattinson, Sienna Miller, Tom Holland

Votes: 49,022 | Gross: $8.57M

22. The Big Short (2015)

R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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81 Metascore

In 2006-7 a group of investors bet against the US mortgage market. In their research they discover how flawed and corrupt the market is.

Director: Adam McKay | Stars: Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt

Votes: 271,169 | Gross: $70.26M

23. The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)

PG-13 | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

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57 Metascore

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

Director: Niki Caro | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Johan Heldenbergh, Daniel Brühl, Timothy Radford

Votes: 20,989 | Gross: $17.45M

24. Victoria & Abdul (2017)

PG-13 | 111 min | Biography, Drama, History

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58 Metascore

Queen Victoria strikes up an unlikely friendship with a young Indian clerk named Abdul Karim.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Judi Dench, Ali Fazal, Tim Pigott-Smith, Eddie Izzard

Votes: 11,482 | Gross: $22.25M

25. The Imitation Game (2014)

PG-13 | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History

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73 Metascore

During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.

Director: Morten Tyldum | Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech

Votes: 561,483 | Gross: $91.13M

26. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

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68 Metascore

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, Sir William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 823,125 | Gross: $75.60M

27. Zodiac (2007)

R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History

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78 Metascore

In the late 1960s/early 1970s, a San Francisco cartoonist becomes an amateur detective obsessed with tracking down the Zodiac Killer, an unidentified individual who terrorizes Northern California with a killing spree.

Director: David Fincher | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Anthony Edwards

Votes: 352,697 | Gross: $33.08M

28. 13 Hours (2016)

R | 144 min | Action, Drama, History

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48 Metascore

During an attack on a U.S. compound in Libya, a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: John Krasinski, Pablo Schreiber, James Badge Dale, David Denman

Votes: 87,115 | Gross: $52.85M

29. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, History

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66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 123,173 | Gross: $12.71M

30. 10,000 BC (2008)

PG-13 | 109 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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34 Metascore

A prehistoric epic that follows a young mammoth hunter's journey through uncharted territory to secure the future of his tribe.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Camilla Belle, Steven Strait, Marco Khan, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 115,161 | Gross: $94.78M

31. Churchill (2017)

PG | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

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44 Metascore

96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Brian Cox, Miranda Richardson, John Slattery, Julian Wadham

Votes: 7,289 | Gross: $1.24M

32. Black Mass (2015)

R | 123 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

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68 Metascore

The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Johnny Depp, Benedict Cumberbatch, Dakota Johnson, Joel Edgerton

Votes: 144,115 | Gross: $62.58M

33. Patriots Day (2016)

R | 133 min | Crime, Drama, History

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69 Metascore

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

Director: Peter Berg | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, J.K. Simmons, John Goodman

Votes: 58,476 | Gross: $31.89M

34. First They Killed My Father (2017)

TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

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72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 5,679

35. Bridge of Spies (2015)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, History, Thriller

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81 Metascore

During the Cold War, an American lawyer is recruited to defend an arrested Soviet spy in court, and then help the CIA facilitate an exchange of the spy for the Soviet captured American U2 spy plane pilot, Francis Gary Powers.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Mark Rylance, Alan Alda, Amy Ryan

Votes: 235,749 | Gross: $72.31M

36. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History

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96 Metascore

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

Director: Steve McQueen | Stars: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt

Votes: 517,608 | Gross: $56.67M

37. 6 Days (I) (2017)

R | 94 min | Action, Drama, History

6.2
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36 Metascore

In April 1980, armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy in Princes Gate, London and took all inside hostage. Over the next six days a tense standoff took place, all the while a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Toa Fraser | Stars: Jamie Bell, Mark Strong, Abbie Cornish, Martin Shaw

Votes: 8,207

38. American Sniper (2014)

R | 133 min | Action, Biography, Drama

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72 Metascore

Navy S.E.A.L. sniper Chris Kyle's pinpoint accuracy saves countless lives on the battlefield and turns him into a legend. Back home to his wife and kids after four tours of duty, however, Chris finds that it is the war he can't leave behind.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller, Kyle Gallner, Cole Konis

Votes: 370,437 | Gross: $350.13M

39. Straight Outta Compton (2015)

R | 147 min | Biography, Drama, History

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72 Metascore

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

Director: F. Gary Gray | Stars: O'Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown Jr.

Votes: 151,074 | Gross: $161.20M

40. The Founder (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

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66 Metascore

The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers' innovative fast food eatery, McDonald's, into the biggest restaurant business in the world, with a combination of ambition, persistence, and ruthlessness.

Director: John Lee Hancock | Stars: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini

Votes: 73,275 | Gross: $12.79M

41. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

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86 Metascore

As the War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 214,470 | Gross: $182.21M

42. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

7.2
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63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 224,637 | Gross: $113.33M

43. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

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63 Metascore

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 236,187 | Gross: $47.40M

44. Black Hawk Down (2001)

R | 144 min | Drama, History, War

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74 Metascore

160 elite U.S. soldiers drop into Somalia to capture two top lieutenants of a renegade warlord and find themselves in a desperate battle with a large force of heavily-armed Somalis.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana

Votes: 318,702 | Gross: $108.64M

45. The Death of Stalin (2017)

R | 106 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

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88 Metascore

Follows the Soviet dictator's last days and depicts the chaos of the regime after his death.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Steve Buscemi, Olga Kurylenko, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend

Votes: 4,332

46. Pearl Harbor (2001)

PG-13 | 183 min | Action, Drama, History

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44 Metascore

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

Director: Michael Bay | Stars: Ben Affleck, Kate Beckinsale, Josh Hartnett, William Lee Scott

Votes: 276,624 | Gross: $198.54M

47. The Promise (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 133 min | Drama, History

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49 Metascore

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

Director: Terry George | Stars: Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale, Daniel Giménez Cacho

Votes: 159,054

48. First Man (2018)

Biography, Drama, History | Filming

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.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Claire Foy, Jon Bernthal, Ryan Gosling, Pablo Schreiber

49. Gone with the Wind (1939)

G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

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97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 240,225 | Gross: $198.68M

50. Jackie (V) (2016)

R | 100 min | Biography, Drama, History

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81 Metascore

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Natalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard, Greta Gerwig, Billy Crudup

Votes: 55,600 | Gross: $13.96M