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Top Historical Movies

The Best Historical Movies of All Time are calculated by overall movie ratings and members' "Top Historical List". The Top Historical Movies List is calculated daily.

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Ten Commandments, The (1956)
Ten Commandments, The (1956) 3.04/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Actors: Charlton Heston, Anne Baxter, Yul Brynner
Plot: One of Charlton Hesston's great roles as Moses along side Yul Brynner as Ramsey. An epic tale of Moses being cast away by the Egyptian Pharaoh Ramese and trying to fulfill his destiny of freeing the Jews from bondage.

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The King's Speech (2010)
The King's Speech (2010) 3.22/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Tom Hooper
Actors: Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Colin Firth
Plot: After his brother abdicates the throne young "Bertie" assumes his place as king, but his stuttering speech lead many to believe he is unfit for the position. Utilizing the talents of speech therapist Lionel Logue, whose unique techniques help him overcome his stuttering, King George VI emerges as a great leader.

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Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
Letters from Iwo Jima (2006) 3.09/4 Add to movie list

Language: Japanese
Genre: War/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Clint Eastwood
Actors: Ken Watanabe, Kazunari Ninomiya, Hiroshi Watanabe
Plot: The battle of Iwo Jima as taught from the Japanese point of view using culture as the difference between Americans and Japanese.

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Apocalypto (2006)
Apocalypto (2006) 2.93/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Mel Gibson
Actors: Rudy Youngblood, Dalia Hernandez, Jonathan Brewer
Plot: The Mayan kingdom is failing, so they enslave the people who live in the forest to sacrifice them to the gods. One hunter, Jaguar Paw, is captured but needs to get back to his family and fulfill the omen.

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Gangs of New York (2002)
Gangs of New York (2002) 2.96/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Martin Scorsese
Actors: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz
Plot: Takes place in Nineteenth century Manhattan where immigrants fight for control over the five-points neighborhood.

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Battle of Algiers,The ( Battaglia di Algeri, La ) (1966)
Battle of Algiers,The ( Battaglia di Algeri, La ) (1966) 3.20/4 Add to movie list

Language: Italian
Genre: War/Historical
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Gillo Pontecorvo
Actors: Brahim Hadjadj, Jean Martin, Samia Kerbash
Plot: An accurate account of the bloodiest revolutions known to man.

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Empire of the Sun (1987)
Empire of the Sun (1987) 3.00/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Christian Bale, John Malkovich, Miranda Richardson
Plot: A young, privileged boy is separated from his family after the Japanese invade British-controlled areas of China. Sent to a British internment camp where is attempts to capture some of his former life while affecting the adults around him.

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12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013) 3.35/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Steve McQueen
Actors: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o
Plot: Follows the true story of Solomon Northup, an upstate free black man who, years before the civil war broke out, was abducted and sold into slavery. Facing both extreme cruelty and incredible kind deeds, he struggles to maintain his dignity while fighting to survive. In the twelfth year of his ordeal a chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will change his life forever.

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The Last Emperor (1987)
The Last Emperor (1987) 2.97/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Historical/Biography
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Bernardo Bertolucci
Actors: Peter O'Toole, Joan Chen, Ruocheng Ying
Plot: The story of the last emperor of China as told through flash backs and flash forwards.

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Amistad (1997)
Amistad (1997) 2.89/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Steven Spielberg
Actors: Morgan Freeman, Nigel Hawthorne, Anthony Hopkins
Plot: 1839 - the slave ship Amistad is on its way from Cuba to the U.S. when there is an uprising led by a former African tribal leader. Landing in America, instead of freedom, they are once again captured and bound - but an abolitionist lawyer takes their case - arguing they are not slaves, but free citizens from another country. The outcome will not be decided until it reaches the Supreme Court, where John Quincy Adams presides.

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