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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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12 Years a Slave (2013)
12 Years a Slave (2013) 3.33/4 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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Downfall ( Untergang, Der ) (2005)
Downfall ( Untergang, Der ) (2005) 3.19/4 Add to movie list

Language: German
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Oliver Hirschbiegel
Actors: Bruno Ganz, Thomas Kretschmann, Alexandra Maria Lara
Plot: The final days of Adolf Hitler are told by his secretary...

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The Last King of Scotland (2006)
The Last King of Scotland (2006) 2.95/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Kevin Macdonald
Actors: Forest Whitaker, James McAvoy, Gillian Anderson
Plot: A young Scottish doctor travels away from his family ways to experience something new when he runs into the new President of Uganda who happens to have strong feelings for the Scottish.

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The Lion in Winter (1968)
The Lion in Winter (1968) 2.93/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Anthony Harvey
Actors: Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, Peter O'Toole
Plot: After Henry II brings Eleanor of Aquitaine out of prison, Christmastide 1183, power grabs and treacherous plots are hatched amongst the couple and their three sons, but with little real intent to alter the status quo.

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Dunkirk (2017)
Dunkirk (2017) 3.42/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Christopher Nolan
Actors: Fionn Whitehead, Mark Rylance, Tom Hardy
Plot: After landing at Dunkirk, France during the Battle of France in WWII, a group of Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada and France find themselves surrounded by the German army. A fierce battle ensues, leading to one of the most daring and miraculous rescues of the war.

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Milk (2008)
Milk (2008) 2.96/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Gus Van Sant
Actors: Josh Brolin, Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch
Plot: Explores the life and career of Harvey Milk, who was the first openly gay man elected to public office in 1977 as a member San Francisco's Board of Supervisors.

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Queen, The (2006)
Queen, The (2006) 2.90/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: PG-13
Director: Stephen Frears
Actors: Helen Mirren, Michael Sheen, James Cromwell
Plot: Taking place after Princess Diana's deadly car accident, The Queen of England refuses to make a supportive statement about the Princess, while Prince Charles and Tony Blair try to diffuse the situation and bring royalty back to popularity.

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The Killing Fields (1984)
The Killing Fields (1984) 2.98/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: R
Director: Roland Joffé
Actors: Sam Waterston, Haing S. Ngor, John Malkovich
Plot: Based on the true story of a photographer in Cambodia during Pol Pot's atrocious killings.

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The Right Stuff (1983)
The Right Stuff (1983) 3.05/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Philip Kaufman
Actors: Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Dennis Quaid
Plot: The story of the Mercury 7 Astronauts and how the space program really got started with these aging men.

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Gallipoli (1981)
Gallipoli (1981) 2.98/4 Add to movie list

Language: English
Genre: Drama/Historical
MPAA rating: PG
Director: Peter Weir
Actors: Mel Gibson, Mark Lee, Bill Kerr
Plot: Follows a group of young Australian men as they live their various lives behind in order to fight in WWI. The men are sent to Gallipoli where they will face the might of the Turkish army.

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