What are the best historical films?

asked by Deborah Tierney
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    #1Schindler's List

    Schindler's List

    Schindler's List, a work of Steven Spielberg, is about the story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist that puts his life and his family's lives at risk by helping 1,100 Jews survive the extermination camps.


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    Ethan Cunningham
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a great example of a history film that is considered one of the best. Schindler's List is frequently listed on the top movies of all time and deals with an important historical subject as well."
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    #2The Great Escape

    The Great Escape
    The Great Escape is an action adventure film directed by John Sturges, released on July 4, 1963. This historical film follows the story of the planning, execution, and resolution of the great escape of a large group of prisoners of war from a Nazi prison camp in WWII.

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    Vicky Hu
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "Truly a classic film. It is based on historical events but presented in a watchable manner. The story is sad but the film is done really well. "
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    Directed by Franklin J. Schaffner, Patton is a biography, drama, and war movie about the famous general. Released on April 2, 1970, the movie shows the life and actions of this charismatic general feared by the Nazis during World War II.


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    Josefina Corona
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "This is a really good film about Pattons life. The acting is fantastic and the story is just phenomenal. I can't recommend this movie enough"
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    #4The Bridge on the River Kwai

    The Bridge on the River Kwai
    The Bridge on the River Kwai apart from its iconic whistling melody is a classic war movie about a group of British POWS that are forced by the Japanese to build a bridge over the river Kwai to allow their troops to move. 

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    Brandon Smith
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I am a big fan of war movies and this one didn't disappoint. Very well written and acted and grabbed my attention the entire time."
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    #5Les Miserables

    Les Miserables
    Les Miserables (2012) is a musical drama film directed by Tom Hooper based on the musical of the same name and with Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, and Amanda Seyfried as main stars.

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    Paul Mendez
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "As a work of art, Les Miserables is fantastic. It's truly entertaining, while maintaining a certain level of historical accuracy. However, in the category of "historical films", there are far more informative movies out there, so while it is a good solution, I cannot say that it is the best."
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    #6Chariots of Fire

    Chariots of Fire

    A devout Christian and a determined jew compete in the 1924 Olympics. Each of one has his own reasons and his own motivations. but they are united for one simple thing: the passion for running. 


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    Arjun Patil
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "Very interesting game it was main for players"
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    Munich is a historical drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg with Oscar-winner Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana, Daniel Craig and more. It is inspired by the real kidnapping and murder of 11 Israeli athletes at the 1972 Olympics.


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    Ben Lee
    Written on April 21, 2018
    "One of the best historical films that I have seen lately has to be Munich. This film really did a nice job of capturing the historical importance of the time while still being a fun movie to watch."
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    #8The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath

    The Grapes of Wrath is a 1940 drama film directed by John Ford with Henry Fonda, Jane Darwell and John Carradine. This film is based on John Steinbeck's novel of the same name and tells the migration of a poor Midwest family in the great depression.


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    Roy Fernandez
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "I watched this movie for the first time in high school English class. It could have easily also been shown in one of my history or social studies classes. This movie does a really great job of capturing what it must have been like to be alive during the great depression. I felt like I was immersed in what it felt like to a poor family heading west looking for work. "
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    #9Letters From Iwo Jima

    Letters From Iwo Jima

    Letters From Iwo Jima is a historical war, and drama movie directed by Clint Eastwood. Released on February 2, 2007, this tells the story of the battle of Iwo Jima from the Japanese point of view.


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    Jeffrey Herrera
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "My great grandpa used to tell me stories of his time in the war and I had grew this deep fascination with that time period. Loved this film."
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    Elizabeth is an Oscar-winning drama starring Cate Blanchett. It portrays the early years of the reign of Elizabeth I - royal intrigues, assassination attempts and foreign political interference cause turmoil in 16th century England. The movie features Geoffrey Rush, Christopher Eccleston, Joseph Fiennes, Richard Attenborough, Daniel Craig and more.


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    Diane Hansen
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "Quite dramatic, but a good telling of her story. It's a movie after all, so expect there to be embellishments to the tale. Solid acting and writing."
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    #11Enemy at the Gates

    Enemy at the Gates

    Enemy at the Gates by Jean Jacques Annaud is the story of two snipers, a German and a Soviet that fight against each other during the siege of Stalingrad.


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    Gabriela Garza
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Enemy at the Gates is a really nice film about the extremely pivotal battle of Stalingrad. It really allows the Soviets to gain the upper hand on the German soldiers. This film depicts this battle very well."
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    Invictus (2009) is a sports drama film based on real events. Directed by Clint Eastwood, it tells the story of the events occurred in South Africa before and during the 1955 Rugby World Cup and the relationship between Nelson Mandela and the captain of the rugby union team.


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    Teresa Owens
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Great movie, and so much more to it than just Rugby. This is really Clint Eastwood at this best directing. It is not really heavy handed, and lets you come to your own conclusion. Really good one!"
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    Gandhi is a British-Indian historical drama film directed by Richard Attenborough and released in 1983. The film covers the life of Gandhi, played by Ben Kingsley, from 1893 to his assassination and funeral in 1948.


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    Rose Richards
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "I watched this and it is very interesting. There is abiundant information to see and study if that is what you want it for. I recomment this."
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    #14Come Back, Africa

    Come Back, Africa
    The second volume of this documentary series exposed the difficult life in Sophiatown, South Africa in 1957. Lionel Rogosin, his crew, and his cast continued to fight injustice with their risky documentation.

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    Elizabeth Guerrero
    Written on June 10, 2018
    "I have never before heard of this producer nor of his films, but after reading the descriptions, I am fascinated enough to agree that this may be one of the best historical films ever. The film crew shot undercover in South Africa in the 1950s, recording the soul-crushing apartheid that defined the era. The reviewers on Amazon have nothing but praise for this series of movies, although they warn the viewer to try to remain objective so as not to be dragged into a mood too somber from watching this movie."


Best What are the best historical films
1Schindler's ListMovies 34 Paid
2The Great EscapeMovies 29 Free
3PattonMovies 28 Paid
4The Bridge on the River KwaiMovies 25 Paid
5Les MiserablesMovies 19 Paid
6Chariots of FireMovies 18 Paid
7MunichMovies 14 Paid
8The Grapes of WrathMovies 12 Paid
9Letters From Iwo JimaMovies 10 Paid
10ElizabethMovies 6 Paid

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