Highest Rated History Feature Films With At Least 25000 Votes
2. Schindler's List (1993)
R | 195 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 918,427 | Gross: $96.07M
3. Braveheart (1995)
R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 778,995 | Gross: $75.60M
5. Amadeus (1984)
R | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History
Votes: 287,196 | Gross: $51.60M
6. Downfall (2004)
R | 156 min | Biography, Drama, History
Traudl Junge, the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, tells of the Nazi dictator's final days in his Berlin bunker at the end of WWII.
Votes: 262,019 | Gross: $5.50M
7. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
PG | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks.
Votes: 204,074 | Gross: $6.00M
8. The Message (1976)
PG | 177 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
In the 7th century, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him, is visited by Angel Gabriel who urges him to lead the people of Mecca and worship God. But they're exiled in Medina before returning to ... See full summary »
9. Rang De Basanti (2006)
Not Rated | 157 min | Comedy, Drama, History
This story is about six friends who help an English filmmaker create a documentary about Indian freedom struggle. During filming, this group of friends learn about those before them and the importance of fighting for their rights.
Votes: 78,691 | Gross: $2.20M
10. The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928)
Not Rated | 114 min | Biography, Drama, History
A chronicle of the trial of Jeanne d'Arc on charges of heresy, and the efforts of her ecclesiastical jurists to force Jeanne to recant her claims of holy visions.
11. Bhaag Milkha Bhaag (2013)
Not Rated | 186 min | Action, Biography, Drama
The truth behind the ascension of Milkha "The Flying Sikh" Singh who was scarred because of the India-Pakistan partition.
Votes: 45,533 | Gross: $1.63M
12. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)
R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 179,328 | Gross: $67.12M
13. Gone with the Wind (1939)
G | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance
American film classic in which a manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.
Votes: 226,938 | Gross: $198.66M
14. The Great Escape (1963)
Approved | 172 min | Adventure, Drama, History
Allied prisoners of war plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II.
15. Airlift (2016)
Not Rated | 130 min | Action, Drama, History
When Iraq invades Kuwait in August, 1990, a callous Indian businessman becomes the spokesperson for more than 170,000 stranded countrymen.
16. Spotlight (I) (2015)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 259,389 | Gross: $44.99M
17. There Will Be Blood (2007)
R | 158 min | Drama, History
A story of family, religion, hatred, oil and madness, focusing on a turn-of-the-century prospector in the early days of the business.
Votes: 396,205 | Gross: $40.22M
18. 12 Years a Slave (2013)
R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, History
In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.
Votes: 478,701 | Gross: $56.67M
20. Ben-Hur (1959)
G | 212 min | Adventure, Drama, History
When a Jewish prince is betrayed and sent into slavery by a Roman friend, he regains his freedom and comes back for revenge.
Votes: 171,540 | Gross: $70.00M
21. Gandhi (1982)
PG | 191 min | Biography, Drama, History
Gandhi's character is fully explained as a man of nonviolence. Through his patience, he is able to drive the British out of the subcontinent. And the stubborn nature of Jinnah and his commitment towards Pakistan is portrayed.
23. Hotel Rwanda (2004)
PG-13 | 121 min | Biography, Drama, History
Paul Rusesabagina was a hotel manager who housed over a thousand Tutsi refugees during their struggle against the Hutu militia in Rwanda.
Votes: 277,939 | Gross: $23.47M
24. The Grapes of Wrath (1940)
Approved | 129 min | Drama, History
A poor Midwest family is forced off their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.
25. All the President's Men (1976)
PG | 138 min | Biography, Drama, History
28. Battleship Potemkin (1925)
Unrated | 66 min | Drama, History
A dramatized account of a great Russian naval mutiny and a resulting street demonstration which brought on a police massacre.
Votes: 42,127 | Gross: $0.05M
30. Hidden Figures (2016)
PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History
The story of a team of African-American women mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the US space program.
Votes: 66,229 | Gross: $167.05M
31. Straight Outta Compton (2015)
R | 147 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 136,975 | Gross: $161.03M
34. Glory (1989)
R | 122 min | Biography, Drama, History
Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.
Votes: 105,066 | Gross: $26.83M
35. Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)
R | 141 min | Drama, History, War
The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it.
Votes: 136,177 | Gross: $13.75M
37. The Killing Fields (1984)
R | 141 min | Biography, Drama, History
A journalist is trapped in Cambodia during tyrant Pol Pot's bloody "Year Zero" cleansing campaign, which claimed the lives of two million "undesirable" civilians.
Votes: 43,460 | Gross: $34.60M
38. The Big Short (2015)
R | 130 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama
Four denizens in the world of high-finance predict the credit and housing bubble collapse of the mid-2000s, and decide to take on the big banks for their greed and lack of foresight.
Votes: 239,310 | Gross: $70.24M
39. Tombstone (1993)
R | 130 min | Action, Biography, Drama
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating.
Votes: 99,891 | Gross: $56.51M
41. The Longest Day (1962)
G | 178 min | Action, Drama, History
The events of D-Day, told on a grand scale from both the Allied and German points of view.
44. Mississippi Burning (1988)
R | 128 min | Crime, Drama, History
Two FBI agents with wildly different styles arrive in Mississippi to investigate the disappearance of some civil rights activists.
Votes: 68,448 | Gross: $34.60M
45. Kaze tachinu (2013)
PG-13 | 126 min | Animation, Biography, Drama
A look at the life of Jiro Horikoshi, the man who designed Japanese fighter planes during World War II.
Votes: 48,278 | Gross: $5.20M
47. Zodiac (2007)
R | 157 min | Crime, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 324,802 | Gross: $33.05M
48. Black Hawk Down (2001)
R | 144 min | Drama, History, War
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.
Votes: 304,932 | Gross: $108.64M
49. Argo (2012)
R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History
Acting under the cover of a Hollywood producer scouting a location for a science fiction film, a CIA agent launches a dangerous operation to rescue six Americans in Tehran during the U.S. hostage crisis in Iran in 1980.
Votes: 476,690 | Gross: $136.02M
50. The Last Samurai (2003)
R | 154 min | Action, Drama, History
An American military advisor embraces the Samurai culture he was hired to destroy after he is captured in battle.
Votes: 330,778 | Gross: $111.11M