10 Must See Historical Movies

History buff or not, these are the top 10 historical movies you must see

Some of the best movies ever made are based on real historical events. It’s true that historical facts are often presented to appeal to a modern audience, but nevertheless, history is a never-ending source of inspiration.

Check out some of the best historical movies of all-time.

1. Gladiator

Chances are you’ve already seen this Ridley Scott’s masterpiece more than once. But if you’ve spent the last sixteen years alone in the woods, Gladiator should definitively be on top of your must see movie list.

Set in Ancient Rome, the movie follows the story of a Roman general, Maximus, betrayed by young and ambitions Emperor Commodus.

2. Schindler’s List

Directed and co-produced by Steven Spielberg, Schindler’s List is a vivid historical drama. The movie provides a personal, first hand account of the horrors of the Holocaust in Nazi occupied Europe during World War II.

3. Downfall

This 2004 German-Italian historical war drama brilliantly depicts the last days of Nazi Dictator, Adolf Hitler. Brutal and realistic, Der Untergang, gives an objective account of the last days of World War II. It’s been described as one of the best historical movies of all-time.

Downfall is also a basis for thousands of Hitler parodies on YouTube.

4. Amadeus

Already a classic, Amadeus will captivate you with its unorthodox storyline, vivid characters and enchanting atmosphere. Directed by Miloš Forman, Amadeus tells the story of one of the most famous classical composers of all-time, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

One is certain – this movie won’t leave you disappointed.

5. Braveheart

While its historical accuracy has been disputed, Braveheart is a drama of epic proportions. It’s certainly not for the faint-hearted. The film was nominated for ten Academy Awards and won five, including the one for Best Picture.

6. Saving Private Ryan

A touching war drama set during the WWII’s D-day invasion, it’s one of Steven Spielberg’s best movies. Despite all the brutality of war, it’s a tell of bravery and loss. If you’re a fan of war movies, this Spielberg’s masterpiece is a must see.

7. The Last Emperor

Bernardo Bertolucci’s 1987 epic, The Last Emperor is a true story of  Aisin-Gioro Pu Yi, the last Qing Emperor of China. The film covers the years 1908 to 1967, discovering a turbulent and bloody history of China in the early 20th century.

8. The Patriot

Loosely adapted from the true story of Francis Marion, an officer who served during the American Revolutionary War, The Patriot follows the turbulent events unfolding around Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson). Although the movie was criticized for historical accuracy, it’s still an exciting historical drama.

9. Elizabeth

Elizabeth is a 1998 British biographical film written by Michael Hurst, with the ever charming Cate Blanchett, in the role of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Blanchett’s masterful performance and the rich atmosphere of turbulent 16th century England, make Elizabeth into one of the best historical movies of all-time.

10. Kingdom of Heaven

An epic adventure movie starring Orlando Bloom in the leading role, Kingdom of Heaven is set during the Crusades. It’s a tale of a common man caught in the brutal reality of war and struggling to find a purpose.