Most Popular History Feature Films
Zero Dark Thirty
A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May 2011. Dir: Kathryn Bigelow With: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt Drama | History | Thriller 157 mins.
As the Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield and as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves. Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn Biography | Drama | History | War 150 mins.
King Leonidas and a force of 300 men fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 B.C. Dir: Zack Snyder With: Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, David Wenham Action | Fantasy | History | War 117 mins.
A dramatization of the 1980 joint CIA-Canadian secret operation to extract six fugitive American diplomatic personnel out of revolutionary Iran. Dir: Ben Affleck With: Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman Drama | History | Thriller 120 mins.
The story of a tourist family in Thailand caught in the destruction and chaotic aftermath of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. Dir: Juan Antonio Bayona With: Naomi Watts, Ewan McGregor, Tom Holland Drama | History | Thriller 114 mins.
In Poland during World War II, Oskar Schindler gradually becomes concerned for his Jewish workforce after witnessing their persecution by the Nazis. Dir: Steven Spielberg With: Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley Biography | Drama | History | War 195 mins.
The Great Escape
Allied POWs plan for several hundred of their number to escape from a German camp during World War II. Dir: John Sturges With: Steve McQueen, James Garner, Richard Attenborough Adventure | Drama | History | Thriller | War 172 mins.
When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier whom tried to rape her, a commoner begins a revolt and leads Scottish warriors against the cruel English tyrant who rules Scotland with an iron-fist. Dir: Mel Gibson With: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan Action | Biography | Drama | History | War 177 mins.
A Polish Jewish musician struggles to survive the destruction of the Warsaw ghetto of World War II. Dir: Roman Polanski With: Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann, Frank Finlay Biography | Drama | History | War 150 mins.
The King's Speech
The story of King George VI of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, his impromptu ascension to the throne and the speech therapist who helped the unsure monarch become worthy of it. Dir: Tom Hooper With: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter Biography | Drama | History 118 mins.
Gangs of New York
In 1863, Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points area of New York City seeking revenge against Bill the Butcher, his father's killer. Dir: Martin Scorsese With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Cameron Diaz, Daniel Day-Lewis Crime | Drama | History 167 mins.
The Feds try to take down notorious American gangsters John Dillinger, Baby Face Nelson and Pretty Boy Floyd during a booming crime wave in the 1930s. Dir: Michael Mann With: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, James Russo Biography | Crime | Drama | History 140 mins.
The Count of Monte Cristo
A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friends," escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge Dir: Kevin Reynolds With: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris Action | Adventure | Drama | History | Romance | Thriller 131 mins.
A demystified take on the tale of King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table. Dir: Antoine Fuqua With: Clive Owen, Stephen Dillane, Keira Knightley Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War 126 mins.
Black Hawk Down
123 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. Dir: Ridley Scott With: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore Drama | History | War 144 mins.
Kingdom of Heaven
Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. Dir: Ridley Scott With: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson Action | Adventure | Drama | History | War 144 mins.
J. Edgar Hoover, powerful head of the FBI for nearly 50 years, looks back on his professional and personal life. Dir: Clint Eastwood With: Leonardo DiCaprio, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts Biography | Crime | Drama | History 137 mins.
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. Dir: Oliver Hirschbiegel With: Bruno Ganz, Alexandra Maria Lara, Ulrich Matthes Biography | Drama | History | War 156 mins.
The story of a con artist and his partner in crime, who were forced to work with a federal agent to turn the tables on other cons, mobsters, and politicians - namely, the volatile mayor of impoverished Camden, New Jersey. Dir: David O. Russell With: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper Drama | History | Thriller
A successful lawman's plans to retire anonymously in Tombstone, Arizona, are disrupted by the kind of outlaws he was famous for eliminating. Dir: George P. Cosmatos With: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott Action | Drama | History | Romance | Western 130 mins.
A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning a slave who turns to the rising tide of Christianity in the hopes of pursuing freedom while also falling in love with his master, the famous female philosophy and mathematics professor Hypatia of Alexandria. Dir: Alejandro Amenábar With: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac Adventure | Drama | History | Romance 127 mins.
A grief-stricken mother takes on the LAPD to her own detriment when it stubbornly tries to pass off an obvious impostor as her missing child, while also refusing to give up hope that she will find him one day. Dir: Clint Eastwood With: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore, Amy Ryan Drama | History | Mystery | Thriller 141 mins.
A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun. Dir: Wilson Yip With: Donnie Yen, Simon Yam, Siu-Wong Fan Action | Biography | Drama | History 106 mins.
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. Dir: Brian De Palma With: Kevin Costner, Sean Connery, Robert De Niro Crime | Drama | History | Thriller 119 mins.
The Road to Freedom
The Road to Freedom tells the story of two Photo Journalists in Cambodia during the Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s, who are trying to bring the world's attention to Cambodia about the Khmer Rouge. Dir: Brendan Moriarty With: Joshua Fredric Smith, Scott Maguire, Nhem Sokun Adventure | Drama | History | War 93 mins.