The Top 100 Historical Films of All Time

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Gladiator 2000, 155 min.

Ridley Scott     Starring: Russell CroweJoaquin PhoenixConnie Nielsen

Action    Adventure Drama    Adventure

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Ran 1985, 162 min.

Akira Kurosawa     Starring: Tatsuya NakadaiAkira TeraoJinpachi Nezu

Action    Based-on-Shakespeare    Drama

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Apollo 13 1995, 140 min.

Ron Howard     Starring: Tom HanksKevin BaconGary Sinise

Adventure    Adventure Drama    Based-on-a-True-Story

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Doctor Zhivago 1965, 197 min.

David Lean     Starring: Rod SteigerAlec GuinnessOmar Sharif

Costume Romance    Epic    Historical Epic

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300 2007, 116 min.

Zack Snyder     Starring: Gerard ButlerLena HeadeyDominic West

Action    Based-on-Comics    Epic

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Zulu 1964, 138 min.

Cy Endfield     Starring: Michael CaineJames BoothStanley Baker

Action    Adventure    Adventure Drama

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JFK 1991, 189 min.

Oliver Stone     Starring: Kevin CostnerGary OldmanKevin Bacon

Biopic    Drama    Ensemble Film

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Ip Man 2008, 106 min.

Wilson Yip     Starring: Donnie YenSimon YamSiu-Wong Fan

Action    Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic

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The Leopard 1963, 187 min.

Luchino Visconti     Starring: Claudia CardinaleBurt LancasterAlain Delon

Drama    Epic    Family Drama

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The Devils 1971, 111 min.

Ken Russell     Starring: Vanessa RedgraveOliver ReedDudley Sutton

Drama    Historical Film    Period Film

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Häxan 1922, 104 min.

Benjamin Christensen     Starring: Maren PedersenClara PontoppidanElith Pio

Docudrama    Documentary    Drama

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Gandhi 1982, 188 min.

Richard Attenborough     Starring: Edward FoxJohn GielgudTrevor Howard

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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The Last Samurai 2003, 154 min.

Edward Zwick     Starring: Ken WatanabeTom CruiseHiroyuki Sanada

Drama    Epic    Historical Epic

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Hero 2002, 99 min.

Yimou Zhang     Starring: Jet LiTony Leung Chiu WaiMaggie Cheung

Action    Epic    Foreign Language Film

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Reds 1981, 194 min.

Warren Beatty     Starring: Warren BeattyDiane KeatonEdward Herrmann

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Epic

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The Mission 1986, 126 min.

Roland Joffé     Starring: Robert De NiroJeremy IronsRay McAnally

Drama    Historical Film    Jungle Film

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Selma 2014, 128 min.

Ava DuVernay     Starring: David OyelowoCarmen EjogoTom Wilkinson

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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The Patriot 2000, 165 min.

Roland Emmerich     Starring: Mel GibsonHeath LedgerJason Isaacs

Drama    Epic    Historical Epic

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Silence 2016, 159 min.

Martin Scorsese     Starring: Andrew GarfieldAdam DriverLiam Neeson

Drama    Historical Film    Period Film

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Red Cliff 2008, 148 min.

John Woo     Starring: Wei ZhaoTakeshi KaneshiroTony Leung Chiu Wai

Adventure    Costume Adventure    Epic

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Thirteen Days 2000, 145 min.

Roger Donaldson     Starring: Kevin CostnerSteven CulpDylan Baker

Docudrama    Drama    Historical Film

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Troy 2004, 163 min.

Wolfgang Petersen     Starring: Brad PittOrlando BloomDiane Kruger

Action    Adventure    Costume Adventure

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The Alamo 1960, 140 min.

John Wayne     Starring: John WayneRichard WidmarkLaurence Harvey

Epic    Historical Epic    Historical Film

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The Birth of a Nation 1915, 190 min.

D.W. Griffith     Starring: Lillian GishMae MarshHenry B. Walthall

Drama    Epic    Historical Epic

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Michael Collins 1996, 133 min.

Neil Jordan     Starring: Liam NeesonAidan QuinnJulia Roberts

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Drama

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The Post 2017, 115 min.

Steven Spielberg     Starring: Meryl StreepTom HanksSarah Paulson

Based-on-a-True-Story    Biopic    Docudrama

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Senso 1954, 118 min.

Luchino Visconti     Starring: Christian MarquandAlida ValliFarley Granger

Biopic    Costume Romance    Drama

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Titanic 1996, 173 min.

Robert Lieberman     Starring: Tim CurryCatherine Zeta-JonesPeter Gallagher

Action    Drama    Epic

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