Best history-ish movies/series

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1. Rome (2005–2007)

TV-MA | 90 min | Action, Drama, History

A down-to-earth account of the lives of both illustrious and ordinary Romans set in the last days of the Roman Republic.

Stars: Kevin McKidd, Ray Stevenson, Polly Walker, Kerry Condon

Votes: 139,267

2. Ashes in the Snow (2018)

98 min | Drama, History, Romance

43 Metascore

In 1941, a 16 year-old aspiring artist and her family are deported to Siberia amidst Stalin's brutal dismantling of the Baltic region. One girl's passion for art and her never-ending hope will break the silence of history.

Director: Marius A. Markevicius | Stars: Bel Powley, Sophie Cookson, James Cosmo, Jonah Hauer-King

Votes: 3,596

3. The Flowers of War (2011)

R | 146 min | Drama, History, Romance

46 Metascore

An American finds refuge during the 1937 Japanese invasion of Nanking in a church with a group of women. Posing as a priest, he attempts to lead the women to safety.

Director: Yimou Zhang | Stars: Christian Bale, Ni Ni, Xinyi Zhang, Tianyuan Huang

Votes: 45,476 | Gross: $0.01M

4. Call the Midwife (2012– )

TV-PG | 60 min | Drama, History

Chronicles the lives of a group of midwives living in East London in the late-1950s to mid-1960s.

Stars: Vanessa Redgrave, Laura Main, Jenny Agutter, Judy Parfitt

Votes: 17,217

5. The Crown (2016– )

TV-MA | 58 min | Drama, History

Follows the political rivalries and romance of Queen Elizabeth II's reign and the events that shaped the second half of the 20th century.

Stars: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman, Tobias Menzies

Votes: 80,075

6. Harlots (2017– )

TV-MA | 45 min | Drama

Brothel owner Margaret Wells struggles to raise her daughters in London during the 18th century.

Stars: Ellie Heydon, Samantha Morton, Lesley Manville, Jessica Brown Findlay

Votes: 4,466

7. The Last Kingdom (2015– )

TV-MA | 60 min | Action, Drama, History

As Alfred the Great defends his kingdom from Norse invaders, Uhtred - born a Saxon but raised by Vikings - seeks to claim his ancestral birthright.

Stars: Alexander Dreymon, Ian Hart, David Dawson, Eliza Butterworth

Votes: 51,942

8. Genius (I) (2017– )

TV-14 | 43 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life stories of history's greatest minds. From their days as young adults to their final years we see their discoveries, loves, relationships, causes, flaws and genius.

Stars: Samantha Colley, Seth Gabel, Antonio Banderas, Clémence Poésy

Votes: 13,889

9. Black Sails (2014–2017)

TV-MA | 56 min | Adventure, Drama

Follows Captain Flint and his pirates twenty years prior to Robert Louis Stevenson's classic novel "Treasure Island."

Stars: Jessica Parker Kennedy, Toby Stephens, Hannah New, Zach McGowan

Votes: 80,957

10. Braveheart (1995)

R | 178 min | Biography, Drama, History

68 Metascore

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan, Angus Macfadyen

Votes: 884,018 | Gross: $75.60M

11. The Tudors (2007–2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

A dramatic series about the reign and marriages of King Henry VIII.

Stars: Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Henry Cavill, Anthony Brophy, James Frain

Votes: 61,970

12. Aftershock (2010)

Not Rated | 135 min | Drama

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Daoming Chen, Chen Li, Yi Lu, Fan Xu

Votes: 8,161 | Gross: $0.06M

13. Lust, Caution (2007)

NC-17 | 157 min | Drama, History, Romance

61 Metascore

During World War II era, a young woman, Wang Jiazhi, gets swept up in a dangerous game of emotional intrigue with a powerful political figure, Mr. Yee.

Director: Ang Lee | Stars: Tony Chiu-Wai Leung, Wei Tang, Joan Chen, Leehom Wang

Votes: 34,418 | Gross: $4.60M

14. The Lady (2011)

R | 132 min | Biography, Drama, History

43 Metascore

The story of Aung San Suu Kyi as she becomes the core of Burma's democracy movement, and her relationship with her husband, writer Michael Aris.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, Jonathan Raggett, Jonathan Woodhouse

Votes: 9,692 | Gross: $0.36M

15. Centurion (2010)

R | 97 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

62 Metascore

A splinter group of Roman soldiers fight for their lives behind enemy lines after their legion is devastated in a guerrilla attack.

Director: Neil Marshall | Stars: Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Andreas Wisniewski

Votes: 73,661 | Gross: $0.12M

16. First They Killed My Father (2017)

TV-MA | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 10,241

17. The Railway Man (2013)

R | 116 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

59 Metascore

A former British Army officer, who was tortured as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him.

Director: Jonathan Teplitzky | Stars: Colin Firth, Nicole Kidman, Stellan Skarsgård, Jeremy Irvine

Votes: 34,340 | Gross: $4.44M

18. The Book of Negroes (2015)

265 min | Drama, History, War

Kidnapped in Africa and subsequently enslaved in South Carolina, Aminata must navigate a revolution in New York, isolation in Nova Scotia, and the treacherous jungles of Sierra Leone, in an attempt to secure her freedom in the eighteenth century.

Stars: Aunjanue Ellis, Lyriq Bent, Ben Chaplin, Allan Hawco

Votes: 1,696

19. True Grit (2010)

PG-13 | 110 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A stubborn teenager enlists the help of a tough U.S. Marshal to track down her father's murderer.

Directors: Ethan Coen, Joel Coen | Stars: Jeff Bridges, Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, Josh Brolin

Votes: 282,090 | Gross: $171.24M

20. The Book Thief (2013)

PG-13 | 131 min | Drama, War

53 Metascore

While subjected to the horrors of World War II Germany, young Liesel finds solace by stealing books and sharing them with others. In the basement of her home, a Jewish refugee is being protected by her adoptive parents.

Director: Brian Percival | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Geoffrey Rush, Emily Watson, Ben Schnetzer

Votes: 118,256 | Gross: $21.49M

21. Munich (2005)

R | 164 min | Drama, History, Thriller

74 Metascore

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Josée Croze, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 197,795 | Gross: $47.40M

22. Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

R | 144 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

63 Metascore

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.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Martin Hancock

Votes: 248,857 | Gross: $47.40M

23. Gladiator (2000)

R | 155 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

67 Metascore

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed

Votes: 1,199,304 | Gross: $187.71M

24. The Count of Monte Cristo (2002)

PG-13 | 131 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

61 Metascore

A young man, falsely imprisoned by his jealous "friend", escapes and uses a hidden treasure to exact his revenge.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce, Richard Harris, James Frain

Votes: 119,529 | Gross: $54.23M

25. Legends of the Fall (1994)

R | 133 min | Drama, Romance, War

45 Metascore

In the early 1900s, three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of Montana are affected by betrayal, history, love, nature, and war.

Director: Edward Zwick | Stars: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond

Votes: 132,130 | Gross: $66.64M

26. Sarah's Key (2010)

PG-13 | 111 min | Drama, War

59 Metascore

In modern-day Paris, a journalist finds her life becoming entwined with a young girl whose family was torn apart during the notorious Vel' d'Hiv Roundup in 1942.

Director: Gilles Paquet-Brenner | Stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Mélusine Mayance, Niels Arestrup, Frédéric Pierrot

Votes: 15,004 | Gross: $7.69M

27. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-Woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 76,535 | Gross: $2.01M

28. The Painted Veil (2006)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

A British medical doctor fights a cholera epidemic in a small Chinese village, while being trapped at home in a loveless marriage to an unfaithful wife.

Director: John Curran | Stars: Naomi Watts, Edward Norton, Liev Schreiber, Catherine An

Votes: 85,236 | Gross: $8.06M

29. Remember (I) (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp to kill him himself.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith, Martin Landau

Votes: 18,868 | Gross: $0.64M

30. The Water Diviner (2014)

R | 111 min | Drama, History, War

50 Metascore

An Australian man travels to Turkey after the Battle of Gallipoli to try and locate his three missing sons.

Director: Russell Crowe | Stars: Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Jai Courtney, Isabel Lucas

Votes: 66,223 | Gross: $4.19M

31. Fury (2014)

R | 134 min | Action, Drama, War

64 Metascore

A grizzled tank commander makes tough decisions as he and his crew fight their way across Germany in April, 1945.

Director: David Ayer | Stars: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña

Votes: 378,710 | Gross: $85.82M

32. Mother of Mine (2005)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama, War

During World War II, more than 70,000 Finnish children were evacuated to neutral Sweden to avoid the conflict. From the award-winning Klaus Härö (Elina: As If I Wasn't There (2002)), "... See full summary »

Director: Klaus Härö | Stars: Topi Majaniemi, Marjaana Maijala, Maria Lundqvist, Michael Nyqvist

Votes: 4,013

33. Downton Abbey (2010–2015)

TV-PG | 58 min | Drama, Romance

A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in the early 20th Century.

Stars: Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern, Brendan Coyle

Votes: 140,593

34. The Duchess (2008)

PG-13 | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

62 Metascore

A chronicle of the life of 18th-century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Dominic Cooper, Charlotte Rampling

Votes: 72,199 | Gross: $13.82M

35. The Pillars of the Earth (2010)

TV-MA | 60 min | Drama, History, Romance

Set against a backdrop of war, religious strife and power struggles which tears lives and families apart.

Stars: Ian McShane, Matthew Macfadyen, Eddie Redmayne, Hayley Atwell

Votes: 26,400

36. The Way Back (I) (2010)

PG-13 | 133 min | Adventure, Drama, History

66 Metascore

Siberian gulag escapees travel 4,000 miles by foot to freedom in India.

Director: Peter Weir | Stars: Jim Sturgess, Ed Harris, Colin Farrell, Dragos Bucur

Votes: 101,562 | Gross: $2.70M

37. Birdsong (2012)

165 min | Drama, History, Romance

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Clémence Poésy, Matthew Goode, Rory Keenan

Votes: 5,100

38. Hidden Figures (2016)

PG | 127 min | Biography, Drama, History

74 Metascore

The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.

Director: Theodore Melfi | Stars: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner

Votes: 168,667 | Gross: $169.61M

39. The Prestige (2006)

PG-13 | 130 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

After a tragic accident, two stage magicians engage in a battle to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they have to outwit each other.

Director: Christopher Nolan | Stars: Christian Bale, Hugh Jackman, Scarlett Johansson, Michael Caine

Votes: 1,053,721 | Gross: $53.09M

40. Hacksaw Ridge (2016)

R | 139 min | Biography, Drama, History

71 Metascore

World War II 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.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer

Votes: 360,440 | Gross: $67.21M

41. The Illusionist (2006)

PG-13 | 110 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

68 Metascore

In turn-of-the-century Vienna, a magician uses his abilities to secure the love of a woman far above his social standing.

Director: Neil Burger | Stars: Edward Norton, Jessica Biel, Paul Giamatti, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 335,456 | Gross: $39.87M

42. Joyeux Noel (2005)

PG-13 | 116 min | Drama, History, Music

70 Metascore

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

Director: Christian Carion | Stars: Diane Kruger, Benno Fürmann, Guillaume Canet, Natalie Dessay

Votes: 25,508 | Gross: $1.05M

43. The Innocents (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Drama, History

78 Metascore

1945. Mathilde is a French Red Cross doctor working on a mission to help the French survivors of the German camps. While she works in Poland, she is asked for help by a nun. In her convent, several nuns got pregnant.

Director: Anne Fontaine | Stars: Lou de Laâge, Agata Buzek, Agata Kulesza, Vincent Macaigne

Votes: 7,871 | Gross: $1.06M

44. A Royal Affair (2012)

R | 137 min | Biography, Drama, History

73 Metascore

A young queen, who is married to an insane king, falls secretly in love with her physician - and together they start a revolution that changes a nation forever.

Director: Nikolaj Arcel | Stars: Alicia Vikander, Mads Mikkelsen, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Trine Dyrholm

Votes: 40,721 | Gross: $1.55M

45. Cold Mountain (2003)

R | 154 min | Adventure, Drama, History

73 Metascore

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins

Votes: 131,570 | Gross: $95.64M

46. Vera Drake (2004)

R | 125 min | Crime, Drama

83 Metascore

Abortionist Vera Drake finds her beliefs and practices clash with the mores of 1950s Britain--a conflict that leads to tragedy for her family.

Director: Mike Leigh | Stars: Imelda Staunton, Jim Broadbent, Heather Craney, Richard Graham

Votes: 22,347 | Gross: $3.75M

47. The English Patient (1996)

R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War

87 Metascore

At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.

Director: Anthony Minghella | Stars: Ralph Fiennes, Juliette Binoche, Willem Dafoe, Kristin Scott Thomas

Votes: 165,107 | Gross: $78.65M

48. Belle (2013)

PG | 100 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

64 Metascore

The mixed-race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th-century England.

Director: Amma Asante | Stars: Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Matthew Goode, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson

Votes: 25,585 | Gross: $10.73M

49. Land of Mine (2015)

R | 100 min | Drama, History, War