Favorite History Movies

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1. Noah (2014)

PG-13 | 138 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

68 Metascore

Noah (Russell Crowe) is chosen by God to undertake a momentous mission before an apocalyptic flood cleanses the world.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins, Emma Watson

Votes: 230,121 | Gross: $101.20M

2. Exodus: Gods and Kings (2014)

PG-13 | 150 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

52 Metascore

The defiant leader Moses rises up against Egyptian Pharaoh Ramses II, setting six hundred thousand slaves on a monumental journey of escape from Egypt and its terrifying cycle of deadly plagues.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Christian Bale, Joel Edgerton, Ben Kingsley, Sigourney Weaver

Votes: 151,397 | Gross: $65.01M

3. Samson and Delilah (1949)

Approved | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, History

When strongman Samson rejects the love of the beautiful Philistine woman Delilah, she seeks vengeance that brings horrible consequences they both regret.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille | Stars: Hedy Lamarr, Victor Mature, George Sanders, Angela Lansbury

Votes: 6,292 | Gross: $28.80M

4. King David (1985)

PG-13 | 114 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

This is a movie about the life of Israel's king David.

Director: Bruce Beresford | Stars: Richard Gere, Edward Woodward, Alice Krige, Denis Quilley

Votes: 1,916 | Gross: $4.80M

5. Solomon and Sheba (1959)

Not Rated | 141 min | Drama, History, Romance

After becoming king of ancient Israel, Solomon faces threats coming from his jealous dispossessed brother Adonijah, the Egyptian Pharaoh and the scheming Queen of Sheba.

Director: King Vidor | Stars: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Marisa Pavan

Votes: 2,643 | Gross: $12.20M

6. Elijah

Action | Pre-production

Elijah is the epic Biblical story following Elijah as he is called by God to confront King Ahab and and the wicked Queen Jezebel as they battle for the hearts and minds of the God's chosen people.

Director: Brett Leonard

7. The Book of Daniel (2013)

G | 90 min | Drama, History

In 605 B.C. Jerusalem was conquered by the Babylonians and many of their best young men were taken into captivity, including Daniel. Daniel was taken to Babylon to serve it. As Powerful ... See full summary »

Director: Anna Zielinski | Stars: Robert Miano, Andrew Bongiorno, Lance Henriksen, Kevin McCorkle

Votes: 931

8. One Night with the King (2006)

PG | 123 min | Biography, Drama, History

38 Metascore

In Biblical times, a girl disguises her Jewish origins when the Persian king comes looking for a new bride among his subjects.

Director: Michael O. Sajbel | Stars: Tiffany Dupont, Luke Goss, John Noble, Omar Sharif

Votes: 6,455 | Gross: $13.40M

9. Alexander (2004)

R | 175 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

39 Metascore

Alexander (Colin Farrell), the King of Macedonia and one of the greatest army leaders in the history of warfare, conquers much of the known world.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Colin Farrell, Anthony Hopkins, Rosario Dawson, Angelina Jolie

Votes: 155,057 | Gross: $34.30M

10. Julius Caesar (1953)

Not Rated | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar, but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Louis Calhern, Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud

Votes: 9,470

11. Cleopatra (1963)

G | 192 min | Biography, Drama, History

60 Metascore

Queen Cleopatra of Egypt experiences both triumph and tragedy as she attempts to resist the imperial ambitions of Rome.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown

Votes: 26,645 | Gross: $57.78M

12. The Passion of the Christ (2004)

R | 127 min | Drama

47 Metascore

Depicts the final twelve hours in the life of Jesus of Nazareth, on the day of his crucifixion in Jerusalem.

Director: Mel Gibson | Stars: Jim Caviezel, Monica Bellucci, Maia Morgenstern, Christo Jivkov

Votes: 201,934 | Gross: $370.78M

13. Risen (2016)

PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

51 Metascore

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

Director: Kevin Reynolds | Stars: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis

Votes: 22,928 | Gross: $36.87M

14. Saul: The Journey to Damascus (2014)

TV-PG | 86 min | Drama

Known as Saul the Butcher, the stoning of Stephen was said to have shattered Saul's faith in the Temple and its denial of Christ as the Messiah. His conversion to Christianity and baptism as Paul changed the history of the world.

Director: Mario Azzopardi | Stars: John Rhys-Davies, Emmanuelle Vaugier, Kris Holden-Ried, Kyle Schmid

Votes: 149

15. Constantine and the Cross (1961)

Approved | 120 min | Adventure, Drama, History

Biopic of Constantine the Great, set between 293-312 AD, from his days as Tribune to his accession as Roman Emperor of Gaul under the tetrarchy system and ending with his battle against the usurper Roman Emperor Maxentius in Rome.

Director: Lionello De Felice | Stars: Cornel Wilde, Belinda Lee, Massimo Serato, Christine Kaufmann

Votes: 357

16. Sign of the Pagan (1954)

Approved | 92 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

With the Roman Empire divided, Attila the Hun hopes to conquer. In his way are a brave centurion, a beautiful princess...and Christianity.

Director: Douglas Sirk | Stars: Jeff Chandler, Jack Palance, Ludmilla Tchérina, Rita Gam

Votes: 541

17. The Last Legion (2007)

PG-13 | 101 min | Action, Adventure, War

37 Metascore

As the Roman empire crumbles, young Romulus Augustus flees the city and embarks on a perilous voyage to Britain to track down a legion of supporters.

Director: Doug Lefler | Stars: Colin Firth, Ben Kingsley, Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Peter Mullan

Votes: 32,736 | Gross: $5.93M

18. Theodora, Slave Empress (1954)

Approved | 88 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Teodora, a Roman courtesan and former slave girl, marries the Roman emperor Justinian and assumes the throne as Empress of Rome. But the divide between nobility and slave is too great. ... See full summary »

Director: Riccardo Freda | Stars: Georges Marchal, Gianna Maria Canale, Renato Baldini, Irene Papas

Votes: 184

19. 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: 251,411 | Gross: $47.40M

20. The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999)

R | 148 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

54 Metascore

A young girl receives a vision that drives her to rid France of its oppressors.

Director: Luc Besson | Stars: Milla Jovovich, John Malkovich, Rab Affleck, Stéphane Algoud

Votes: 61,343 | Gross: $14.28M

21. 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992)

PG-13 | 154 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

47 Metascore

Christopher Columbus' discovery of the Americas and the effect this has on the indigenous people.

Director: Ridley Scott | Stars: Gérard Depardieu, Armand Assante, Sigourney Weaver, Loren Dean

Votes: 26,265 | Gross: $7.19M

22. Martin Luther (1953)

Approved | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

Biopic of German priest Martin Luther (Niall MacGinnis), covering his life between 1505 and 1530 A.D., and the birth of the Protestant Reformation movement.

Director: Irving Pichel | Stars: Niall MacGinnis, John Ruddock, Pierre Lefevre, Guy Verney

Votes: 406

23. The New World (2005)

PG-13 | 135 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

Director: Terrence Malick | Stars: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale

Votes: 78,841 | Gross: $12.71M

24. The Patriot (2000)

R | 165 min | Action, Drama, History

63 Metascore

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

Director: Roland Emmerich | Stars: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs

Votes: 238,739 | Gross: $113.33M

25. Lincoln (2012)

PG-13 | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

86 Metascore

As the American Civil War continues to rage, America's president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Votes: 229,604 | Gross: $182.21M

26. Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Approved | 216 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama

100 Metascore

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.

Director: David Lean | Stars: Peter O'Toole, Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins

Votes: 244,633 | Gross: $44.82M

27. The Hiding Place (1975)

PG | 150 min | Biography, Drama, History

During WW2, a Dutch family caught hiding Jews is sent to a concentration camp where their Christian faith helps them endure the hardships.

Director: James F. Collier | Stars: Julie Harris, Jeannette Clift, Arthur O'Connell, Robert Rietty

Votes: 1,625

28. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

R | 169 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

Following the Normandy Landings, a group of U.S. soldiers go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper whose brothers have been killed in action.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns

Votes: 1,120,253 | Gross: $216.54M

29. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

88 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint

Votes: 78,050 | Gross: $52.08M

30. World Trade Center (2006)

PG-13 | 129 min | Drama, History, Thriller

66 Metascore

Two Port Authority police officers become trapped under the rubble of the World Trade Center.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Michael Peña, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal

Votes: 74,361 | Gross: $70.28M

31. Zero Dark Thirty (2012)

R | 157 min | Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

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.s Team 6 in May 2011.

Director: Kathryn Bigelow | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Mark Strong

Votes: 252,425 | Gross: $95.72M

32. Snowden (2016)

R | 134 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

The NSA's illegal surveillance techniques are leaked to the public by one of the agency's employees, Edward Snowden, in the form of thousands of classified documents distributed to the press.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto

Votes: 120,315 | Gross: $21.59M



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