World history might not have been an interesting subject for some people in school but on the television, we all have our beloved world history movies.  Below is a list of the 10 best world history movies thus far.


This movie not only depicts what it was like to be a Roman gladiator and slave, but also is an inspiring look at human spirit, courage and perseverance. It was such a motivational story and amazing film, it sparked the inspiration for a hit TV series about 50 years later.

"Lawrence of Arabia"

This is one of the greatest movies which captures life during World War I. It has some of the best cinematography and performances of its time and takes a close look at the internal struggle many soldiers on all sides faced about loyalty and personal sacrifice.


Created in 1982, this movie depicts the life of Gandhi as he stands up against colonial rule and the caste system in India. It shows a side of the man that many may not know and is a wonderful depiction of non-violent triumph.

"Life is Beautiful"

World War II was a poignant and painful time for America, and memories of many atrocities may be passed through the generation for many years to come. But for one little boy, it was all a game and the grand prize for winning was his very own tank.

"Gone with the Wind"

This movie tells of life in the old South during the American Civil War from the perspective of a woman and the man who falls in love with her. A classic film all around.

"Sound of Music"

This movie has been showcased on film but was originally a musical in the theater. It begins in a tumultuous way, but soon transforms into a happy story with plenty of reason to sing, only to have the happiness fall apart as Nazi Germany invades.

"Schindler's List"

Starring Liam Neeson, this movie takes a very honest look of one of the folk heroes of WWII—a man who personally saved more than 1,200 Jews. It is heart wrenching and inspiring all at the same time.

"Army of Shadows"

This movie shows us the everyday struggle of the French Resistants in a way many have never seen. From internal treachery to dangerous Nazi foes, the real struggle is to survive.

"Saving Private Ryan"

This movie is one of the best performances by Tom Hanks and describes what some of the soldiers experienced during the Battle of Normandy. It is one of the most truthful looks military brotherhood during a time of war that has ever made it to the big screen.

"All the President’s Men"

This film is still one of the greatest to describe in detail the dealings during the Watergate scandal. Not all wars and battles are fought on the battlefield, as one truth-seeking reporter quickly learns.