Top 10 Historical Movies

Tuesday, November 30 by Jacob Quinn

The top 10 historical movies all do a good job recreating an era from the distant past. They’re very diverse in terms of genre, ranging from dramas to adventure films. All of them are excellent when it comes to combining entertainment with a bit of education about history, so you’ll learn something while watching them and get a sense of how people viewed the world in different times.

  1. “Seven Samurai” is a samurai film by the famous director Akira Kurosawa. It’s about a group of samurai who take an oath to protect a village from bandits. The movie is more of an adventure film than anything else, and it’s extremely well made.
  2. “Barry Lyndon” is one of the most entertaining historical movies. This film, which was directed by Stanley Kubrick, is about a roguish drifter in the Victorian era and his adventures as a soldier and a lover. 
  3. “The Grapes of Wrath” is a film by John Ford, and it’s based on a famous novel by John Steinbeck. It’s about exploitation of poor farmers from Oklahoma during the great depression.
  4. “Titanic” is a wonderful romantic historical epic that’s directed by James Cameron. The movie does a great job setting up the initial romance, which helps make the action-packed conclusion all-the-more effective.
  5. “Que Viva Mexico” is a very unusual film by the famous Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. This tells the story of Mexican history through a series of short tales from different times. Parts of the film feel like you’re watching a documentary, while other parts are more like watching a fictional film.
  6. “Saving Private Ryan” is one of the top historical movies because it has the most realistic battle scenes ever created. It follows a group of American soldiers as they try to survive during WWII. 
  7. “The Pianist” is one of the most disturbing movies ever made, and probably the hardest film to watch on this list of the top historical movies. It’s about a Jewish pianist trying to live through the holocaust during WWII.
  8. “Aguirre: The Wrath of God” is a film by Werner Herzog about conquistadors exploring the Amazon River, looking for the city of gold. This German film is one of the most unusual items among the top historical movies, and there really isn't any other movie to compare it too.
  9. “Gone with the Wind” is one of the older films on this list of the top historical movies. It has an old-fashioned romanticized view of the civil-war-era south, and this view has become somewhat outdated, but the movie is still very enjoyable because it has great characters and amazing production values.
  10. “Alexander Nevsky” is another film by the famous Russian director Sergei Eisenstein. This one is a romanticized story about a character from Russian history, and it has some amazing medieval battle scenes.