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Oct 21 2010
1 Titanic (the Titanic disaster) 17455
2 Spartacus: Blood and Sand (2010), starring Andy Whitfield, Lucy Lawless, set in the Roman Empire 17382
3 The Tudors, an Irish/Canadian produced historical fiction television series based loosely upon the reign of Henry VIII of England. It is named after the Tudor dynasty. 14327
4 Braveheart (1995), about William Wallace, a Scottish knight who fought for Scotland's independence in the 1290s. 14155
5 300 (2007), starring Gerard Butler, a film set in the Battle of Thermopylae 11547
6 Full Metal Jacket (Vietnam War) 8642
7 The Seventh Seal (1957), Ingmar Bergman's classic film set against the backdrop of plague-ridden medieval Sweden. 8164
8 Gladiator (2000), starring Russell Crowe, set during the reign of Roman Emperors Marcus Aurelius and Commodus, who ruled from 180 to 192. 7464
9 Apocalypse Now (Vietnam War) 7454
10 Schindler's List (German industrialist Oskar Schindler's assistance to keep Jewish people from being interred in concentration camps during World War II) 7261
11 Troy (2004), starring Brad Pitt, Eric Bana and Orlando Bloom, based on Homer's Iliad. This movie is set in the Bronze Age, c. 1190 BC. 6621
12 Saving Private Ryan (D-Day and its aftermath) 6552
13 The Thin Red Line (The Battle of Guadalcanal) 6285
14 Rome (2005), a television series set in the time of the Roman Empire. 5599
15 Gone with the Wind (the American Civil War) 5379
16 Black Hawk Down (set in 1993 during the Battle of Mogadishu) 5322
17 Kingdom of Heaven (2005), set during the Crusades in the 1180s, particularly focusing on the Battle of Hattin and the Siege of Jerusalem which led to the Third Crusade. 4553
18 Valkyrie (July 20 plot to assassinate Adolf Hitler) 4472
19 Platoon (Vietnam War) 4044
20 Beowulf (2007), loose adaptation of the Anglo-Saxon poem. 3886
21 Blood Diamond (set during the Sierra Leone Civil War) 3857
22 Pearl Harbor 3833
23 Gandhi (Mohandas K. Gandhi) 3627
24 The Last Samurai, set in the late 1870s 3608
25 Centurion (2010), about the supposed fate of the Ninth Legion in AD 117. 3552
26 Downfall (the defeat of Adolf Hitler and the Third Reich) 3521
27 Zodiac (the Zodiac murders in the United States during the 1960s and 1970s) 3283
28 Alexander (2004), starring Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, and Anthony Hopkins, based on the life of Alexander the Great (4th century BC). 3195
29 King Arthur, a 2004 movie set in the last years of the Roman occupation. It tells the story of King Arthur, but it depicts him as a Roman warrior instead of a medieval king. 3191
30 Milk (film) (life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk) 3185
31 W. (film) (The life and presidency of George W. Bush) 3140
32 Amadeus about the life and death of Mozart. 3078
33 Glory (about one of the first official African-American units in the United States armed forces, the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry, which fought in the American Civil War in the mid-19th century) 3058
34 Spartacus (1960), set during the Third Servile War (73-71 BCE). 3024
35 Dances with Wolves 2983
36 A Night to Remember (the Titanic disaster) 2958
37 Munich (the murder of Israeli athletes during the 1972 Summer Olympics) 2950
38 Hotel Rwanda (the 1990s Rwandan Genocide) 2868
39 The 13th Warrior (1999), movie that blends elements of the historical account of the travels of Ahmad ibn Fadlan (AD 922), the legend of Beowulf (6th century), and the Kurosawa film The Seven Samurai. 2811
40 Ben-Hur (1959), set in the Roman Empire c. A.D. 26. Starring Charlton Heston. 2719
41 Clash of the Titans (1981), starring Laurence Olivier, Harry Hamlin and Burgess Meredith. This film is based on the legendary adventures of the Greek hero Perseus. Contrary to its misleading title, it has little or nothing to do with the Titans. 2676
42 Lawrence of Arabia (The Arab Revolt) 2655
43 The Pillars of the Earth (2010), miniseries set in England from 1120-1170 focusing on the construction of a cathedral during the civil wars between King Stephen and his cousin Maud. 2599
44 The Young Victoria, portrays the early years of the reign of Queen Victoria and her relationship with Prince Albert 2561
45 We Were Soldiers (the first days of the Vietnam War) 2547
46 Hero (2002), starring Jet Li, set in ancient China during the 3rd century BC 2491
47 Enemy at the Gates (based on the Battle of Stalingrad from a Soviet perspective) 2446
48 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2407
49 Black Death (2010), horror film set during the initial outbreak of the plague (AD 1348-49), starring Sean Bean. 2387
50 The Crucible written by Arthur Miller, about the Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s. 2308
51 The Good Shepherd (rise of Central Intelligence Agency Counter-intelligence leading up to the Bay of Pigs Invasion) 2303
52 A Knight's Tale (2001), loose adaptation of The Knight's Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer, this tale is partially inspired by the exploits of William Marshall, but set in the 1350s (with mention made to Edward, the Black Prince and the Battle of Poitiers (1356)). 2292
53 Bonnie and Clyde 2286
54 Frost/Nixon (the Frost Nixon interviews) 2167
55 Tombstone (events leading up to the 1881 Gunfight at the O.K. Corral) 2123
56 Che (Che Guevara) 2119
57 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, which focuses on the end of Jesse James' career as a criminal and the man who eventually kills him, Robert Ford in 1882. 2116
58 Elizabeth, about Elizabeth I of England, a Queen in the 16th century. 2102
59 JFK (the assassination of President John F. Kennedy) 2094
60 Marie Antoinette (2006 film) about Marie Antoinette, Queen of France, 18th century) 2089
61 Behind Enemy Lines (set during the Bosnian War in former Yugoslavia) 2048
62 The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas 2043
63 The Bridge on the River Kwai (construction of the Burma Railway by British prisoners of war during World War II) 1950
64 The Other Boleyn Girl about Anne Boleyn, Queen of England. 1915
65 10,000 BC (2008) 1913
66 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1909
67 Charlie Wilson's War (set during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan) 1891
68 Agora (2009),starring Rachel Weisz, a film set in the Roman Egypt 1888
69 Roots (the slave trade) set between 1750 and roughly 1880. 1886
70 The Queen (HM Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom) 1833
71 Bobby (the assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy in 1968) 1796
72 Jarhead (Gulf War) 1689
73 Flags of Our Fathers (Battle of Iwo Jima from American perspective) 1683
74 Three Kings (1991 Iraqi uprising against Saddam Hussein and aftermath of the Gulf War) 1682
75 Letters from Iwo Jima (Battle of Iwo Jima from Japanese perspective) 1676
76 Doctor Zhivago 1664
77 Mississippi Burning (the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation investigation into the murders of civil rights workers in 1964) 1650
78 Elizabeth: The Golden Age, a 2007 historical drama starring Cate Blanchett and Clive Owen. 1630
79 World Trade Center (the September 11 attacks in 2001) 1630
80 The Last Legion (2007) connecting (in heavy fictionalized fashion) the deposition of the last western emperor Romulus Augustus by Odoacer with the myth of Uther Pendragon and Battle of Mons Badonicus. 1608
81 The Doors (1960s in the United States) 1558
82 The Legend of Bagger Vance set in Savannah, Georgia, in 1931. 1508
83 Cleopatra (1963), starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, set during the first years of the Roman Empire (1st century BC) that depicts the life of Cleopatra, a queen of Egypt. 1503
84 The Longest Day (D-Day during World War II) 1478
85 Barry Lyndon 1472
86 The Killing Fields (the Khmer Rouge's genocide) 1404
87 Mongol, the rise to power of Genghis Khan in the late 12th century. 1403
88 Patton (the exploits of General George S. Patton during World War II) 1339
89 Lions for Lambs (War in Iraq and War in Afghanistan (2001–present) ) 1261
90 Brotherhood of the Wolf (2001) based on a real-life series of killings that took place in France in the 18th century and on the famous legend around the Beast of Gévaudan (1764–1767). 1174
91 The 300 Spartans (1961), reenactment of the Battle of Thermopylae (480 BCE). 1171
92 Thirteen Days (the 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis) 1161
93 Evita (Evita Peron) 1160
94 The Eagle (2011), a young Roman man attempts to find out what happened to his father in the Ninth Legion. 1157
95 Bright Star (2009), set in 1818-1821, the last three years of poet John Keats' life 1128
96 The Alamo (2004 film) (The Battle of the Alamo, 1836) 1113
97 Tora! Tora! Tora! (the attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941) 1112
98 The Name of the Rose (1986) Starring Sean Connery and Christian Slater. Based on the novel by Umberto Eco, set in an Italian monastery during the early 14th century. 1103
99 The Libertine, about the career of the 17th century poet John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester. 1089
100 All the President's Men (the Nixon-era Watergate scandal) 1072
101 The Right Stuff (the Project Mercury space launches) 1061
102 The Messenger: The Story of Joan of Arc (1999), set in France in the beginnings of the 15th century. The movie is about Joan of Arc, the legendary female warrior during the 100 Years' War. 1031
103 Amazing Grace (William Wilberforce's campaign to abolish slavery in Britain, 1807) 1028
104 All Quiet On The Western Front (Western Front of World War I) 1026
105 1492: Conquest of Paradise, a movie that tells the story of the discovery and conquest of the New World by Christopher Columbus in 1492. 1007
106 Summer of Sam (the Son of Sam murders in New York City in 1977) 999
107 Michael Collins (Irish Michael Collins) 998
108 Miracle (the U.S. hockey team's gold medal victory at the 1980 Winter Olympics) 954
109 Rob Roy (about Scottish folk hero Robert Roy MacGregor), set in 1713. 949
110 Cry Freedom (set during the apartheid era of South Africa) 940
111 Spartacus (2004), miniseries about the Third Servile War (73-71 BCE). 925
112 Vanity Fair, set in early 19th century 911
113 Wonderland (set during the early eighties Los Angeles) 902
114 The Battle of Algiers (set during the 1960s Algerian War of Independence) 888
115 Nixon (the political life of Richard M. Nixon) 874
116 The Devils (1971), about the life and trial of Urbain Grandier, who was convicted of witchcraft and burned in 1634. 868
117 In the Valley of Elah (War in Iraq and War in Afghanistan (2001–present)) 825
118 MacBeth (1971), Roman Polanski's adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy about the Alban king Mac Bethad mac Findlaích, who reigned in the 1050s. 822
119 Open Water (set during the late 1990s) 813
120 Flyboys (American volunteer combat pilots in service for the Allies during World War I) 799
121 The Dam Busters (1955) (development of the Upkeep bouncing bomb and its use in Operation Chastise) 792
122 Cross of Iron (Eastern Front, 1943) 792
123 I, Claudius (1976), a television series set during the rule of the Roman Julio-Claudians. 790
124 Quo Vadis (1951), set in the Roman Empire in Nero times 786
125 Wyatt Earp 758
126 The Merchant of Venice (2004), the 1596 play by Shakespeare starring Al Pacino and Jeremy Irons. 731
127 The Madness of King George (George III of the United Kingdom, King of Great Britain and Ireland for the latter half of the 18th century. 723
128 Jason and the Argonauts (1963), depicts the legendary journey of the Argo to retrieve the Golden Fleece from Colchis. 718
129 Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972), about an ill-fated expedition down the Amazon in 1560. 708
130 A Man for All Seasons, about Thomas More. 706
131 The Odyssey (1997), a miniseries based on the epic poem by Homer, starring Armand Assante, Isabella Rossellini and Irene Papas. 689
132 Ironclad (2011), about the siege of Rochester Castle in 1215. 684
133 Queen Christina, about Queen Christina of Sweden (r. 1632-1654). 677
134 Paid in Full (set during the Crack Epidemic of the 1980s) 657
135 The Virgin Spring (1960), Ingmar Bergman's adaptation of the 13th century Swedish ballad, Töres dotter i Wänge. 649
136 Battle of Britain 647
137 The Message (1976), Anthony Quinn and Irene Papas star in this film about the life of Muhammad (ca. 570-632). 640
138 Quest for Fire (1981) 636
139 Mrs. Brown (Queen Victoria and John Brown) (set between 1861 and 1883). 624
140 Hamburger Hill (a battle which took place in 1969 during the Vietnam War) 623
141 Kagemusha, about the Battle of Nagashino, Japan. 599
142 The Four Feathers (2002) 587
143 Hercules (2005), is a miniseries starring Leelee Sobieski, Paul Telfer, Timothy Dalton and Sean Astin, based (very loosely) on the life and exploits of the legendary Greek hero Herakles. 586

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