Best Movies Based On Historical Events or People

Names may have been changes, events may have been fictionalized, but the movies are good, and historically grounded.

The Top Ten

1 Schindler's List Schindler's List Product Image

This film was awful. This is one of my least favoritE History movies. Movies about History are usually cheap garbage.

I did my school project on Schindler when I was in Junior High. Watched this movie... Got an A plus.

Great story about a brave and generous man in the middle of a dark time in Nazi Germani.

A movie to watch for greatest performance of life time

2 Braveheart Braveheart Product Image

Beautiful movie - Mel Gibson was magnificent in the role, you could really believe he was this heroic, charismatic historical figure. One of the greatest movies ever!

Greatest film ever made certain aspects may not be real historically but I think it portrays the courage of a hero who stands up. Fantastic

One of my favorite movies. Mel Gibson is great in it and should have been nominated for best actor. It is my top 10 favorite films.

It is about "Scotland the Brave".
I love this country very much and
would return any day if I just could.

3 Gladiator

It is much viable of a motion picture, not though what is consider as the most intelligent times of Rome though. Though not the Colosseum itself or the equipment of the gladiators even the fight in the ring. It is the senseless slaughter that brings in question their sanity. The movie is awesome most of it though.

Although this movie is excellent, it is only three on the list due to the only thing that is historical is the games, and some of the names. Gladiators existed, Marcus Aurelius existed, Commodus existed, and that is all that is really known. But, that's enought to put in on our list!

Gladiator is really a heart touching movie if you feel the situation and the characters of the movie deeply. It is one of the best historical movie...

This movie is a very accurate representation of the culture of Rome as well as its political corruptness and brutality

4 Titanic Titanic Product Image

Titanic was a mix of suspense, romance, and tragedy. It was very romantic. However, I didn't really like the ending. I mean, everyone ends up dying except the female main character, and usually, there are supposed to be happy endings in movies. But since this was based on a true story, it makes sense that there wasn't a happy ending. There is only a 5% chance of someone getting a happy ending in life.

Best movie of all time of course
nothing can be better than this and the acting of kate winslet, leonardo di caprio and mr. Perfectionist I. E, james cameron's direction makes the film an epic

Ok Dear maker of this list,
Titanic was the highest grossing movie worlwide and still is, no movie comes close, granted Braveheart is awesome, just look at the statistics.

Actually, Avatar is the highest grossing film of all time. And, highest-grossing doesn't always equal greatest.

I love the movie it is so sweet and everytime i watch it it makes me cry, It is my favorite movie when i saw leo i thought he was the cutest thing ever and kate is so pretty.

5 Saving Private Ryan Saving Private Ryan Product Image

Saving Private Ryan is the best WWII and best Normandy movie ever. I heard that a vet who fought at Omaha said the only think missing from the opening battle scene was "the smell. "

On the other end of the spectrum is "Pearl Harbor. " This laughable "movie" should only be on one list. "Worst WWII Movies of All Time. " There were so many factual, visual and technical mistakes in this "movie" it should never have been allowed to open in theatres. The name of the director escapes me right now, but once again he was more concerned about big explosions and mass appeal (to make more money) that he turned out yet another P. O. S. Why did he make a boring teenage love story wrapped around December 7th, 1941?

"American Outlaws" isn't based on anything factual, other than they spelled Jesse James correctly. I almost died laughing. Oh yeah, every woman who lived in the mid west in late 19th century teased their hair...

It should have won the Best Picture, The Shakespeare in Love is boring and didn't deserve to win it, this movie on the other hand was based on true events with great action drama and the caring nature of a mother in need of her MIA son.

Way Too overdramatic and makes my brain numb at how irritating some certain scenes are. 2/10

One Of The Best Movies Of All Time... And My Most Favorite Too
Tom Hanks Was Simply Superb as Captain Miller...

6 Gone With The Wind

I couldn't believe this wasn't on the top ten...this is based on the most important historical history in the US...come on now and it's the best historical book or movie ever made and it's still watched and talked let's get this movie to where it is supposed to be guys...

You are that Gone with the Wind is based on a book written by Margret Mitchell. The movie is purely fictional. It's about as historically realistic as the Pirates of the Caribbean series.

Its the best movie I'av ever seen with regards to expressions, acting and everything, the love to soil and the roots where a person belongs, is beautifully reflected through it...

Lovely book should at least read it once in your life time! 1

Common guys this should be in the top five

7 Kingdom of Heaven Kingdom of Heaven Product Image

A story very close to history, an inspiring philosophy behind it, really a classical movie about historical events, which have influence until present times - and the best cast (especially Orlando Bloom in the leading role), that may be found for it.

The Leper King Baldwin wins at chess against the Islamic Saladin. This movie has more than might complain to. The Templar are against the Muslim, the Crusaders are against the Saracens. Last of all King Baldwin is arch rival of Saladin. Base teams are fine and set this movie remains awesome. Good stuff!

The best what Hollywood made so far when it comes to the history costume movies. Great and uncliche acting by the lead (Orlando Bloom), great cinematography, good music, strong ethical position and philosophy.

One of the very great war/history movies. Orlando done his fantastic work. Storyline is nice.. After Gladiator, Brave-heart, Patriot ^^ not least Troy its become my Favorite.

8 300

Truly one of the greatest movies ever. We use quotes from this movie in our huddle to get fired up before football games. "This is were we fight, THis is were they die!, Tonight we dine in HELL, Knights are you ready, awoo awoo awoo! " I'm fired up right now whens my next game?

All the important characters in this movie were real. I'm not sure it's the best on this list but it deserves a load of credit.

It's wonderful guys, I loved it. I think this movie is very informative and young generation must watch that kind of stuff.

They really smash those foreigners out of their country. Wonderful picture and quality to go with it!

9 Troy

It is proven that Illium (Troy) really existed, and this story has been in circulation for thousands of years. Then, they turned around and made a truly epic movie about it. They took and age-old story, and brought it to life with TROY.

Achilles rushes real fast and darn does he smash the giant with speed, grace, agility, intellect, and bold instinct. Awesome movie to their team done perfect just about.

Archilii has awesome glory and peoples have perfect body language in their characters. I watched it 4 times.

It's such one of the amazing movie in historical epic type movie...

10 Lawrence of Arabia

Not one of my personal favorites, I can appreciate this movie for its historical quality, and that it was very well liked by many people when it came out. This movies classic status puts it on this list in the top of the historical movie list.

It may be overly long but it's still the epic of all epics. The historical setting adds to the richness and exasperated the detail to perfection.

One if the best movies of all time.

The Contenders

11 Goodfellas Goodfellas Product Image

One of the greatest films of all time and the most entertaining, exhilarating, and detailed biopic. About the rise and fall of mob associate Henry Hill. The movie shows the brutal truth of everyday life in the Mafia.

Best Gangster movie ever made. Goodfellas > Godfather, Scarface, Pulp Fiction, The untouchables, Donnie Brasco and on and on

12 Platoon Platoon Product Image
13 Full Metal Jacket Full Metal Jacket Product Image
14 The Great Escape

A hilarious movie about world war 2. Fairly accurate too. It's pretty surprising how it's a comedy about a horrible prison camp.

This is an AMAZING movie. I first saw it when I was about 9. Every since then, I've loved it!!

An instant classic. A great film.


15 Ali Ali Product Image
16 Ray Ray Product Image

Amazingly acted. Awesome story of a real man. Jamie Foxx was well rewarded with his performance

17 Remember the Titans Remember the Titans Product Image

This showed the struggle after schools became desegregated. It is a wonderful story. It showed me a lot

18 Pirate Radio Pirate Radio Product Image

Also known as The Boat that Rocked, this was set in the 1960s, a time when the BBC banned rock and roll on the airwaves so these pirate radio stations smuggled in the tunes.

This was the true story about regular British guys who caused a rebelion against the goverment and the BBC by airing rock and roll on boats.

Nick Frost, Gemma Arteton, Chris O'Dowd, Rhys Ifans, Bill Nighy, Kenneth Branagh, Jack Davenport and the late Phillip Seymoor Hoffman. How can you say no to that ensemble? Let's have a tune I'm sick of this silence.

Funny yet accurate at the same time.

19 Apollo 13 Apollo 13 Product Image
20 Andrei Rublev Andrei Rublev Product Image
21 The Patriot

Some of the names have been changed in this movie, but most of the people actually existed, including Mel Gibson's main charecter, and the bad guy too! The point is, its historical, and its a great movie.

One of the best films ever made!

Best movie I've seen

22 The Aviator

Howard Hughes had a crazy life.

23 Gandhi

It's a excellent movie. Shows the struggle of independance and father of nation in a religious terrorism

It is incredible how he managed to fight out the independence of India

24 Enemy at the Gates Enemy at the Gates Product Image

One of the best historical movies I have seen.

25 Wild Wild West Wild Wild West Product Image
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