Top 10 Most Historically Inaccurate Movies Ever Made

The movies on this list are said to be based on true events and stories, but their directors have taken extreme liberties while making them in order to make them more entertaining to watch. Now, this does not mean these movies are bad, far from it in fact, only that they did not stay true to history. Let's rank the most historically inaccurate movies ever made. Of course, this list will exclude any movies based on legends.
The Top Ten
1 10,000 B.C. 10,000 B.C. Product Image

Historians say '10,000 BC' is the most historically inaccurate movie ever, that alone should warrant this movie's place on this list. This movie showcases many inventions and concepts that were created much later like the use of steel which actually came in 1800 B.C. and cities, thousands of years before agriculture was even a thing. Not to mention the use of mammoths to build monuments.

Even that picture looks pretty inaccurate that spear looks more like a ceremonial spear than one that would be used in actual combat. Also that sabre toothed tiger is ridiculously large.

This movie was so funny, but not on purpose. The way they used mammoths just made me laugh my head off, what a terrible movie.

2 Pocahontas Pocahontas Product Image

Disney loves to embellish stories, and understandably so, but the stories from which they base their movies often tell a much different story, like Pocahontas. For starters, Pocahontas and John Smith are depicted as adults in this film, but Pocahontas was only 10 years old when European ship reached the new world. In real life, the two were never in a love relationship and the real Pocahontas was married off to an English man, renamed Rebecca and died at the age of 22.

It's crazy how different reality and the movie are, but it's better that way, Disney movies are mostly watched by kids so of course it's not going to be as sad as the real thing.

The worst thing is... they made a SEQUEL. and in that SEQUEL. Pocahontas has to pour flour ON HER FACE to be accepted by the white settlers. Not kidding. This makes the Indian scene in Peter Pan look like a Martin Luther King documentary lol.

This was a big mistake for Disney, better to stick to purely fictional stories so you don't piss people off.

3 300 300 Product Image

In real life, King Leonidas and his small army of Spartans did fight against a much higher number of Persians, except there were actually 7000 Spartans soldiers and not the mere 300 people have been led to believe. Another historical inaccuracy in this film is the clothes the soldiers wore. In real life they would have covered their chests with armor instead of leaving it wide open for attack (and for everyone to gaze upon their six packs). Elephants were also not used on the battlefield. The way Spartan society is represented in the film is also not historically accurate overall.

The historical inaccuracy is actually the most historically accurate part of the film bcs at the end, you find out it was told by an unreliable narrator, Dilios. The ancient Greeks always exaggerated and twisted stuff in their stories so it makes a lot of sense when you realize that.

Good thing George R.R. Martin wasn't the director of this film, he would of had the Spartans walk around with their privates hanging out.

Still liked the idea, but there were way more Spartans than this movie said.

4 Gladiator Gladiator Product Image

Gladiator is a very entertaining movie, but it is filled with historical inaccuracies, like the idea that an emperor could have given imperial power to an army general, completely unthinkable. The relationship between the emperor and his son Commodus is also not accurately depicted, because the real Commodus never killed his father to take the throne and was actually co-ruler with his father until the latter's death. Speaking of death, the real Commodus wasn't killed by Russell Crow's Maximus, but was instead murdered in his bath 12 years after his ascension to the throne.

I find the whole thing with an emperor giving imperial power to a general ridiculous, and as someone who loves ancient roman history and laws, this movie was pretty hard to watch.

5 Braveheart Braveheart Product Image

Braveheart is a very good movie which follows William Wallace, a 13th century Scottish warrior who begins a revolt against King Edward I of England. It is full of historical inaccuracies such as a heavily altered timeline as well as inaccurate battle scenes as the film depicts armies haphazardly running into the enemy rather than actual tactical warfare. The movie also sees the Scotsmen wearing their famous kilts, just 300 years too early.

Seriously, how did this movie get an Oscar. Good film, but so inaccurate!

6 The Last Samurai The Last Samurai Product Image

The Last Samurai's premise is historically accurate. Japan was undergoing major cultural changes during the late 1860s, and the Emperor was indeed regarded as a "living God." The story between the characters however is fabricated, Americanized and couldn't be further from the truth. For starters, Tom Cruise's character, Nathan Algren, is based on a real French officer named Jules Brunet who served the Tokugawa shogunate during the Boshin War in Japan and Japan never had Americans as war consultants. The movie also doesn't portray the rebellion correctly as most samurai did not rebel, and it wasn't "right vs wrong" as many of the samurai who rebelled wanted to preserve their privileged way of life.

Whoever thought that Samurai rebelled is pretty dumb.

7 U-571 U-571 Product Image

As an action movie, this movie is pretty good, but not as a history lesson. The movie follows American soldiers during WW2 as they board the German submarine U-571 to get their hands on the German's enigma cipher machine. For starters, the U-571 was never captured. Secondly, these events happened months before the Americans joined the war, meaning they had absolutely nothing to do with this. In real life, this was a British operation.

Yay! More of Americans getting their paws everywhere and rewriting history...

Decent action, terrible retelling of a story.

8 Pearl Harbor Pearl Harbor Product Image

The fact that Japan did attack Pearl Harbor in the second world war is pretty much the only thing this movie gets right in terms of accuracy. The rest is dramatized.

If you know anything about what happened in Pearl Habor beyond "Japan attacks Pearl Harbor in the second world war", you know that this movie is ridiculously inaccurate.

Come on, you can't expect Michael Bae to know what historical accuracy is. The guy can barely make a decent movie.

9 Argo Argo Product Image

Many liberties were taken in the making of this movie, something many people who were involved in the real life events have pointed out themselves. The premise of the movie in which the CIA establishes a fake movie production, complete with a full script and ads in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, in order to rescue six Americans stranded in post-revolutionary Iran, is very much true. The most criticized part of the film is how they represent the involvement of Canada in saving the lives of the six Americans. Canada did in fact play a huge role in saving them, and received all the credit afterwards, but the movie completely downplays it. The worst part is the movie's climax which sees the six Americans go to the airport in order to escape Iran. They face many obstacles and almost get caught in the movie, the opposite of what happened in real life as their escape actually went smoothly.

This one just hurts. Leave it to Americans do take all the glory for themselves by rewriting the narrative and giving the finger to Canada, like always.

Feel bad for the Canadians who worked so hard to save lives and then got no credit in this bogus movie.

10 The Patriot The Patriot Product Image

Another very good movie starring Mel Gibson, which is also full of historical inaccuracies, the biggest one being the way the British soldiers are being portrayed. The British are nothing more than cruel, murderous villains, something that is far from the truth and only adds drama.

Good movie, but if they didn't make the British look evil, it would have been boring to watch.

The Contenders
11 The Great Escape The Great Escape Product Image

I haven't seen the movie, but I have heard what some of the survivors had to say about it. The "Great Escape" was a hubristic failure lead by "the tallyho brigade", that lead to the deaths of at least 50 men, and it didn't have the slightest effect on the war effort.

12 Apocalypto Apocalypto Product Image

The way the Mayans are portrayed in this movie is pretty much entirely wrong. Most of the things they do in the film, like for example perform sacrifices, was more akin to what the Aztecs did. Mayans were actually a rather peaceful group of people.

13 The Private Life of Henry VIII The Private Life of Henry VIII Product Image

The film inaccurately depicts Henry marrying Jane Seymour on the same day as Boleyn was beheaded. In reality, Henry only obtained permission to remarry that day, marrying Seymour much later.

This movie was so wrong, quite frustrating.

14 JFK JFK Product Image

This movie based on the assassination of President John F. Kennedy was loathed by many people for it's less than accurate depiction of these tragic events. For starters, the movie focuses more on conspiracy theories like the involvement of the mob and who could have benefited from the President's death, then the event itself. Of course, everyone has their own theories about what happened that day and why Jack Ruby shot Kennedy's assassin, Lee Harvey Oswald, but at the end of the day, we will simply never know, and this movie didn't stick to the facts.

15 Hitler: The Rise of Evil Hitler: The Rise of Evil Product Image
16 Shakespeare in Love Shakespeare in Love Product Image
17 Marie Antoinette Marie Antoinette Product Image
18 The Amityville Horror The Amityville Horror Product Image
19 Ben-Hur Ben-Hur Product Image
20 Alexander Alexander Product Image
21 Bohemian Rhapsody Bohemian Rhapsody Product Image
22 Titanic Titanic Product Image
23 Troy Troy Product Image
24 Walk the Line Walk the Line Product Image
25 Anna and the King Anna and the King Product Image
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