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

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 every adult should watch someday.

One of the Greatest movies I've ever seen.

2 Braveheart

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!

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.

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

Really this is a sign of great love and courage. William Wallace is a great example for freedom loving people.

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 is my favorite movie of all time! Not only does it have a bunch of sweet fight scenes but it has a good plot also!

4 Titanic

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.

I love the movie it is so sweet and every time 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.

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.

I think this pretty much explains itself, but I must make comment about how wonderful I think this movie is. I think it was an instant classic.

5 Saving Private Ryan

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.

6 Gone With The Wind

It's 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...

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...

7 300

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!

8 Kingdom of Heaven

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.

Such a nice effort to bring in heaven, I think (Orlando bloom) god has made him for this role.

9 Platoon
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 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...

12 Goodfellas

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

13 Full Metal Jacket
14 Glory

This could also be classified as a war movie, but I think the historical significance of this movie makes in a movie that needs to be on the list.

This movies is so heart warming and moving. I could watch this a hundred times.

15 Ali
16 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.

17 Ray

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

18 Fahrenheit 9/11
19 Remember the Titans

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

20 Pirate Radio

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.

21 The Aviator

Howard Hughes had a crazy life.

22 Ben-Hur

Wow, this was a cool movie back then, and it's a cool movie now. A lot like Gladiator, mostly historical is the races themselves.

23 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 it's a great movie.

One of the best films ever made!

Best movie I've seen

24 The Passion of the Christ

The single most important event in history, portrayed very well. Whether you're one of us believers, or a not believer, Christianity has shaped the world for 2000 years.

My Jesus is my savior... Bless you all

Movie made me cry

25 The Sound of Music

I love that... It is my favourite movie ever.

Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, they are a good match

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