Historical films are either about a significant historical figure or a famous event in history, such as a battle. It is often assumed that any film set in the past can be considered a historical genre, but this is not the case – what matters is the portrayal of real historical events. The roots of the genre are in literature: in many ways, historical films can be considered the screen analog of historical novels. The founder of the genre is considered the English writer Walter Scott.
“History,” as Cicero said two thousand years ago, “is the teacher of life. In a popular interpretation, this means that knowledge of the past will help avoid mistakes in the future. Everything repeats itself, and at the same time nothing stays the same. History and movies about the past tell us about the similarities and differences between the past and the present.
Watching historical films is not worthwhile for gaining knowledge of history, but can be useful for understanding the mass representation of past events. Although historical projects always employ historical consultants, few films can boast accuracy and consistency with scientific data. The main thing in movies is the image. The best historical films do not tell about the events of history, but interpret them and tell more about the present than about the past. And they often create an image that is more enduring than scientific history books. “Alexander Nevsky” by Sergei Eisenstein has nothing to do with the real prince, but it is the image of the actor Nikolai Cherkasov that has remained in the mass consciousness.
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5.4Unfrosted

Unfrosted

In a time when milk and cereal ruled breakfast, a fierce corporate battle begins over a revolutionary new pastry.

PG-13
5.4
2024Comedy97 minPlay
0Vaguito

Vaguito

The heartwarming tale of the dog who waits by the sea every day for the return of its departed friend.

NR
0
2024Drama0 minPlay
8.5Vivo o muerto: El expediente García

Vivo o muerto: El expediente García

Amidst the uncertainty caused by the alleged suicide of former president Alan García, journalist Carmen Ríos initiates an intense search aiming to unravel the mystery surrounding the case and answer the pressing question still lingering in the minds of all of Peru: Is Alan García alive or dead?

NR
8.5
2024Drama90 minPlay
7Chabuca

Chabuca

The story of Ernesto Pimentel’s life, raised humbly after losing his mother, inspires him to create the iconic character La Chola Chabuca, an Andean figure who captivates all of Peru with her colourful skirts and high spirits.

NR
7
2024Drama120 minPlay
6.7Shirley

Shirley

Shirley Chisholm makes a trailblazing run for the 1972 Democratic presidential nomination after becoming the first Black woman elected to Congress.

PG-13
6.7
2024Drama117 minPlay
7.7The Bloody Hundredth

The Bloody Hundredth

Meet the real-life airmen who inspired Masters of the Air as they share the harrowing and transformative events of the 100th Bomb Group.

PG-13
7.7
2024Documentary63 minPlay
7.5Cabrini

Cabrini

Italian immigrant Francesca Cabrini arrives in 1889 New York City and is greeted by disease, crime, and impoverished children. Cabrini sets off on a daring mission to convince the hostile mayor to secure housing and healthcare for society's most vulnerable. With broken English and poor health, Cabrini uses her entrepreneurial mind to build an empire of hope unlike anything the world had ever seen.

PG-13
7.5
2024Drama142 minPlay
7.0Wicked Little Letters

Wicked Little Letters

When deeply conservative English local Edith Swan and fellow residents begin to receive wicked letters full of unintentionally hilarious profanities, her rowdy, foul-mouthed, Irish migrant neighbor Rose Gooding is charged with the crime. The anonymous letters prompt a national uproar, and a trial ensues. However, as the town’s women—led by Police Officer Gladys Moss—begin to investigate the crime themselves, they suspect something is amiss and Rose may not be the culprit after all.

R
7.0
2024Comedy100 minPlay
7.5The Story of Yuan Tiangang

The Story of Yuan Tiangang

Three hundred years ago, the elegant and spirited young man Yuan Tiangang, born with a doomed fate, unintentionally caused the death of his loved ones from a young age. As a result, he decided to gamble with fate and mastered the skill of "Chenggu Bone Divination," using it to target those whose lives were not supposed to end prematurely. At that time, it happened to be the end of the Sui Dynasty, with widespread chaos in the world. How will Yuan Tiangang change his destiny and become a ...

NR
7.5
2024Action0 minPlay
6.3Race for Glory: Audi vs Lancia

Race for Glory: Audi vs Lancia

Inspired by true events that occurred during the fierce rivalry between Germany (Audi) and Italy (Lancia) at the 1983 Rally World Championships.

R
6.3
2024Drama94 minPlay
8.4White Bird

White Bird

Julian Albans, the bully who left Beecher Prep, is visited by his Grandmère from Paris and is transformed by her remarkable story of compassion and courage. As a girl in Nazi-occupied France, the young Grandmère goes into hiding with the help of a schoolmate, a young man who risks everything to give her the chance to survive. Together, they find beauty and love in the secret world of their own creation.

PG-13
8.4
2024Drama120 minPlay
7.6The Boys in the Boat

The Boys in the Boat

The triumphant underdog story of the University of Washington men's rowing team, who stunned the world by winning gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

PG-13
7.6
2023Drama124 minPlay
7.5The Iron Claw

The Iron Claw

The true story of the inseparable Von Erich brothers, who made history in the intensely competitive world of professional wrestling in the early 1980s. Through tragedy and triumph, under the shadow of their domineering father and coach, the brothers seek larger-than-life immortality on the biggest stage in sports.

R
7.5
2023Drama132 minPlay
7.3The Zone of Interest

The Zone of Interest

The commandant of Auschwitz, Rudolf Höss, and his wife Hedwig, strive to build a dream life for their family in a house and garden next to the camp.

PG-13
7.3
2023Drama105 minPlay
8.0Society of the Snow

Society of the Snow

On October 13, 1972, Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571, chartered to take a rugby team to Chile, crashes into a glacier in the heart of the Andes.

R
8.0
2023Drama144 minPlay
6.6Ferrari

Ferrari

Set during the summer of 1957. Ex-racecar driver, Enzo Ferrari, is in crisis. Bankruptcy stalks the company he and his wife, Laura, built from nothing ten years earlier. Their tempestuous marriage struggles with the mourning for one son and the acknowledgement of another.

R
6.6
2023Drama131 minPlay
6.4Napoleon

Napoleon

An epic that details the checkered rise and fall of French Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte and his relentless journey to power through the prism of his addictive, volatile relationship with his wife, Josephine.

R
6.4
2023Drama158 minPlay
7.212.12: The Day

12.12: The Day

After the assassination of President Park, martial law has been declared. A coup d’état bursts out by Defense Security Commander Chun Doo-gwang and a private band of officers following him. Capital Defense Commander Lee Tae-shin, an obstinate soldier who believes the military should not take political actions, fights against Chun Doo-gwang to stop him. The conflict between the two grows while military leaders are holding their decision and Defense Minister is gone. In the midst of chaos, ...

NR
7.2
2023Crime142 minPlay
6.6Rustin

Rustin

Activist Bayard Rustin faces racism and homophobia as he helps change the course of Civil Rights history by orchestrating the 1963 March on Washington.

PG-13
6.6
2023Drama108 minPlay
7.5Killers of the Flower Moon

Killers of the Flower Moon

When oil is discovered in 1920s Oklahoma under Osage Nation land, the Osage people are murdered one by one—until the FBI steps in to unravel the mystery.

R
7.5
2023Crime206 minPlay
7.7The Promised Land

The Promised Land

Denmark, 1755. Captain Ludvig Kahlen sets out to conquer a Danish heath reputed to be uncultivable, with an impossible goal: to establish a colony in the name of the king, in exchange for a royal title. A single-minded ambition that the ruthless lord of the region will relentlessly seek to put down. Kahlen's fate hangs in the balance: will his endevours bring him wealth and honour, or cost him his life...?

NR
7.7
2023Drama127 minPlay
6.3The Volunteers: To the War

The Volunteers: To the War

In the early days of the founding of the People's Republic of China in 1949, New China was faced with "internal and external troubles". Since the outbreak of the Korean Civil War, the U.S. military has repeatedly provoked the border between China and North Korea, and civilians have been brutally bombed. In order to maintain the hard-won peace and long-term stability for generations, in October 1950, the Chinese People's Volunteers entered North Korea, and the "Resist US Aid Korea" war kicked off.

NR
6.3
2023Drama140 minPlay
5.8The Inventor

The Inventor

The insatiably curious and headstrong inventor Leonardo da Vinci leaves Italy to join the French court, where he can experiment freely, inventing flying contraptions, incredible machines, and study the human body. There, joined in his adventure by the audacious princess Marguerite, Leonardo will uncover the answer to the ultimate question – "What is the meaning of it all?"

PG
5.8
2023Animation92 minPlay
7.6One Life

One Life

British stockbroker Nicholas Winton visits Czechoslovakia in the 1930s and forms plans to assist in the rescue of Jewish children before the onset of World War II, in an operation that came to be known as the Kindertransport.

PG
7.6
2023Drama109 minPlay
6.4Golda

Golda

Set during the tense 19 days of the Yom Kippur War in 1973, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir is faced with the potential of Israel’s complete destruction. She must navigate overwhelming odds, a skeptical cabinet and a complex relationship with US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, with millions of lives in the balance. Her tough leadership and compassion would ultimately decide the fate of her nation and leave her with a controversial legacy around the world.

PG-13
6.4
2023Drama101 minPlay
7.6The Hill

The Hill

The story of Rickey Hill, who overcomes his physical disability and repairs his relationship with his father in a quest to become a major league baseball (MLB) player.

PG
7.6
2023Drama121 minPlay
8.1Oppenheimer

Oppenheimer

The story of J. Robert Oppenheimer's role in the development of the atomic bomb during World War II.

R
8.1
2023Drama181 minPlay
8.520 Days in Mariupol

20 Days in Mariupol

As the Russian invasion begins, a team of Ukrainian journalists trapped in the besieged city of Mariupol struggle to continue their work documenting the war’s atrocities.

NR
8.5
2023Documentary94 minPlay
7.5Kidnapped

Kidnapped

The story of Edgardo Mortara, a young Jewish boy living in Bologna, Italy, who in 1858, after being secretly baptized, was forcibly taken from his family to be raised as a Christian. His parents’ struggle to free their son became part of a larger political battle that pitted the papacy against forces of democracy and Italian unification.

NR
7.5
2023Drama134 minPlay
7Jeanne du Barry

Jeanne du Barry

The life of Jeanne Bécu, who was born as the illegitimate daughter of an impoverished seamstress in 1743 and went on to rise through the Court of Louis XV to become his last official mistress.

NR
7
2023Drama117 minPlay
7.6Big George Foreman

Big George Foreman

Fueled by an impoverished childhood, George Foreman channeled his anger into becoming an Olympic Gold medalist and World Heavyweight Champion, followed by a near-death experience that took him from the boxing ring to the pulpit. But when he sees his community struggling spiritually and financially, Foreman returns to the ring and makes history by reclaiming his title, becoming the oldest and most improbable World Heavyweight Boxing Champion ever.

PG-13
7.6
2023Drama129 minPlay
6.8Viking: Bloodlust

Viking: Bloodlust

A band of vikings are on the run from a blood thirsty group of Berserkers who want to fight to the death.

NR
6.8
2023Action82 minPlay
7.0The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan

The Three Musketeers: D’Artagnan

D'Artagnan, a spirited young Gascon, is left for dead after trying to save a noblewoman from being kidnapped. Once in Paris, he tries by all means to find his attackers, unaware that his quest will lead him to the very heart of a war where the future of France is at stake. Aided by King's Musketeers Athos, Porthos and Aramis, he faces the machinations of villainous Cardinal Richelieu and Milady de Winter, while falling in love with Constance, the Queen's confidante.

NR
7.0
2023Action121 minPlay
6.6Jesus Revolution

Jesus Revolution

In the 1970s, aimless teenager Greg Laurie searches for all the right things in all the wrong places until he meets Lonnie Frisbee, a charismatic hippie/street preacher. Together with local pastor Chuck Smith, they open the doors of a languishing church to an unexpected revival.

PG-13
6.6
2023Drama120 minPlay
6.9True Spirit

True Spirit

When the tenacious young sailor Jessica Watson sets out to be the youngest person to sail solo, nonstop and unassisted around the world, many expect her to fail. With the support of her sailing coach and mentor Ben Bryant and her parents, Jessica is determined to accomplish what was thought to be impossible, navigating some of the world’s most challenging stretches of ocean over the course of 210 days.

PG
6.9
2023Adventure109 minPlay
6.2Hidden Blade

Hidden Blade

Follows the story of underground workers who risked their lives to send intelligence and defend the motherland, set after Japan's attack on Pearl Harbor when the Wang Jingwei regime declared war on Britain and the U.S.

NR
6.2
2023Action128 minPlay
6Father & Soldier

Father & Soldier

1917. Bakary Diallo enlists in the French army to join his 17-year-old son, Thierno, who has been forcibly recruited. Sent to the front, they will have to face the war together. While Thierno learns to become a man, Bakary will do everything to bring him back safely.

NR
6
2023Drama109 minPlay
6.7Mank

Mank

1930s Hollywood is reevaluated through the eyes of scathing social critic and alcoholic screenwriter Herman J. Mankiewicz as he races to finish the screenplay of Citizen Kane.

R
6.7
2020Drama132 minPlay
7.7The Trial of the Chicago 7

The Trial of the Chicago 7

What was supposed to be a peaceful protest turned into a violent clash with the police. What followed was one of the most notorious trials in history.

R
7.7
2020Drama130 minPlay
7.4The Swordsman

The Swordsman

After being blinded in a coup against the king, Joseon's greatest swordsman goes into hiding, far removed from his city's anguish. But when traffickers kidnap his daughter, he has no choice but to unsheathe his sword once more.

PG-13
7.4
2020Action101 minPlay