8 Top Historical Movies ...


Historical Movies can come in any era. Some of them are Victorian, others take place during World War I or World War II, and still others go much, much further back. I love historical movies for their richness, especially since so many of them contain high drama. Some of them are a little too dramatic, true, but it's easy to understand why – the filmmakers want you to really feel like you were there. Historically speaking – haha! – there are a lot of really popular historical movies, and those are the ones I'm highlighting, so feel free to add your own favorites!

1. Gone with the Wind

You'll find Gone with the Wind at the top of many lists depicting historical movies.

It's high drama, not at all true, of course, and yet steeply rooted in history, especially with the backdrop of the Civil War.

Even forgetting the epic story of Miss Scarlett, it is a great depiction of how it must have been to live during the War between States.

2. Saving Private Ryan

Saving Private Ryan, based on a true story, is a World War II historic film, set in the Pacific.

Can you imagine losing all of your sons to the war?

All but one, of course, Private Ryan.

While Matt Damon gathered even more fame in this film, for me Tom Hanks is always the best part.

3. Schindler's List

You can't talk about historical movies without discussing Schindler's List.

It's a stark but hopeful depiction of World War II, this time on the German front.2

Oskar Schindler is one of my favorite movie heroes, as a matter of fact, and his story is incredibly inspiring.

4. Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur, based on the novel of the same name, is an incredible historic film.

It is, as the title of the novel adds, “A Tale of Christ.” Ben-Hur is a very wealthy merchant from Jerusalem who is friends with the Roman army's commanding office, Messala.

Ben-Hur is brought low in the film but stands strong in an effort to overcome all his hardships – and does so in several of the most epic scenes in film history.2

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