History always tends to surprise us. Movies are an amazing medium to channel the anguish and silent cries of the events that happened centuries before we were born. Historical movies provide us a harrowing peek in the violent and pestilential acts of humanity. It makes us a firsthand witness and takes us on a melancholic sojourn which often evokes visceral and tangible emotions. They have been perhaps the strongest genre to have transcended into modern-day, with teen comedies and rom-coms taking front seat.
Master visionary auteurs like Steven Spielberg and Richard Attenborough took the responsibility to show the way and nurture this genre. The following list (tries to) canvasses the top historical movies ever, which remain the best not only in the genre, but also in cinematic history. Many on the list are historical romance movies, while other are historical fiction movies. Some of these good historical movies on Netflix or Amazon Prime or Hulu.
10. Brave Heart (1995)
Mel Gibson’s epic war drama followed the journey of William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The film opened to critical acclaim, getting eight Academy nominations and going on to win five, including Best Picture. The film is said to be inspired by Blind Harry’s epic poem, ‘The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre and Vallyeant Compiun Schir William Wallace’. The film set new land marks in terms of the magnanimity of the sets and use of thousands of on-set extras.
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9. Gladiator (2000)