This page shows you the list charts. By default, the movies are ordered by how many times they have been marked as a favorite. However, you can also sort by other information, such as the total number of times it has been marked as a dislike.
History isn’t marked by years, but events. Being a history buff means looking at the way major ideas or happenings played out and how they had an effect on everything from politics to the economy.
War, invention, discovery, love: the history of the world has been shaped by the way we deal with these things. The movies on this list are great ways to take a closer look at the moments that changed history.
[b]NOTE[/b]: The list is constructed out of seven minor lists, as noted below:
#01 - 13: Ancient History
#14 - 29: Medieval Times
#30 - 46: Exploration & Colonization
#47 - 53: The American Revolution
#54 - 68: The American Civil War
#69 - 81: World War II
#82 - 100: The 20th Century
Global in scope and a practical tool for students and teachers of history, Deanne Schultz's "Filmography of World History: A Select, Critical Guide To Feature Films That Engage The Past" includes description and analysis of over 300 historical films. A companion to Grant Tracey's "Filmography of American History," this critical reference book selects movies that represent aspects of world history from the middle ages through the twentieth century. These films adopt as their subject a wide range of historical events, people and societies of Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe and Canada, and Latin America. Over half of the entries provide extended analysis of the historical interpretation the film brings to the screen. "Filmography of World History" argues for the potential of feature films to teach us about the past and its reconstruction in academe and popular culture.
The book provides several listings of the films, the one shown here is the cross referenced list by time periods. These are divided as followed on this ICM list:
1 - 19 Medieval (c. 600-1500)
20 - 50 Early Modern (c. 1500 - 1800)
51 - 95 Nineteenth Century (1801 - 1900)
96 - 286 Twentieth Century (1901 - 2000)
287 - 292 Contemporary
Note: I have ordered the list chronologically by the years the films deal with within these groups using the years the author has provided. In cases such as WW2 films that deal with the same years, these are ordered alphabetically within these years.
For more detail about the specific years and regions of each movie, check out the book and/or download this excel file I made: [url]http://we.tl/vO29n6ik2d[/url]
In 2009, the editors of American History magazine published a special issue ranking the "100 Greatest Spy Movies" in their estimation. They cheated by counting The Bourne Trilogy as a single entry and of course, their rankings are entirely disputable (as is true of any ranked list). Some of their selections were actually TV mini-series.
The Up Series is a series of documentary films directed by Michael Apted that have followed the lives of fourteen Britons, starting in 1964 when they were seven years old. Every installment is on Rober Ebert's list "The Great Movies", due to their historic value.
A selection of 70* representative titles for the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Spanish Civil War (1936-39) by film historian Magí Crusells. Only films, fictional or documentary, released in theatres that take place, at least partially, in the war period.
From the book "Cine y Guerra Civil española: imágenes para la memoria", Magí Crusells. Ediciones JC, Madrid, 2006. ISBN 84-89564-48-5.
* IMDb missing entries:
- Celestino García Moreno (1939)
- Nos prisonniers (1937)
- Frente de Vizcaya y 18 de Julio (1937)
- Fin del Frente Rojo Cantábrico (La toma de Gijón) (1937)
- Entre la esperanza y el fraude: España 1931-39 (1977)
In 2010, the editors of American History Magazine published a special issue ranking the 100 greatest sports movies in their estimation. They combined "Olympia" Parts I & II for a single entry, and also combined "The Babe" and "The Babe Ruth Story" at #43.
"With A History Of Violence, Tom Breihan picks the most important action movie of every year, starting with the genre’s birth and moving right up to whatever Vin Diesel’s doing this very minute."
The filmography of the 1968 book by Carlos Clarens. Also known as "An Illustrated History of the Horror Film", this was a seminal academic study of horror films, one of the first critical studies to take the genre seriously.
It is always a challenge to produce a definitive list of “must- see” movies, because value judgments are, by definition, extremely subjective. However, the 100 handpicked films in this section have delighted, moved or educated audiences of all ages, all over the world. Over the last nine decades, these films have changed our perceptions of cinema, and most have left an indelible mark on film history.