100 All-Time Best Movies for History Buffs

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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.

NOTE: 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

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    Quo Vadis

    1951, in 1 top list Check
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    Gladiator

    2000, in 23 top lists Check
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    I, Claudius

    1976, in 2 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    The Ten Commandments

    1956, in 10 top lists Check
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    Spartacus

    1960, in 18 top lists Check
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    300

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 22 top lists Check
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    Troy

    2004, in 2 top lists Check
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    The Fall of the Roman Empire

    1964, in 1 top list Check
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    Clash of the Titans

    1981, in 2 top lists Check
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    Alexander

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    Cleopatra

    1963, in 5 top lists Check
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    El Cid

    1961, in 1 top list Check
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    The Lion in Winter

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 16 top lists Check
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    Henry V

    1989, in 3 top lists Check
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    Richard III

    1955, in 5 top lists Check
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    A Man for All Seasons

    1966, in 13 top lists Check
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    Elizabeth

    1998, in 4 top lists Check
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    Robin and Marian

    1976, in 0 top lists Check
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    Robin Hood

    1991, in 0 top lists Check
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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    1991, in 3 top lists Check
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    Braveheart

    1995, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame

    1939, in 5 top lists Check
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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 27 top lists Check
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    Aguirre, der Zorn Gottes

    1972 — a.k.a. Aguirre, the Wrath of God, in 19 top lists Check
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    Romeo and Juliet

    1968, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Agony and the Ecstasy

    1965, in 0 top lists Check
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    1492: Conquest of Paradise

    1992 — a.k.a. 1492: La conquête du paradis, in 0 top lists Check
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    The New World

    2005, in 10 top lists Check
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    The Mission

    1986, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    1992, in 7 top lists Check
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    Zulu

    1964, in 8 top lists Check
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    The Man Who Would Be King

    1975, in 5 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    The Four Feathers

    1939, in 2 top lists Check
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    A Passage to India

    1984, in 5 top lists Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Last King of Scotland

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    Mutiny on the Bounty

    1935, in 6 top lists Check
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    Empire of the Sun

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
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    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
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    Amazing Grace

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World

    2003, in 7 top lists Check
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    Gunga Din

    1939, in 6 top lists Check
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    1776

    1972, in 0 top lists Check
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    Revolution

    1985, in 1 top list Check
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    The Crossing

    2000, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Patriot

    2000, in 1 top list Check
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