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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  1. 2 -

    Gladiator

    2000, in 23 top lists Check
  2. 79 -

    Saving Private Ryan

    1998, in 27 top lists Check
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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 31 top lists Check
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    Braveheart

    1995, in 18 top lists Check
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    300

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Pianist

    2002, in 19 top lists Check
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    Troy

    2004, in 2 top lists Check
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    1962, in 19 top lists Check
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    Apollo 13

    1995, in 5 top lists Check
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    Il buono, il brutto, il cattivo

    1966 — a.k.a. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, in 24 top lists Check
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    Platoon

    1986, in 20 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Dances with Wolves

    1990, in 15 top lists Check
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    Raging Bull

    1980, in 30 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    The Patriot

    2000, in 1 top list Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 14 top lists Check
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    Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

    1991, in 3 top lists Check
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    Black Hawk Down

    2001, in 3 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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    Milk

    2008, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Thin Red Line

    1998, in 13 top lists Check
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    Das Boot

    1981, in 15 top lists Check
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    Spartacus

    1960, in 18 top lists Check
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    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
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    All the President's Men

    1976, in 20 top lists Check
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    The Last of the Mohicans

    1992, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
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    Capote

    2005, in 3 top lists Check
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    The Last King of Scotland

    2006, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Last Emperor

    1987, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Adventures of Robin Hood

    1938, in 16 top lists Check
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    Patton

    1970, in 15 top lists Check
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    Glory

    1989, in 4 top lists Check
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    All Quiet on the Western Front

    1930, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Ten Commandments

    1956, in 10 top lists Check
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    Empire of the Sun

    1987, in 7 top lists Check
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    Romeo and Juliet

    1968, 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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    The New World

    2005, in 10 top lists Check
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    Elizabeth

    1998, in 4 top lists Check
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    Cold Mountain

    2003, in 1 top list Check
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    Malcolm X

    1992, in 4 top lists Check
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    Alexander

    2004, in 0 top lists Check
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    The Outlaw Josey Wales

    1976, in 11 top lists Check
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    The Dirty Dozen

    1967, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Best Years of Our Lives

    1946, in 25 top lists Check
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    The Right Stuff

    1983, in 11 top lists Check
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