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A genre of film that deals with a major historical event and the actual historical figures involved in it. Often great liberties are taken with the facts to facilitate a 2-hour running time or a particular political agenda. These films pay a great deal of attention to re-creating events that live mostly in our memories or in textbooks. Earlier historical films tended to concentrate on eras and political figures who were far from the present and put little emphasis on undermining the accepted mythologies of history. Some films dealing with historical past would fall into some other genres and types: westerns, musicals, fantasy, war dramas, biographies, etc.

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    Schindler's List

    1993, in 31 top lists Check
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    Seppuku

    1962 — a.k.a. Harakiri, in 13 top lists Check
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    Braveheart

    1995, in 20 top lists Check
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    Amadeus

    1984, in 21 top lists Check
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    Lawrence of Arabia

    1962, in 40 top lists Check
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    Rang De Basanti

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
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    Andrey Rublev

    1966 — a.k.a. Andrei Rublev, in 27 top lists Check
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    Hacksaw Ridge

    2016, in 6 top lists Check
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    Gone with the Wind

    1939, in 30 top lists Check
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    Der Untergang

    2004 — a.k.a. Downfall, in 14 top lists Check
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    The Great Escape

    1963, in 14 top lists Check
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    La passion de Jeanne d'Arc

    1928 — a.k.a. The Passion of Joan of Arc, in 26 top lists Check
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    Inherit the Wind

    1960, in 5 top lists Check
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    Z

    1969, in 17 top lists Check
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    Da hong deng long gao gao gua

    1991 — a.k.a. Raise the Red Lantern, in 18 top lists Check
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    The Message

    1976 — a.k.a. Mohammad: Messenger of God, in 8 top lists Check
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    Dunkirk

    2017, in 8 top lists Check
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    Spotlight

    2015, in 10 top lists Check
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    12 Years a Slave

    2013, in 14 top lists Check
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    Rush

    2013, in 6 top lists Check
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    Gandhi

    1982, in 16 top lists Check
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    The Lion in Winter

    1968, in 6 top lists Check
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    Ben-Hur

    1959, in 23 top lists Check
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    Barry Lyndon

    1975, in 22 top lists Check
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    Hotel Rwanda

    2004, in 9 top lists Check
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    The Grapes of Wrath

    1940, in 21 top lists Check
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    Il gattopardo

    1963 — a.k.a. The Leopard, in 18 top lists Check
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    Tasogare Seibei

    2002 — a.k.a. The Twilight Samurai, in 7 top lists Check
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    The Revenant

    2015, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Imitation Game

    2014, in 5 top lists Check
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    In Cold Blood

    1967, in 9 top lists Check
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    JFK

    1991, in 11 top lists Check
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    All the President's Men

    1976, in 21 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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    Kagemusha

    1980 — a.k.a. Shadow Warrior, in 12 top lists Check
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    Becket

    1964, in 7 top lists Check
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    Bronenosets Potemkin

    1925 — a.k.a. Battleship Potemkin, in 26 top lists Check
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    Vals Im Bashir

    2008 — a.k.a. Waltz with Bashir, in 9 top lists Check
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    Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages

    1916, in 23 top lists Check
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    Vredens dag

    1943 — a.k.a. Day of Wrath, in 14 top lists Check
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    Straight Outta Compton

    2015, in 3 top lists Check
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    Spartacus

    1960, in 18 top lists Check
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    Glory

    1989, in 5 top lists Check
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    The Right Stuff

    1983, in 13 top lists Check
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    Letters from Iwo Jima

    2006, in 5 top lists Check
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    Ying xiong

    2002 — a.k.a. Hero, in 6 top lists Check
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    The Killing Fields

    1984, in 12 top lists Check
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    The Devils

    1971, in 10 top lists Check
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    A Man for All Seasons

    1966, in 14 top lists Check
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    A Night to Remember

    1958, in 4 top lists Check
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