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The 10 best historical films of all time, must watch!

History lessons at school often make me sleepy. If you want to learn history without feeling bored, just watch the following best historical films

History lessons are sometimes considered boring by most people. Listening to the teacher speak and read thousands of words is like endless torture.

However, there is a solution so that you can learn history more interestingly, namely through historical movie which is based on a true story.

These films will entertain you as well as make you more literate with important events that have happened in the world.

The 10 Best Historical Films of All Time

In fact, there are thousands of quality historical films. Starting from world history, Indonesian history, to the history of Islam in Indonesia.

In this article, ApkVenue has chosen Top 10 historical films depicting major and influential events in the world.

Curious what movies? Immediately see, let's go, gang!

1. Schindler's List (1993)

Schindler's List raise the theme Holocaust; the massacre of the Jews by Nazi Germany in the era of World War 2 very realistically. In fact, this film has won 6 Oscars.

Directing movie Steven Spielberg It tells the story of a German businessman and Nazi sympathizer named Oskar Schindler. Even so, he was of great service to the Jews.

Schindler tried to save thousands of Jews by "employing" them in his factories. This film was made in black and white to make it darker.

You will be shown the Nazi atrocities against the Jews in Europe. You could say, this film is more like a horror film than a historical film.

TitleSchindler's List
ShowFebruary 4, 1994 (USA)
Duration3 hours 15 minutes
DirectorSteven Spielberg
CastLiam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Rating97% (RottenTomatoes.com)

8.9/10 (IMDb.com)

2. Lincoln (2012)

Abraham Lincoln He is the 16th former President of the United States. His struggle to stop the slavery of black people in America continues to be remembered today.

Instead of telling the whole story of Lincoln's life, this biopic only tells the last 4 months of Abraham Lincoln's life.

Lincoln's humanity was realized thanks to his efforts to pass the 13th amendment. On the other hand, he is also trying to stop the civil war in the US.

ShowNovember 16, 2012 (USA)
Duration2 hours 30 minutes
DirectorSteven Spielberg
CastDaniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Rating89% (RottenTomatoes.com)

7.3/10 (IMDb.com)

3. The Last Emperor (1987)

Before becoming a republic, China is a giant empire. Film The Last Emperor tells of the fall of the Qing dynasty and the rise of the communist state of China.

This world history film tells the story Pu Yi, the last emperor of China to be crowned at the age of 3 years. Even so, his life was not as good as he thought.

His position as emperor of China did not last long. China, which was then led by President Sun Yat Sen, disposed of him and made him a state prisoner.

TitleThe Last Emperor
ShowApril 15, 1988 (USA)
Duration2 hours 43 minutes
DirectorBernardo Bertolucci
CastJohn Lone, Joan Chen, Peter O'Toole
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Rating90% (RottenTomatoes.com)

7.7/10 (IMDb.com)

4. Munich (2005)

Munich is an action drama film set in tragedy massacre of 11 Israeli athletes at the event 1972 Munich Olympics by a group of Palestinian terrorists.

The story is, the Israeli government and Mossad; Israeli special forces formed a team of 5 people with different specialties to hunt down the terrorist.

However, this effort is not as easy as they think. There are many obstacles and difficulties that they must overcome in completing their mission.

Show6 January 2006 (USA)
Duration2 hours 44 minutes
DirectorSteven Spielberg
CastEric Bana, Daniel Craig, Marie-Jos e Croze
GenreAction, Drama, History
Rating78% (RottenTomatoes.com)

7.5/10 (IMDb.com)

5. Dunkirk (2017)

Do you like director's films? Christopher Nolan? If so, you really have to watch the movie set in the 2nd world war entitled Dunkirk here, gang.

Dunkirk recounts the process of evacuating hundreds of thousands of allied troops trapped on the beaches of Dunkirk, France; which is now surrounded by German troops.

The evacuation process in this best historical film is depicted through 3 perspectives: land, sea, and air. This film also lacks dialogue so you have to focus when watching it.

Show21 July 2017 (USA)
Duration1 hour 46 minutes
DirectorChristopher Nolan
CastFionn Whitehead, Barry Keoghan, Mark Rylance
GenreAction, Drama, History
Rating93% (RottenTomatoes.com)

7.9/10 (IMDb.com)

Other Best Historical Films . . .

6. 12 Years a Slave (2013)

12 Years a Slave is a historical film based on the memoir Solomon Northup, a black man who was forcibly sold into slavery for 12 years.

Initially, Solomon was an educated musician in New York who was not practicing slavery at that time. He then got a job offer in Washington DC.

However, it turns out that he was conned and sold into slavery in New Orleans. This film will tell Solomon's 12 years of suffering as a slave in great detail.

Title12 Years a Slave
ShowNovember 8, 2013 (USA)
Duration2 hours 14 minutes
DirectorSteve McQueen
CastChiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michael Fassbender
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Rating95% (RottenTomatoes.com)

8.1/10 (IMDb.com)

7. Last of The Mohicans (1992)

Last of The Mohicans is a historical film set in the colonial era war setting and starring talented actors, Daniel Day Lewis.

At that time, France and England were at war in colonial America. In the midst of them is Indian / Mohican tribes trapped and must choose a stronghold.

Many members of the tribe who became victims of this colonial war. On the other hand, a group of Mohicans try to save a girl from British soldiers.

TitleLast of The Mohicans
ShowSeptember 25, 1992 (USA)
Duration1 hour 52 minutes
DirectorMichael Mann
CastDaniel Day-Lewis, Madeleine Stowe, Russell Means
GenreAction, Adventure, Drama
Rating95% (RottenTomatoes.com)

7.7/10 (IMDb.com)

8. Hotels Rwanda (2004)

Next is the movie Rwandan Hotels which tells the history of the massacre / genocide in Rwanda 1994. This tragedy claimed the lives of up to 1 million people.

In this film, we will follow the true story of Paul Rusesabagina, a hotel manager in Rwanda who hides 1,268 Tutsi and Hutu from the pursuit of illegal militia.

The Hutu and Tutsi tribes were the main targets of this genocide. Even 70% of the Tutsis in Rwanda died horribly.

TitleRwandan Hotels
Show4 February 2005 (USA)
Duration2 hours 1 minute
DirectorTerry George
CastDon Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Joaquin Phoenix
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Rating91% (RottenTomatoes.com)

8.1/10 (IMDb.com)

9 Gandhi (1982)

If you study history, there's no way you don't know this one character. Gandhi was the leader of the anti-British occupation movement in India in the 20th century.

This Indian historical film tells the story of the beginning of Gandhi's struggle to liberate India from British colonial rule with a non-violent protest movement against the government.

The non-violent movement led by Gandhi is getting bigger and bigger the charisma of a Gandhi who is able to hypnotize the Indian people.

Show25 February 1983 (USA)
Duration3 hours 11 minutes
DirectorRichard Attenborough
CastBen Kingsley, John Gielgud, Rohini Hattangadi
GenreBiography, Drama, History
Rating84% (RottenTomatoes.com)

8.0/10 (IMDb.com)

10. The Enlightenment (2010)

After 9 foreign historical films, now is the time for Jaka to discuss Indonesian historical films. One of Jaka's favorite best Indonesian films is The Enlightenment.

Sang Enlightenment is an Indonesian Islamic historical film directed by the director Hanung Bramantyo which tells the story of the founder Muhammadiyah, Ahmad Dahlan (Lukman Sardi).

In his journey to establish Muhammadiyah, Ahmad Dahlan received many rejections, especially from Kyai-Kyai in his hometown.

TitleThe Enlightenment
ShowSeptember 8, 2010
Duration1 hour 52 minutes
DirectorHanung Bramantyo
CastLukman Sardi, Zaskia Adya Mecca, Slamet Rahardjo
GenreBiography, Drama, History
RatingTBA (RottenTomatoes.com)

6.8/10 (IMDb.com)

Thus Jaka's article about 10 films with the best historical backgrounds that you must watch. The films above will give you historical knowledge without feeling bored.

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