The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked Films

The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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List Criteria: Your favorite historical drama films, regardless of box office gross or popularity.

Moviegoers rank the best historical drama movies  and period pieces of all time below. So what makes a good historical drama movie? Some would say period-accuracy is most important while others may assert plot and emotion should priorities. These differing opinions are why it is difficult to rank the best historical drama movies of all time.

Do you due diligence and vote up your favorite historical dramas. These are the top films in the historical drama genre, meaning that each and every one of these is either tells a story from history or is a period piece. We have included details such as cast, year, director and more. This list of historical drama films also contains plot summaries and miscellaneous information. Original trailers for the movies included when available.

Many of these hit historical drama movies are available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon Prime.  Don't agree with this list? Feel free to rerank it to your heart's desire. You can either copy the historical drama films or add your own. This list, though, contains the best historical drama movies of all time, as voted on by fans of the films. Make sure to rock the vote by upvoting the greatest movies on this list (according to you).  List of historical drama films includes historical drama movie titles that can be clicked on for more information about the film. After you've voted for your favorites, share the list on Facebook, Twitter, or any other social networks. Aside from this list of the best historical drama movies, you can also take a look at the Best Family Drama Movies, The Best R-Rated Drama Movies, and the Best PG-13 Rated Drama Movies

All sorts of directors have taken on Historical drama movies. Examples include Orson Welles, Martin Scorsese, and Robert Redford.

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    Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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    The Patriot is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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    Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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    The King's Speech is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The King's Speech Helena Bonham Carter, Colin Firth, Guy Pearce

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    Kingdom of Heaven is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Kingdom of Heaven Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton

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    300 is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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    Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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    Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Gangs of New York Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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    Seven Samurai is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno

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    Ben-Hur is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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    Elizabeth: The Golden Age is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Eddie Redmayne

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    Black Hawk Down is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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    The Passion of the Christ is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    The Passion of the Christ Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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    The Last Samurai is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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    The Ten Commandments is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Omar Sharif, Padma Lakshmi, Dougray Scott

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    Patton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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    The Lion in Winter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Lion in Winter Anthony Hopkins, Katharine Hepburn, Peter O'Toole

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    Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Robin Hood Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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    The Last King of Scotland is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Last King of Scotland Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Tora! Tora! Tora! Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

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    King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    King Arthur Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

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    Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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    Elizabeth I is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Elizabeth I Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, Ian McDiarmid

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    Andrei Rublev is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Andrei Rublev Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov

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    Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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    Agora is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella

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    Good Night, and Good Luck is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Good Night, and Good Luck George Clooney, Robert Downey Jr., Jeff Daniels

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    The Battle of Algiers is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Battle of Algiers Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef, Gene Wesson

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    Barry Lyndon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter, Hardy Krüger

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    The Seventh Seal is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Seventh Seal Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson, Gunnar Björnstrand

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    Fellini's Casanova is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Fellini's Casanova Donald Sutherland, Tina Aumont, Daniel Emilfork

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    El Cid is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    El Cid Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom

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    Jesus Christ Superstar is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Jesus Christ Superstar Barry Dennen, Yvonne Elliman, Carl Anderson

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    The Gospel According to St. Ma... is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Gospel According to St. Matthew Giorgio Agamben, Alfonso Gatto, Enrique Irazoqui

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    Alexander is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Alexander Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Colin Farrell

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    King of Kings is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    King of Kings Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

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    Hunger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Hunger Michael Fassbender, Liam Cunningham, Stuart Graham

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    A Dangerous Method is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    A Dangerous Method Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen

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    Hyde Park on Hudson is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams

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    Barabbas is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked

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    Eva Dahlbeck, Erik Strandmark, Birgitta Valberg

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    Sodom and Gomorrah is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Stanley Baker, Stewart Granger, Anouk Aimée

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    La Reine Margot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    La Reine Margot Isabelle Adjani, Asia Argento, Virna Lisi

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    Holocaust is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Holocaust Rosemary Harris, Tovah Feldshuh, Michael Moriarty

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    Queen Christina is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Queen Christina Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, Reginald Owen

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    Peter and Paul is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Anthony Hopkins, José Ferrer, Raymond Burr

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    The Colossus of Rhodes is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari, George Rigaud

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    The Leopard is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    The Leopard Claudia Cardinale, Burt Lancaster, Alain Delon

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    Li Lianying: The Imperial Eunu... is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked


    Jiang Wen, Liu Xiaoqing, Xu Fan

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