films The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked  

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

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The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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Kingdom of Heaven Eva Green, Liam Neeson, Edward Norton

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

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Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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Gone with the Wind Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Olivia de Havilland

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Elizabeth: The Golden Age Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Eddie Redmayne

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 12 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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Lincoln Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field

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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender, Lena Headey

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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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

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The Ten Commandments Omar Sharif, Padma Lakshmi, Dougray Scott

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

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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King Arthur Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

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

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Rob Roy Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

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Elizabeth I Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, Ian McDiarmid

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Robin Hood Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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Agora Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella

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Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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El Cid Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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

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In the Name of the Father Daniel Day-Lewis, Emma Thompson, Tom Wilkinson

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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The Other Boleyn Girl Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Benedict Cumberbatch

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The Duchess Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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

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The Mask of Zorro Catherine Zeta-Jones, Anthony Hopkins, Antonio Banderas

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Alexander Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Colin Farrell

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

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A Bridge Too Far Sean Connery, Anthony Hopkins, Robert Redford

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King of Kings Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

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Apocalypto Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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

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Andrei Rublev Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov

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The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton