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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    Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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    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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    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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    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


    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


    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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    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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    Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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    Cameron Diaz, Leonardo DiCaprio, Liam Neeson

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

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

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


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


    Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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

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    Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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

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    Monica Bellucci, Jim Caviezel, Claudia Gerini

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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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    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


    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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    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


    Kerry Washington, Gillian Anderson, James McAvoy

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    Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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

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    Jason Robards Jr., Martin Balsam, Joseph Cotten

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

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    Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

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

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    Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn, Rolan Bykov

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


    Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, Ian McDiarmid

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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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    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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    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


    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


    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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    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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    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


    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


    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


    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


    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


    Greta Garbo, Lewis Stone, Reginald Owen

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


    Rory Calhoun, Lea Massari, George Rigaud

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


    Anthony Hopkins, José Ferrer, Raymond Burr

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


    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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