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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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Schindler's List is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
wiabux added Schindler's List Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley

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Gladiator is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Gladiator Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Michael Sheen

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wiabux added Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Tony Curtis

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Ferry73 added Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley, Martin Sheen

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wiabux added The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Logan Lerman

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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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Ferry73 added Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Hugh Griffith

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wiabux added Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy, Orlando Bloom

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

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

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

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jim_In_Texas added Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Brendan Gleeson

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Gangs of New York is listed (or ranked) 14 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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ElijahKaganer added 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
RobLein added Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Charlton Heston

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RobLein added Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Paul Frees

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cynde added Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell, Charles Rocket

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Seven Samurai Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura, Eijirō Tōno

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wiabux added 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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The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly, Timothy Spall

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
cynde added Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre

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

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

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Ferry73 added King Arthur Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone

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cynde added Rob Roy Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, John Hurt

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idowrite added Robin Hood Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, Mark Strong

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Elizabeth I Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren, Ian McDiarmid

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Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
RobLein added Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan, Joan Leslie

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Ferry73 added Agora Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac, Max Minghella

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Glory is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Jim_In_Texas added Glory Morgan Freeman, Denzel Washington, Matthew Broderick

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

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RobLein added El Cid Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston, Herbert Lom

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Jim_In_Texas added Apocalypto Raoul Trujillo, Gerardo Taracena, Israel Contreras

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
cynde added Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Diane Kruger

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

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Sazonana added Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey, Anna Paquin

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

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Sazonana added The Duchess Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell

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

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

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
PhilipB.Plowe added There Will Be Blood Daniel Day-Lewis, Ciarán Hinds, Paul Dano

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Jim_In_Texas added The Longest Day Sean Connery, John Wayne, Richard Burton

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Jim_In_Texas added Gettysburg Martin Sheen, Tom Berenger, Sam Elliott

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

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

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RobLein added King of Kings Orson Welles, Rip Torn, Robert Ryan

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Jim_In_Texas added Heartbreak Ridge Clint Eastwood, Mario Van Peebles, Marsha Mason

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Jim_In_Texas added The Alamo Emily Deschanel, Billy Bob Thornton, Dennis Quaid