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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Spartacus Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier Tony Curtis

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Gandhi Daniel Day-Lewis, Ben Kingsley Martin Sheen

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The Patriot Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger Logan Lerman

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

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Kingdom of Heaven Eva Green, Liam Neeson Edward Norton

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Ben-Hur Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins Hugh Griffith

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

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300 Gerard Butler, Michael Fassbender Lena Headey

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Black Hawk Down Ewan McGregor, Tom Hardy Orlando Bloom

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Patton George C. Scott, Karl Malden Paul Frees

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

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The Last Samurai Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly Timothy Spall

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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) 16 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 Toshiro Mifune, Takashi Shimura Eijirō Tōno

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The Ten Commandments Omar Sharif, Padma Lakshmi Dougray Scott

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Tombstone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Tombstone Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell Charlton Heston

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Robin Hood Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe Mark Strong

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Dances with Wolves Kevin Costner, Mary McDonnell Charles Rocket

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King Arthur Keira Knightley, Clive Owen Ray Winstone

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

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

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Sergeant York is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Sergeant York Gary Cooper, Walter Brennan Joan Leslie

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Elizabeth I Jeremy Irons, Helen Mirren Ian McDiarmid

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

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

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El Cid Sophia Loren, Charlton Heston Herbert Lom

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Casablanca is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Casablanca Ingrid Bergman, Humphrey Bogart Peter Lorre

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

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There Will Be Blood is listed (or ranked) 32 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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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 Other Boleyn Girl Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman Benedict Cumberbatch

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Rob Roy Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange John Hurt

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Agora Rachel Weisz, Oscar Isaac Max Minghella

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Amistad Morgan Freeman, Matthew McConaughey Anna Paquin

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The Duchess Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes Hayley Atwell

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King of Kings Orson Welles, Rip Torn Robert Ryan

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Barry Lyndon Ryan O'Neal, Leonard Rossiter Hardy Krüger

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

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The Seventh Seal Max von Sydow, Bibi Andersson Gunnar Björnstrand

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Braveheart is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Braveheart Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau Brendan Gleeson

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Andrei Rublev Yuri Nikulin, Anatoly Solonitsyn Rolan Bykov

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Inglourious Basterds is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Historical Drama Movies of All Time, Ranked
Inglourious Basterds Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender Diane Kruger

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Alexander Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer Colin Farrell

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

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Quills Kate Winslet, Michael Caine Geoffrey Rush

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Stealing Heaven Denholm Elliott, Kim Thomson Derek de Lint

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The Battle of Algiers Jean Martin, Saadi Yacef Gene Wesson