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The Best PG-13 History Movies 

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List of PG-13 history movies, ranked from best to worst with movie trailers when available. This list takes the best PG-13 history movies and pits them against each other to see once and for all what the greatest PG-13 History movie of all time is. This list of popular PG-13 history movies includes information like who directed the film, when it was released and which actors starred in the movie. If you think the top PG-13 History movie isn't as high as it should be then be sure to vote it up so it can take its rightful place among the other great PG-13 History films on this list. If you're trying to find a specific PG-13 History film you can search this list and filter to find what you're looking for.

This list below has everything from The Social Network to Seabiscuit.

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Clint Eastwood and Steven Spielberg have both directed a History PG-13 film, as have other really creative and talented directors.

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Released: 1995

Directed by: Ron Howard

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wiabux added Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Kathy Bates

Released: 1997

Directed by: James Cameron

Titanic is a 1997 American epic romance and disaster film directed by James Cameron. A seventeen-year-old aristocrat (Kate Winslet) falls in love with a kind but poor artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) ...more

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

Released: 2012

Directed by: Steven Spielberg

Lincoln is a 2012 American epic historical drama film directed by Steven Spielberg, starring Daniel Day-Lewis as United States President Abraham Lincoln and Sally Field as Mary Todd Lincoln. The ...more

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Henry Cavill, Jim Caviezel, Guy Pearce

Released: 2002

Directed by: Kevin Reynolds

The Count of Monte Cristo is a 2002 adventure film directed by Kevin Reynolds. The film is an adaptation of the book of the same name by Alexandre Dumas, père and stars Jim Caviezel, Guy ...more

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Elizabeth Banks, Jeff Bridges, Tobey Maguire

Released: 2003

Directed by: Gary Ross

Seabiscuit is a 2003 American biographical sports psychological-drama thriller film based on the best-selling non-fiction book Seabiscuit: An American Legend by Laura Hillenbrand. The film is ...more

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Kevin Costner, Bruce Greenwood, Chip Esten

Released: 2000

Directed by: Roger Donaldson

Thirteen Days is a 2000 American historical drama-thriller film directed by Roger Donaldson Kevin Costner stars, with Bruce Greenwood featured as President John F. Kennedy, Steven Culp as ...more

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Nick Nolte, Joaquin Phoenix, Don Cheadle

Released: 2004

Directed by: Terry George

Hotel Rwanda is a 2004 American historical drama film directed by Terry George. It was adapted from a screenplay written by both George and Keir Pearson. It stars Don Cheadle and Sophie Okonedo ...more

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Kirsten Dunst, Tom Hardy, Rose Byrne

Released: 2006

Directed by: Sofia Coppola

Marie Antoinette is a 2006 historical drama film directed by Sofia Coppola. The retelling of Marie Antoinette (Kirsten Dunst), from her marriage to her reign and to her eventual downfall.

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Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Langley Kirkwood

Released: 2009

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

"From director Clint Eastwood, “Invictus” tells the inspiring true story of how Nelson Mandela (Morgan Freeman) joined forces with the captain of South Africa’s rugby team, Francois Pienaar ...more

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James Franco, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester

Released: 2006

Directed by: Tony Bill

Flyboys is a 2006 British-American drama film set during WWI, starring James Franco, Martin Henderson, Jean Reno, Jennifer Decker, David Ellison, Abdul Salis, Philip Winchester, and Tyler ...more

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Uma Thurman, Claire Danes, Liam Neeson

Released: 1998

Directed by: Bille August

Les Misérables is a 1998 film adaptation of Victor Hugo's 1862 novel of the same name, directed by Bille August. It stars Liam Neeson, Geoffrey Rush, Uma Thurman, and Claire Danes. As in ...more

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John Lithgow, Cuba Gooding Jr., Laurence Fishburne

Released: 1995

Directed by: Robert Markowitz

The Tuskegee Airmen is a 1995 HBO television movie based on the exploits of an actual groundbreaking unit, the first African American combat pilots in the United States Army Air Corps, that ...more

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Justin Timberlake, Rashida Jones, Rooney Mara

Released: 2010

Directed by: David Fincher

The Social Network is a 2010 American drama film directed by David Fincher and written by Aaron Sorkin. Adapted from Ben Mezrich's 2009 book The Accidental Billionaires: The Founding of ...more

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Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Hayley Atwell

Released: 2008

Directed by: Saul Dibb

The Duchess is a 2008 British-American drama film directed by Saul Dibb. It is based on Amanda Foreman's biography of the 18th-century English aristocrat Georgiana Cavendish, Duchess of ...more

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Nicole Kidman, Hugh Jackman, David Wenham

Released: 2008

Directed by: Baz Luhrmann

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Christian Bale, Colin Farrell, Christopher Plummer

Released: 2005

Directed by: Terrence Malick

The New World is a 2005 British-American romantic historical drama film written and directed by Terrence Malick, depicting the founding of the Jamestown, Virginia settlement and inspired by the ...more

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Paul McGill, Robert Sciglimpaglia, Jr.

Released: 2008

Directed by: James Marsh

Man on Wire is a 2008 British documentary film directed by James Marsh. The film chronicles Philippe Petit's 1974 high-wire walk between the Twin Towers of New York's World Trade Center. It is ...more

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Daniela Ruah, Bryan Cranston, Cuba Gooding Jr.

Released: 2012

Directed by: Anthony Hemingway

Red Tails is a 2012 American film directed by Anthony Hemingway in his feature film directorial debut, and starring Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. The film is about the Tuskegee Airmen, a ...more

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Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Eddie Redmayne

Released: 2007

Directed by: Shekhar Kapur

Elizabeth: The Golden Age is a 2007 sequel to the 1998 film Elizabeth, directed by Shekhar Kapur and produced by Universal Pictures and Working Title Films. It stars Cate Blanchett in the title ...more

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Released: 2006

Directed by: Oliver Stone

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Laura Mennell, Ty Olsson, Gwynyth Walsh

Released: 2006

Directed by: Peter Markle

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Robert Duvall, Mira Sorvino, Jeff Daniels

Released: 2003

Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell

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Dustin Hoffman, Faye Dunaway, Martin Balsam

Released: 1970

Directed by: Arthur Penn

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Rosario Dawson, Hayden Christensen, Hank Azaria

Released: 2003

Directed by: Billy Ray

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Bern Cohen, Reagan Leonard, Bob Angelini

Released: 2011

Directed by: James Marsh

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