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The Best Movies About Historical Battles  

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Some battles are ones for the history books - and the historical films. The best historical war battle movies make the horrors and triumphs of war more immediate by spotlighting individual characters fighting for their lives. This is a list of the top movies about historical wars including everything from Braveheart to The Bridge on the River Kwai to 300.

What films will you find on this list of the best movies about historical battles? In Saving Private Ryan, the Invasion of Normandy comes to breathtaking life. Tom Hanks leads an all-star cast - including Tom Sizemore, Edward Burns, Vin Diesel and more - in this Steven Spielberg-directed hit. World War II is a popular choice for filmmakers: Pearl Harbor also focuses on this conflict, and The Longest Day follows a group of soldiers during the time leading up to D-Day. Other good movies featured here include Ben Hur, Kingdom of Heaven, and Letters from Iwo Jima.

Which battle movie do you like the best? Give your favorites a thumbs up and please add any historical war films that are missing.

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The Eight Hundred is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Yi Zhang, Chen Yao, Haoming Yu
The Eight Hundred is a 2019 Chinese war film directed by Hu Guan. In 1937, eight hundred Chinese soldiers fight under siege from a warehouse in the middle of the Shanghai battlefield, completely ...more
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Day of the Siege is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Jim_In_Texas added Day of the Siege F. Murray Abraham, Enrico Lo Verso, Jerzy Skolimowski
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King Arthur is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Keira Knightley, Clive Owen, Ray Winstone
King Arthur is a 2004 action adventure film directed by Antoine Fuqua and written by David Franzoni. It stars Clive Owen as the title character, Ioan Gruffudd as Lancelot, and Keira Knightley as ...more
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1939 Battle of Westerplatte is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Jim_In_Texas added 1939 Battle of Westerplatte Michał Żebrowski, Borys Szyc, Jan Englert
1939 Battle of Westerplatte, originally titled in Poland as Tajemnica Westerplatte, is a 2013 Polish-Lithuanian war film written and directed by Paweł Chochlew. It is portraying the Battle of ...more
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Centurion is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Michael Fassbender, Olga Kurylenko, Imogen Poots
Centurion is a 2010 British historical action film directed by Neil Marshall, loosely based on the legend of the Ninth Legion in Caledonia in the early second century AD. The film stars Michael ...more
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The Eagle is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Seth Haldane Casden added Channing Tatum, Donald Sutherland, Mark Strong
The Eagle is a 2011 historical adventure film set in Roman Britain directed by Kevin Macdonald, and starring Channing Tatum, Jamie Bell and Donald Sutherland. Adapted by Jeremy Brock from ...more
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Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Jim_In_Texas added Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla Christian Vazquez, Angélica Aragón, Liz Gallardo
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Pearl Harbor is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movies About Historical Battles
Kate Beckinsale, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck
Pearl Harbor is a 2001 American war film with romance and action elements directed by Michael Bay, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and written by Randall Wallace. It features an ensemble cast, ...more