Historical movies offer viewers a chance to see important events and time periods come to life. With the right script and a strong vision from the director, these films provide insight into the things that have shaped our world. Of course, excellent performances are also a vital part of the equation. You need to have actors who can make the stories feel vivid and urgent. Over the decades, many a star has scored an Oscar for doing just that in a historical movie, whether based on a true story or just a solid piece of fiction.
For every case where that's happened, though, there's another where an actor gave an underrated performance. Sometimes it was because they had a supporting role, or one that wasn't as showy as a co-star's. Other times, the movies themselves didn't light up the box office to the degree that they deserved to. Whatever the case, the following actors all brought something incredibly special to the historical movies in which they appeared. Their efforts deserve to be discovered and appreciated.
- 114 VOTESPhoto: 20th Century Fox
- 211 VOTESPhoto: Warner Bros.
- 316 VOTESPhoto: Miramax Films
- 419 VOTESPhoto: Universal Pictures
- 510 VOTESPhoto: Focus Features
- 611 VOTESPhoto: Paramount Pictures