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Top History Films

Rank Title Year Director(s) Overall
Rank
1 Lawrence of Arabia 1962 David Lean 16
2 Gone with the Wind 1939 Victor Fleming 21
3 Schindler's List 1993 Steven Spielberg 34
4 The Battleship Potemkin 1925 Sergei M. Eisenstein 96
5 The Passion of Joan of Arc 1928 Carl Theodor Dreyer 124
6 Aguirre: The Wrath of God 1972 Werner Herzog 151
7 Ben-Hur 1959 William Wyler 157
8 Amadeus 1984 Milos Forman 162
9 Andrei Rublev 1966 Andrei Tarkovsky 175
10 Braveheart 1995 Mel Gibson 204
11 The Birth of a Nation 1915 D.W. Griffith 228
12 Intolerance 1916 D.W. Griffith 243
13 Spartacus 1960 Stanley Kubrick 254
14 The Great Escape 1963 John Sturges 263
15 The Leopard 1963 Luchino Visconti 265
16 Shoah 1985 Claude Lanzmann 295
17 All the President's Men 1976 Alan J. Pakula 312
18 Barry Lyndon 1975 Stanley Kubrick 320
19 Napoléon 1927 Abel Gance 338
20 Night and Fog 1955 Alain Resnais 399
21 Gandhi 1982 Richard Attenborough 405
22 The Ten Commandments 1956 Cecil B. DeMille 429
23 Triumph of the Will 1935 Leni Riefenstahl 470
24 JFK 1991 Oliver Stone 478
25 When We Were Kings 1996 Leon Gast 479
26 Ivan the Terrible 1945 Sergei M. Eisenstein 489
27 In the Realm of the Senses 1976 Nagisa Oshima 498
28 The Right Stuff 1983 Philip Kaufman 521
29 Z 1969 Costa-Gavras 544
30 Downfall 2004 Oliver Hirschbiegel 557
31 The Last Emperor 1987 Bernardo Bertolucci 585
32 The Gospel According to St. Matthew 1964 Pier Paolo Pasolini 590
33 Glory 1989 Edward Zwick 591
34 The Sorrow and the Pity 1969 Marcel Ophüls 609
35 The Hurt Locker 2008 Kathryn Bigelow 613
36 Malcolm X 1992 Spike Lee 618
37 Alexander Nevsky 1938 Sergei M. Eisenstein and Dmitri Vasilyev 657
38 A Man for All Seasons 1966 Fred Zinnemann 667
39 Waltz with Bashir 2008 Ari Folman 702
40 Chimes at Midnight 1965 Orson Welles 707
41 Henry V 1944 Laurence Olivier 721
42 Empire of the Sun 1987 Steven Spielberg 730
43 Zulu 1964 Cy Endfield 744
44 Woodstock 1970 Michael Wadleigh 762
45 The Scarlet Empress 1934 Josef von Sternberg 773
46 The Killing Fields 1984 Roland Joffé 782
47 Reds 1981 Warren Beatty 784
48 Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 Frank Lloyd 787
49 Apollo 13 1995 Ron Howard 791
50 Eight Men Out 1988 John Sayles 810
51 Man on Wire 2008 James Marsh 849
52 Tom Jones 1963 Tony Richardson 870
53 The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons from the Life of Robert S. McNamara 2003 Errol Morris 911
54 Hero 2002 Yimou Zhang 912
55 The Longest Day 1962 Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, and Bernhard Wicki 913
56 Black Hawk Down 2001 Ridley Scott 916
57 Gallipoli 1981 Peter Weir 955
58 The Travelling Players 1975 Theodoros Angelopoulos 982
59 Harakiri 1962 Masaki Kobayashi 985
60 Hotel Rwanda 2004 Terry George 995
61 Kagemusha 1980 Akira Kurosawa 997
62 Miracle 2004 Gavin O'Connor 1002
63 The Tree of Wooden Clogs 1978 Ermanno Olmi 1034
64 October 1928 Grigori Aleksandrov and Sergei M. Eisenstein 1036
65 Ivan the Terrible, Part II 1958 Sergei M. Eisenstein and M. Filimonova 1038
66 Letters from Iwo Jima 2006 Clint Eastwood 1039
67 The Mystery of Kaspar Hausar 1974 Werner Herzog 1046
68 The King's Speech 2010 Tom Hooper 1048
69 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World 2003 Peter Weir 1067
70 Elizabeth 1998 Shekhar Kapur 1088
71 United 93 2006 Paul Greengrass 1089
72 The Devils 1971 Ken Russell 1120
73 The Times of Harvey Milk 1984 Rob Epstein 1148
74 In Cold Blood 1967 Richard Brooks 1167
75 The Lion in Winter 1968 Anthony Harvey 1186
76 The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford 2007 Andrew Dominik 1188
77 Henry V 1989 Kenneth Branagh 1191
78 Queen Christina 1933 Rouben Mamoulian 1192
79 Gangs of New York 2002 Martin Scorsese 1195
80 Russian Ark 2002 Aleksandr Sokurov 1218
81 Milk 2008 Gus Van Sant 1242
82 Senso 1954 Luchino Visconti 1272
83 Seabiscuit 2003 Gary Ross 1286
84 War and Peace 1966 Sergey Bondarchuk 1298
85 'Breaker' Morant 1980 Bruce Beresford 1304
86 Sergeant York 1941 Howard Hawks 1309
87 Tombstone 1993 George P. Cosmatos 1330
88 Inherit the Wind 1960 Stanley Kramer 1367
89 Matewan 1987 John Sayles 1380
90 Cleopatra 1963 Joseph L. Mankiewicz 1393
91 A City of Sadness 1989 Hsiao-hsien Hou 1421
92 Silkwood 1983 Mike Nichols 1430
93 Zodiac 2007 David Fincher 1441
94 Salvatore Giuliano 1962 Francesco Rosi 1454
95 12 Years a Slave 2013 Steve McQueen 1460
96 Cyrano de Bergerac 1990 Jean-Paul Rappeneau 1492
97 The Dam Busters 1955 Michael Anderson 1498
98 In the Name of the Father 1993 Jim Sheridan 1502
99 Quiz Show 1994 Robert Redford 1512
100 Europa Europa 1990 Agnieszka Holland 1560
101 Edvard Munch 1974 Peter Watkins 1588
102 Munich 2005 Steven Spielberg 1619
103 Nixon 1995 Oliver Stone 1630
104 Salvador 1986 Oliver Stone 1660
105 Rabbit-Proof Fence 2002 Phillip Noyce 1664
106 Burnt by the Sun 1994 Nikita Mikhalkov 1665
107 Marketa Lazarová 1967 Frantisek Vlácil 1701
108 Band of Brothers 2001 David Frankel, Mikael Salomon, Tom Hanks, David Leland, Richard Loncraine, David Nutter, Phil Alden Robinson, and Tony To 1710
109 The Mission 1986 Roland Joffé 1717
110 The Iron Horse 1924 John Ford 1738
111 The Last Command 1928 Josef von Sternberg 1782
112 The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 1970 Vittorio De Sica 1788
113 Platform 2000 Zhangke Jia 1800
114 Argo 2012 Ben Affleck 1816
115 Cabiria 1914 Giovanni Pastrone 1824
116 Good Night, and Good Luck. 2005 George Clooney 1856
117 Gettysburg 1993 Ronald F. Maxwell 1859
118 The Robe 1953 Henry Koster 1872
119 The Official Story 1985 Luis Puenzo 1880
120 Fellini Satyricon 1969 Federico Fellini 1917
121 She Done Him Wrong 1933 Lowell Sherman 1927
122 The Act of Killing 2012 Joshua Oppenheimer 1940
123 Battle of Britain 1969 Guy Hamilton 1984
124 El Cid 1961 Anthony Mann 1993
125 Once Upon a Time in China 1991 Hark Tsui 2029
126 A Bridge Too Far 1977 Richard Attenborough 2042
127 The Human Condition: A Soldier's Prayer 1961 Masaki Kobayashi 2047
128 The Private Life of Henry VIII 1933 Alexander Korda 2053
129 Los Angeles Plays Itself 2003 Thom Andersen 2058
130 Lancelot of the Lake 1974 Robert Bresson 2067
131 The New World 2005 Terrence Malick 2068
132 The Last Samurai 2003 Edward Zwick 2134
133 Bloody Sunday 2002 Paul Greengrass 2149
134 Flags of Our Fathers 2006 Clint Eastwood 2153
135 The Corporation 2003 Jennifer Abbott and Mark Achbar 2170
136 Tora! Tora! Tora! 1970 Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, and Toshio Masuda 2175
137 Salt of the Earth 1954 Herbert J. Biberman 2177
138 Missing 1982 Costa-Gavras 2185
139 A Night to Remember 1958 Roy Ward Baker 2213
140 Caravaggio 1986 Derek Jarman 2245
141 Mississippi Burning 1988 Alan Parker 2279
142 Enemy at the Gates 2001 Jean-Jacques Annaud 2284
143 Evita 1996 Alan Parker 2295
144 The Decline of Western Civilization 1981 Penelope Spheeris 2310
145 The Diary of Anne Frank 1959 George Stevens 2356
146 Monterey Pop 1968 D.A. Pennebaker 2357
147 The Last King of Scotland 2006 Kevin Macdonald 2359
148 Lincoln 2012 Steven Spielberg 2419
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