Movies about historical events have seen a tremendous rise in popularity, from heartbreaking romances to bloodshed-filled wars. The right amount of drama is present to portrayals of these events allow watchers to connect emotionally with different eras while being educated. Many such history movies have become favourites of critics, and have consequently become major blockbusters. Listed below are few of the most iconic historical movies made:
- Schindler’s List (1993)
This is an American epic historical period drama movie directed by Steven Spielberg. It was written by Steven Zaillian. Based on the novel Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally, it depicts the life of a Sudeten-German businessman Oskar Schindler who saves thousands of Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories. It stars Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Amon Goth.
- Braveheart (1995)
This epic war film was directed by Mel Gibbson and Randall Wallace wrote it. It follows the fictional life of Wallace who leads the Scots in a revolt against King Edward I. his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who attempted to rape her. It stars Mel Gibbson, Patrick McGoohan, Sophie Marceau, and Catherine McCormack.
- Gladiator (2000)
Ridley Scott directed this epic historical drama film was, and it was written jointly by David Franzoni, William Nicholson and John Logan. It portrays the life of General Maximus Decimus Meridius, who is betrayed when Commodus, the son of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, assassinates his father to consequently take the throne. It cast has Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix and Connie Nielsen.
- Titanic (1997)
This American epic romance and tragedy film was directed and written by James Cameron. It follows the story of two star-crossed members of different social strata who fall in love while aboard the luxurious, ill-fated maiden voyage of Titanic. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.
- Saving Private Ryan (1998)
It is an American epic war motion picture which was directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Robert Rodat. It portrays the battle during the Normandy Landings, including Omaha Beach assault and follows US Army Rangers Captain John Miller and his squad as they set out to search for paratrooper Private James Francis Ryan, whose three brothers were killed in action.