6 Films Every History Student Must Watch

Happy Monday, people! Today we've arrived at the fourth in a series of weekly articles for students. The series features articles recommending the best films based on a particular academic subject. It is incredible how much more fun academics get when blended with entertainment and the following list will prove it. Last week, we brought out the philosopher in you with a list of films that every philosophy student must watch.

This week, we take a blast from the past, with history as this week's subject. Although it is just a bunch of stuff that has already happened, one cannot question its significance in the modern day. After all, this modern day will one day become history. So, in today's list, we mostly touch upon true historical stories, which will surely make you travel back in time…

Schindler's List (1993)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, this is the kind of film that every human must see, let alone those who are interested in history. It is the true story of Oskar Schindler, an ethnic German businessman, who saved the lives of more than a thousand Polish-Jewish refugees from the Holocaust by employing them in his factories.

Gone With the Wind (1939)
A film so old, it is history itself but remains a classic. A manipulative woman and a roguish man carry on a turbulent love affair in the American south during the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Gangs of New York (2002)
This epic period drama is set in the mid-19th century in the Five Points district of New York City. Directed by Martin Scorsese, it is inspired by Herbert Asbury's 1927 non-fiction book of the same name.

Forrest Gump (1994)
Wondering why this is here? While the film is a fictional one, it features a few historically significant events of the latter half of the 20th century in the United States, which our titular character witnesses, and in some cases, influences.

Passion of the Christ (2004)
Jesus Christ, what a film. Directed by Mel Gibson (who also directed another historical film called Apocalyto), the film is a biblical epic drama and naturally attracted a lot of controversies. The film primarily covers the final twelve hours of Jesus' life…

Dunkirk (2017)
While this one hasn't released yet, it is set during World War 2 and based on the true story of the Dunkirk evacuation. Directed by Christopher Nolan, someone who has touched upon various topics like dreams, subconscious, space, gravity, philosophy and more in his previous films, we can only look forward to see his take on history.

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