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Historic Films

A historical period drama (also historical drama, period drama, costume drama, and period piece) is a work set in a past time period, usually used in the context of film and television. Historical period drama includes historical fiction and romances, adventure films, and swashbucklers. A period piece may be set in a vague or general era such as the Middle Ages or a specific period such as the Roaring Twenties.

  • 1903 – The Great Train Robbery
  • 1906 – The Story of the Kelly Gang 

1920’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMFDbRotten Tomatoes
1925 Battleship Potemkin  8/10100%
1928 The Passion of Joan of Arc8.1/1098%

1930’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMFDbRotten Tomatoes
1933 The Private Life of Henry VIII 7.1/10100%
1934 Cleopatra 6.8/1082%
1935 Captain Blood7.7/10100%
1935 Mutiny on the Bounty 7.7/1093%
1939 Gone with the Wind 8.1/1091%

1950’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMFDbRotten Tomatoes
1953 The Naked Spur7.4/10100%
1959 Rio Bravo8/10100%

1960’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1960 Spartacus 7.9/1093%
1964 Zulu7.7/1096%
1965 The Agony and the Ecstasy7.2/1086%
1966 A Man for All Seasons7.7/1083%
1968 The Lion in Winter 7.9/1092%
1969 Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 8/1090%
1970’s

1960’s Historic Series

1968 – The Caesars 

1970’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1970 Waterloo 7.3/1027%
1973 Papillon 8/1081%
1975 Barry Lyndon8.1/1090%
1975 The Count of Monte Cristo 7/10 
1977The Duellists 7.4/1092%

1970’s Historic Series

1976 – I, Claudius (TV series)

1980’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1980 The Elephant Man8.1/1092%
1985 Flesh and Blood7/1087%
1984 Amadeus 8.3/1093%
1985 The Doctor and the Devils 6.1/10 
1986 The Name of the Rose7.7/1074%

1990’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
1990 Dances with Wolves8/1083%
1992 1492: Conquest of Paradise6.5/1032%
1992The Last of the Mohicans7.7/1093%
1993 Gettysburg 7.6/1076%
1993 Tombstone (film)7.8/1074%
1995 Braveheart 8.3/1077%
1996 The Crucible 6.8/1068%
1998 Elizabeth (film)7.4/1082%
1998 Mulan 7.6/1086%
1999 13th Warrior 6.6/1033%

1990’s Historic Series

1993 – 2008 Sharpe (TV series)

1998-2003 Hornblower

2000’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
2000 Gladiator8.5/1077%
2000 The Patriot7.2/1061%
2001 A Knights Tale 6.9/1058%
2002Gangs of New York7.5/1073%
2003 Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World7.4/1085%
2003 The Last Samurai7.7/1066%
2004 King Arthur 6.3/1031%
2004 Alexander 5.6/1016%
2004 Troy 7.2/1054%
2005 Kingdom of Heaven7.2/1039%
2006 3007.6/1060%
2006 Apocalypto7.8/1066%
2007 Elizabeth: The Golden Age6.8/1034%
2007 Pathfinder 5.4/1010%
2008/9 Red Cliff7.4/1091%
2009 Agora7.2/1053%
2010 Centurion6.4/1061%

2000’s Historic Series

2010’s Historic Films

YearFranchiseFilmIMDbRotten Tomatoes
2012 Les Misérables7.6/1069%
2014 The Admiral: Roaring Currents7.1/1083%
2015 The Revenant 8/1078%
2019 The Aeronauts6.6/1072%

2010’s Historic Series

2011-14 – Borgia

2013 – present Vikings

2016 – 2019 – Medici

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