Movies Out Now Every History Fan Should See

Historical content has always been a fertile resource for Hollywood directors, in large part because so many interesting things have happened throughout history.

In many cases, these historical events are even more impressive than any fiction, and this makes them ideal for adaptation into film. Here are the best top movies to view in theater or on DVD that will satisfy your interest in awe-inspiring historical events.

Schindler's List

This film depicts real-life events during World War II, in which businessman Oscar Schindler tries to save more than 1,000 Jews from Nazi persecution. All these Jews worked at the Schindler factory, and in many cases filming was done at the actual locations where these events took place. Schindler took a huge risk for himself and was able to save all the lives of these Jews. He has important attributions to the film, which shows the many descendants of the Jewish people being saved.

Conservation Pvt. Ryan

This is a Steven Spielberg film, starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon and several others, made immediately after the Normandy invasion in World War II. During the invasion, three brothers died on the beach and the fourth was trapped behind enemy lines. Tom Hanks as Captain John Miller is tasked with taking on the armed forces that must invade Nazi lines to find the fourth brother so that the whole family doesn't get killed on the battlefield. 

Lawrence from Arab

An all-time classic, directed by David Lean, this film features a catalog of great stars including Alec Guinness, Peter O'Toole, Omar Sharif, Claude Raines, Jose Ferrer, and Anthony Quayle. History shows the efforts of British officer T.E. Lawrence and his mission to help Arab tribes overthrow their Ottoman oppressors in the context of World War I.