Top 50 underrated history movies

01.
The Promise
133 min | 2016 |
6.1 (164555 votes)
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9.3 (721 reviews)

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris - a renowned American journalist based in Paris.

02.
Einstein Junior
91 min | 1988 |
5.1 (8030 votes)
|
7.83 (32 reviews)

Albert Einstein is the son of a Tasmanian apple farmer, who discovers the secret of splitting the beer atom to put the bubbles back into beer. When Albert travels to Sydney to patent his ...

03.
Newsies
121 min | 1992 |
7.0 (17366 votes)
|
9.02 (248 reviews)

A musical based on the New York City newsboy strike of 1899. When young newspaper sellers are exploited beyond reason by their bosses they set out to enact change and are met by the ruthlessness of big business.

04.
Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
114 min | 1996 |
6.0 (9338 votes)
|
7.86 (53 reviews)

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

05.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (32218 votes)
|
8.07 (159 reviews)

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-picture Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

06.
Jesus Christ Superstar
106 min | 1973 |
7.3 (23244 votes)
|
9.02 (171 reviews)

Film version of the musical stage play, presenting the last few weeks of Christ's life told in an anachronistic manner.

07.
The Nativity Story
101 min | 2006 |
6.8 (9366 votes)
|
8.51 (189 reviews)

A drama that focuses on the period in Mary and Joseph's life where they journeyed to Bethlehem for the birth of Jesus.

08.
The Dish - Verloren im Weltall
101 min | 2000 |
7.2 (14279 votes)
|
8.91 (147 reviews)

A remote Australian community, populated by quirky characters, plays a key role in the first Apollo moon landing.

09.
Cyrano von Bergerac
137 min | 1990 |
7.5 (20768 votes)
|
9.16 (69 reviews)

Embarrassed by his large nose, a romantic poet/soldier romances his cousin by proxy.

10.
Heimweg
89 min | 1999 |
7.8 (11682 votes)
|
9.38 (117 reviews)

Prompted by the death of his father and the grief of his mother, a man recalls the story of how they met in flashback.

11.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.8 (28235 votes)
|
9.36 (154 reviews)

The story of Sir Thomas More, who stood up to King Henry VIII when the King rejected the Roman Catholic Church to obtain a divorce and remarry.

12.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (18607 votes)
|
7.55 (230 reviews)

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio Texas.

13.
Hey Ram - Augenblicke der Zärtlichkeit
186 min | 2000 |
8.0 (10238 votes)
|
9.49 (42 reviews)

Saketh Ram's wife is raped and killed during direct action day riots in Calcutta. He is convinced that Mahatma Gandhi is responsible for all the problems happening in the country and sets out to kill him.

14.
Machuca, mein Freund
121 min | 2004 |
7.8 (10219 votes)
|
9.29 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

15.
The Warrior
158 min | 2001 |
7.2 (10427 votes)
|
8.57 (75 reviews)

1375. Nine Koryo warriors, envoys exiled by Imperial China, battle to protect a Chinese Ming Princess from Mongolian troops.

16.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14139 votes)
|
7.95 (82 reviews)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther (Joseph Fiennes), disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

17.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (38413 votes)
|
8.23 (101 reviews)

In 1713 Scotland, Rob Roy MacGregor is wronged by a nobleman and his nephew, becomes an outlaw in search of revenge while fleeing the Redcoats, and faces charges of being a Jacobite.

18.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.9 (11280 votes)
|
9.22 (83 reviews)

Three Australian lieutenants are court martialed for executing prisoners as a way of deflecting attention from war crimes committed by their superior officers.

19.
The Mission
125 min | 1986 |
7.5 (51645 votes)
|
8.76 (169 reviews)

Eighteenth century Spanish Jesuits try to protect a remote South American tribe in danger of falling under the rule of pro-slavery Portugal.

20.
Quest for Fire
100 min | 1981 |
7.4 (19106 votes)
|
8.64 (83 reviews)

This story takes place in prehistoric time when three tribesmen search for a new fire source.

21.
Samurai der Dämmerung
129 min | 2002 |
8.1 (20555 votes)
|
9.33 (88 reviews)

As the feudal Japan era draws to a close, a widower samurai experiences difficulty balancing 2 young daughters, an aged mother, clan loyalties, and the sudden reappearance of his childhood sweetheart.

22.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
144 min | 1970 |
7.5 (29248 votes)
|
8.72 (125 reviews)

In 1941, following months of economic embargo, Japan prepares to open its war against the United States with a preventive strike on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor.

23.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.4 (33606 votes)
|
7.62 (237 reviews)

The story of John Wilmot, a.k.a. the Earl of Rochester, a 17th century poet who famously drank and debauched his way to an early grave, only to earn posthumous critical acclaim for his life's work.

24.
The 13th Warrior
102 min | 1999 |
6.6 (110711 votes)
|
7.81 (411 reviews)

A man, having fallen in love with the wrong woman, is sent by the sultan himself on a diplomatic mission to a distant land as an ambassador. Stopping at a Viking village port to restock on supplies, he finds himself unwittingly embroiled in a quest to banish a mysterious threat in a distant Viking land.

25.
Miracle - Das Wunder von Lake Placid
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (43305 votes)
|
8.7 (230 reviews)

The true story of Herb Brooks, the player-turned-coach who led the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team to victory over the seemingly invincible Russian squad.

26.
The 12th Man - Kampf ums Überleben
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (12105 votes)
|
8.59 (84 reviews)

They were 12 saboteurs. The Nazis killed 11 of them. This is the true story of the one who got away...

27.
Anna and the King
148 min | 1999 |
6.7 (34171 votes)
|
7.89 (150 reviews)

The story of the romance between the King of Siam and widowed British schoolteacher, Anna Leonowens, during the 1860s.

28.
Joyeux Noel
116 min | 2005 |
7.8 (25629 votes)
|
8.98 (138 reviews)

In December 1914, an unofficial Christmas truce on the Western Front allows soldiers from opposing sides of the First World War to gain insight into each other's way of life.

29.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.3 (12514 votes)
|
8.47 (52 reviews)

When Queen Victoria's husband dies, she finds solace in her trusted servant, Mr. Brown, but their relationship also brings scandal and turmoil.

30.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.8 (33311 votes)
|
8.94 (188 reviews)

Outnumbered British soldiers do battle with Zulu warriors at Rorke's Drift.

31.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.9 (113189 votes)
|
9.04 (348 reviews)

Robert Gould Shaw leads the U.S. Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices from both his own Union Army, and the Confederates.

32.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10572 votes)
|
8.83 (46 reviews)

A Catholic Priest and an English teacher get stranded in a school in Kigali during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

33.
Z
127 min | 1969 |
8.2 (21308 votes)
|
9.33 (79 reviews)

Following the murder of a prominent leftist, an investigator tries to uncover the truth while government officials attempt to cover up their roles.

34.
Apollo 13
140 min | 1995 |
7.6 (245938 votes)
|
8.72 (280 reviews)

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

35.
Battle of Britain
132 min | 1969 |
7.0 (19074 votes)
|
8.11 (116 reviews)

In 1940, the British Royal Air Force fights a desperate battle to prevent the Luftwaffe from gaining air superiority over the English Channel as a prelude to a possible Axis invasion of the U.K.

36.
A Night to Remember
123 min | 1958 |
7.9 (12369 votes)
|
9.0 (119 reviews)

On its maiden voyage in April 1912, the supposedly unsinkable RMS Titanic hits an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean.

37.
Wuthering Heights
105 min | 1992 |
6.8 (11219 votes)
|
7.89 (75 reviews)

A man becomes obsessed with vengeance when his soul mate marries another man.

38.
The Crucible
124 min | 1996 |
6.8 (33159 votes)
|
7.89 (96 reviews)

A Salem resident attempts to frame her ex-lover's wife for being a witch in the middle of the 1692 witchcraft trials.

39.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (24226 votes)
|
8.07 (97 reviews)

From childhood to adulthood, Tibet's fourteenth Dalai Lama deals with Chinese oppression and other problems.

40.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (8787 votes)
|
8.46 (73 reviews)

The story of how the British attacked German dams in WWII by using an ingenious technique to drop bombs where they would be most effective.

41.
Eight Men Out
119 min | 1988 |
7.3 (17195 votes)
|
8.36 (73 reviews)

A dramatization of the Black Sox scandal when the underpaid Chicago White Sox accepted bribes to deliberately lose the 1919 World Series.

42.
War of the Arrows
122 min | 2011 |
7.2 (9919 votes)
|
8.25 (40 reviews)

A skilled Korean archer goes up against the mighty force of Mongols with the sole purpose of rescuing his kidnapped sister.

43.
Quiz Show
133 min | 1994 |
7.5 (60852 votes)
|
8.54 (141 reviews)

A young lawyer, Richard Goodwin, investigates a potentially fixed game show. Charles Van Doren, a big time show winner, is under Goodwin's investigation.

44.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (9643 votes)
|
8.73 (59 reviews)

In 1937, Japan occupied Nanjing, the Chinese capital. There was a battle and subsequent atrocities against the inhabitants, especially those who took refuge in the International Security Zone.

45.
Cry Freedom
157 min | 1987 |
7.5 (11583 votes)
|
8.51 (43 reviews)

South African journalist Donald Woods is forced to flee the country, after attempting to investigate the death in custody of his friend, the black activist Steve Biko.

46.
Gallipoli
110 min | 1981 |
7.5 (34039 votes)
|
8.51 (112 reviews)

Two Australian sprinters face the brutal realities of war when they are sent to fight in the Gallipoli campaign in Turkey during World War I.

47.
Frantz
113 min | 2016 |
7.5 (10623 votes)
|
8.49 (40 reviews)

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

48.
Macbeth
140 min | 1971 |
7.5 (11502 votes)
|
8.47 (97 reviews)

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord seizes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

49.
Tom Jones
129 min | 1963 |
6.6 (10423 votes)
|
7.55 (62 reviews)

The romantic and chivalrous adventures of adopted bastard Tom Jones in 18th century England.

50.
The Grey Zone
108 min | 2001 |
7.1 (9783 votes)
|
8.05 (67 reviews)

A Nazi doctor, along with the Sonderkommando, Jews who are forced to work in the crematoria of Auschwitz against their fellow Jews, find themselves in a moral grey zone.

Top 50 overrated history movies

01.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.3 (12057 votes)
|
3.01 (137 reviews)

96 hours before the World War II invasion of Normandy, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill struggles with his severe reservations with Operation Overlord and his increasingly marginalized role in the war effort.

02.
Mary Queen of Scots
124 min | 2018 |
6.3 (23960 votes)
|
3.57 (396 reviews)

Mary Stuart's attempt to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, finds her condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

03.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.6 (116427 votes)
|
5.39 (998 reviews)

In early 18th century England, a frail Queen Anne occupies the throne and her close friend, Lady Sarah, governs the country in her stead. When a new servant, Abigail, arrives, her charm endears her to Sarah.

04.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.6 (392568 votes)
|
5.5 (824 reviews)

During the Iraq War, a Sergeant recently assigned to an army bomb squad is put at odds with his squad mates due to his maverick way of handling his work.

05.
Dunkirk
106 min | 2017 |
7.9 (466998 votes)
|
5.82 (2028 reviews)

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, and France are surrounded by the German Army, and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

06.
Fetih 1453
162 min | 2012 |
7.1 (54747 votes)
|
5.15 (142 reviews)

After the death of his father Murat II, Mehmet II ascends to the Ottoman throne. After braving internal and external enemies, he decides to complete what he was destined to do - conquer Constantinople.

07.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (10464 votes)
|
3.89 (182 reviews)

Inspired by the true events of the 1976 hijacking of an Air France flight en route from Tel Aviv to Paris, and the most daring rescue mission ever attempted.

08.
Battle of the Bulge
167 min | 1965 |
6.8 (13410 votes)
|
4.96 (109 reviews)

A dramatization of Nazi Germany's final Western Front counterattack of World War II.

09.
The Zookeeper's Wife
127 min | 2017 |
7.0 (32079 votes)
|
5.33 (94 reviews)

The Zookeeper's Wife tells the account of keepers of the Warsaw Zoo, Antonina and Jan Zabinski, who helped save hundreds of people and animals during the German invasion.

10.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.4 (120260 votes)
|
5.8 (1158 reviews)

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

11.
The Patriot
165 min | 2000 |
7.2 (237670 votes)
|
5.6 (779 reviews)

Peaceful farmer Benjamin Martin is driven to lead the Colonial Militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son.

12.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (621657 votes)
|
6.46 (1321 reviews)

A frontiersman on a fur trading expedition in the 1820s fights for survival after being mauled by a bear and left for dead by members of his own hunting team.

13.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (97066 votes)
|
5.22 (248 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

14.
The Assassin
105 min | 2015 |
6.3 (14095 votes)
|
4.97 (107 reviews)

A female assassin receives a dangerous mission to kill a political leader in eighth-century China.

15.
Hotel Mumbai
123 min | 2018 |
7.7 (11341 votes)
|
6.39 (249 reviews)

The true story of the Taj Hotel terrorist attack in Mumbai. Hotel staff risk their lives to keep everyone safe as people make unthinkable sacrifices to protect themselves and their families.

16.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (92949 votes)
|
5.11 (615 reviews)

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and to the end of her reign as queen, and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

17.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (9823 votes)
|
6.37 (54 reviews)

A Pakistani submarine, Ghazi plans to secretly attack Vizag port. For doing so, it has to get past Indian submarine S21.

18.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (48919 votes)
|
5.37 (179 reviews)

Macbeth, the Thane of Glamis, receives a prophecy from a trio of witches that one day he will become King of Scotland. Consumed by ambition and spurred to action by his wife, Macbeth murders his king and takes the throne for himself.

19.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.9 (62010 votes)
|
5.73 (207 reviews)

A mature Queen Elizabeth endures multiple crises late in her reign including court intrigues, an assassination plot, the Spanish Armada, and romantic disappointments.

20.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (78645 votes)
|
5.54 (617 reviews)

The story of the English exploration of Virginia, and of the changing world and loves of Pocahontas.

21.
Pearl Harbor
183 min | 2001 |
6.1 (293152 votes)
|
4.95 (1431 reviews)

A tale of war and romance mixed in with history. The story follows two lifelong friends and a beautiful nurse who are caught up in the horror of an infamous Sunday morning in 1941.

22.
21
123 min | 2008 |
6.8 (213683 votes)
|
5.66 (274 reviews)

"21" is the fact-based story about six MIT students who were trained to become experts in card counting and subsequently took Vegas casinos for millions in winnings.

23.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (577550 votes)
|
6.97 (727 reviews)

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery.

24.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (136487 votes)
|
6.12 (488 reviews)

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

25.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (44395 votes)
|
5.23 (296 reviews)

A chronicle of the life and Presidency of George W. Bush.

26.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.5 (85893 votes)
|
6.44 (303 reviews)

The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.

27.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
128 min | 2016 |
5.2 (9460 votes)
|
4.15 (120 reviews)

During World War II, an American navy ship is sunk by a Japanese submarine leaving 890 crewmen stranded in shark infested waters.

28.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (22668 votes)
|
5.77 (167 reviews)

An exploration of the last quarter century of the great, if eccentric, British painter J.M.W. Turner's life.

29.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.5 (20979 votes)
|
5.49 (127 reviews)

A team of secret agents set out to track down the Nazi officer who masterminded the Holocaust.

30.
Midway
132 min | 1976 |
6.8 (15887 votes)
|
5.82 (92 reviews)

A dramatization of the battle that was widely heralded as a turning point of the Pacific Theatre of World War II.

31.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (117675 votes)
|
5.18 (348 reviews)

An unlikely World War II platoon is tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their owners.

32.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (224921 votes)
|
6.69 (493 reviews)

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

33.
Der Medicus
150 min | 2013 |
7.2 (32943 votes)
|
6.32 (96 reviews)

In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

34.
Kind 44
137 min | 2015 |
6.5 (59505 votes)
|
5.65 (235 reviews)

A disgraced member of the Russian military police investigates a series of child murders during the Stalin-era Soviet Union.

35.
12 Strong
130 min | 2018 |
6.6 (50250 votes)
|
5.84 (273 reviews)

12 Strong tells the story of the first Special Forces team deployed to Afghanistan after 9/11; under the leadership of a new captain, the team must work with an Afghan warlord to take down the Taliban.

36.
Vice
132 min | 2018 |
7.2 (73323 votes)
|
6.45 (616 reviews)

The story of Dick Cheney, an unassuming bureaucratic Washington insider, who quietly wielded immense power as Vice President to George W. Bush, reshaping the country and the globe in ways that we still feel today.

37.
Straight Outta Compton
147 min | 2015 |
7.9 (165377 votes)
|
7.17 (349 reviews)

The group NWA emerges from the mean streets of Compton in Los Angeles, California, in the mid-1980s and revolutionizes Hip Hop culture with their music and tales about life in the hood.

38.
Jackie
100 min | 2016 |
6.7 (66034 votes)
|
6.0 (272 reviews)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband's historic legacy.

39.
Defiance
137 min | 2008 |
7.2 (130203 votes)
|
6.53 (237 reviews)

Jewish brothers in Nazi-occupied Eastern Europe escape into the Belarussian forests, where they join Russian resistance fighters, and endeavor to build a village, in order to protect themselves and about one thousand Jewish non-combatants.

40.
The Post
116 min | 2017 |
7.2 (108122 votes)
|
6.6 (406 reviews)

A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country's first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

41.
Che: Part One
134 min | 2008 |
7.2 (42155 votes)
|
6.66 (68 reviews)

In 1956, Ernesto 'Che' Guevara and a band of Castro-led Cuban exiles mobilize an army to topple the regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

42.
Darkest Hour
125 min | 2017 |
7.4 (136663 votes)
|
6.87 (536 reviews)

In May 1940, the fate of Western Europe hangs on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean a humiliating defeat for Britain and its empire.

43.
Burke and Hare
91 min | 2010 |
6.2 (18434 votes)
|
5.68 (55 reviews)

A black comedy about two nineteenth century grave robbers, who find a lucrative business providing cadavers for an Edinburgh medical school.

44.
Detroit
143 min | 2017 |
7.4 (40343 votes)
|
6.89 (172 reviews)

Fact-based drama set during the 1967 Detroit riots in which a group of rogue police officers respond to a complaint with retribution rather than justice on their minds.

45.
The White Ribbon
144 min | 2009 |
7.8 (62815 votes)
|
7.29 (172 reviews)

Strange events happen in a small village in the north of Germany during the years before World War I, which seem to be ritual punishment. Who is responsible?

46.
Deepwater Horizon
107 min | 2016 |
7.1 (133378 votes)
|
6.6 (253 reviews)

A dramatization of the disaster in April 2010, when the offshore drilling rig called the Deepwater Horizon exploded, resulting in the worst oil spill in American history.

47.
Cold Mountain
154 min | 2003 |
7.2 (132248 votes)
|
6.72 (502 reviews)

In the waning days of the American Civil War, a wounded soldier embarks on a perilous journey back home to Cold Mountain, North Carolina to reunite with his sweetheart.

48.
Ayla: The Daughter of War
125 min | 2017 |
8.7 (26848 votes)
|
8.22 (40 reviews)

In 1950, amid-st the ravages of the Korean War, Sergeant Süleyman stumbles upon a half-frozen little girl, with no parents and no help in sight. Frantic, scared and on the verge of death, ...

49.
Serena
109 min | 2014 |
5.4 (24298 votes)
|
4.93 (83 reviews)

In Depression-era North Carolina, the future of George Pemberton's timber empire becomes complicated when he marries Serena.

50.
Braveheart
178 min | 1995 |
8.4 (892344 votes)
|
7.93 (972 reviews)

When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.