Top 50 underrated history movies

01.
The Promise
133 min | 2016 |
5.9 (165075 votes)
|
9.31 (722 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 |
5.2 (8106 votes)
|
7.65 (33 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 (17545 votes)
|
9.02 (250 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 (9452 votes)
|
7.86 (53 reviews)

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

05.
The Dish - Verloren im Weltall
101 min | 2000 |
7.1 (14554 votes)
|
8.91 (147 reviews)

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

06.
Evita
135 min | 1996 |
6.3 (32504 votes)
|
8.06 (161 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.

07.
The Nativity Story
101 min | 2006 |
6.8 (9401 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 Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (13402 votes)
|
9.8 (30 reviews)

The story of a young revolutionary who raised an armed resistance against the British rule in India.

09.
Risen
107 min | 2016 |
6.3 (23197 votes)
|
7.98 (160 reviews)

In 33 AD, a Roman Tribune in Judea is tasked to find the missing body of Jesus Christ, who rose from the dead.

10.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (28693 votes)
|
9.36 (156 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.

11.
Cyrano von Bergerac
137 min | 1990 |
7.5 (21055 votes)
|
9.16 (69 reviews)

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

12.
Jesus Christ Superstar
106 min | 1973 |
7.4 (23539 votes)
|
9.02 (173 reviews)

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

13.
Hey Ram - Augenblicke der Zärtlichkeit
186 min | 2000 |
7.9 (10424 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.
Heimweg
89 min | 1999 |
7.8 (11803 votes)
|
9.37 (118 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.

15.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (18807 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.

16.
Machuca, mein Freund
121 min | 2004 |
7.8 (10219 votes)
|
9.29 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

17.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (11438 votes)
|
9.22 (85 reviews)

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

18.
Quest for Fire
100 min | 1981 |
7.3 (19388 votes)
|
8.68 (84 reviews)

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

19.
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.

20.
The Mission
125 min | 1986 |
7.4 (52297 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.

21.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14239 votes)
|
7.95 (82 reviews)

During the early sixteenth century, idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the Catholic Church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

22.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (33815 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.

23.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (38862 votes)
|
8.21 (103 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.

24.
Joyeux Noel
116 min | 2005 |
7.7 (25904 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.

25.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (41423 votes)
|
9.08 (145 reviews)

Two British former soldiers decide to set themselves up as Kings in Kafiristan, a land where no white man has set foot since Alexander the Great.

26.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (12655 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.

27.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
144 min | 1970 |
7.5 (29723 votes)
|
8.77 (127 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.

28.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (33731 votes)
|
8.95 (189 reviews)

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

29.
The 12th Man - Kampf ums Überleben
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (13796 votes)
|
8.65 (90 reviews)

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

30.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (114531 votes)
|
9.04 (351 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.

31.
Samurai der Dämmerung
129 min | 2002 |
8.1 (20827 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.

32.
The 13th Warrior
102 min | 1999 |
6.6 (111730 votes)
|
7.82 (412 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.

33.
Northmen - A Viking Saga
97 min | 2014 |
5.4 (8501 votes)
|
6.6 (42 reviews)

A band of Vikings cross enemy lines and a panicked race begins. The losers will pay with their lives.

34.
Miracle - Das Wunder von Lake Placid
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (43933 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.

35.
Anna and the King
148 min | 1999 |
6.7 (34455 votes)
|
7.89 (150 reviews)

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

36.
Eight Men Out
119 min | 1988 |
7.2 (17494 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.

37.
Fortress of War
138 min | 2010 |
7.5 (8200 votes)
|
8.63 (40 reviews)

A war drama set during the Nazi invasion of the Soviet Union in June 1941, in which Soviet troops held on to a border stronghold for nine days.

38.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10635 votes)
|
8.83 (46 reviews)

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

39.
Cry Freedom
157 min | 1987 |
7.4 (11737 votes)
|
8.52 (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.

40.
Apollo 13
140 min | 1995 |
7.6 (250544 votes)
|
8.72 (286 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.

41.
Battle of Britain
132 min | 1969 |
7.0 (19401 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.

42.
Gallipoli
110 min | 1981 |
7.4 (34513 votes)
|
8.5 (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.

43.
Wuthering Heights
105 min | 1992 |
6.8 (11405 votes)
|
7.9 (75 reviews)

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

44.
A Night to Remember
123 min | 1958 |
7.9 (12527 votes)
|
9.0 (121 reviews)

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

45.
Macbeth
140 min | 1971 |
7.4 (11718 votes)
|
8.48 (98 reviews)

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

46.
Geronimo: An American Legend
115 min | 1993 |
6.5 (8184 votes)
|
7.58 (41 reviews)

The story of the Apache chief and his armed resistance to the U.S. Government's subjugation of his people.

47.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (24532 votes)
|
8.07 (97 reviews)

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

48.
The Dam Busters
105 min | 1955 |
7.4 (8916 votes)
|
8.47 (73 reviews)

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

49.
The Crucible
124 min | 1996 |
6.8 (33539 votes)
|
7.86 (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.

50.
City of Life and Death
133 min | 2009 |
7.7 (9755 votes)
|
8.75 (60 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.

Top 50 overrated history movies

01.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.4 (12442 votes)
|
3.06 (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 (28721 votes)
|
3.52 (419 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 Third Half
113 min | 2012 |
7.8 (8000 votes)
|
5.38 (33 reviews)

Determined to build the best football club in the country, Dimitry hires the German coach, Rudolph Spitz, to galvanize his rag tag team but - when the first Nazi tanks roll through the city and Rebecca, the beautiful daughter of a local banker, elopes with his star player, all Dimitry's plans must change.

04.
The Favourite
119 min | 2018 |
7.6 (133225 votes)
|
5.33 (1033 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.

05.
The Hurt Locker
131 min | 2008 |
7.6 (398132 votes)
|
5.52 (831 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.

06.
Dunkirk
106 min | 2017 |
7.9 (483711 votes)
|
5.84 (2055 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.

07.
7 Days in Entebbe
107 min | 2018 |
5.8 (11215 votes)
|
3.89 (183 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 (13651 votes)
|
4.97 (112 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 (33349 votes)
|
5.35 (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.
The Patriot
165 min | 2000 |
7.2 (240741 votes)
|
5.61 (781 reviews)

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

11.
Fetih 1453
162 min | 2012 |
6.7 (55023 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.

12.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (638844 votes)
|
6.47 (1340 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.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (136583 votes)
|
5.78 (1191 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.

14.
Robin Hood
140 min | 2010 |
6.6 (242221 votes)
|
5.08 (546 reviews)

In 12th century England, Robin and his band of marauders confront corruption in a local village and lead an uprising against the crown that will forever alter the balance of world power.

15.
Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood
161 min | 2019 |
8.0 (214885 votes)
|
6.49 (2922 reviews)

A faded television actor and his stunt double strive to achieve fame and success in the film industry during the final years of Hollywood's Golden Age in 1969 Los Angeles.

16.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (98273 votes)
|
5.25 (250 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

17.
The Assassin
105 min | 2015 |
6.3 (14434 votes)
|
4.94 (108 reviews)

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

18.
Pearl Harbor
183 min | 2001 |
6.2 (296621 votes)
|
4.91 (1442 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.

19.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (94455 votes)
|
5.11 (616 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.

20.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (10257 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.

21.
Red Tails
125 min | 2012 |
5.9 (32091 votes)
|
4.67 (270 reviews)

A crew of African American pilots in the Tuskegee training program, having faced segregation while kept mostly on the ground during World War II, are called into duty under the guidance of Col. A.J. Bullard.

22.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (69035 votes)
|
5.4 (213 reviews)

A true-life drama, centering on British explorer Col. Percival Fawcett, who disappeared whilst searching for a mysterious city in the Amazon in the 1920s.

23.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (79299 votes)
|
5.55 (618 reviews)

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

24.
21
123 min | 2008 |
6.8 (216363 votes)
|
5.66 (275 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.

25.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (589008 votes)
|
6.97 (731 reviews)

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

26.
Hotel Mumbai
123 min | 2018 |
7.6 (32764 votes)
|
6.48 (293 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.

27.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (138391 votes)
|
6.11 (489 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.

28.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
128 min | 2016 |
5.2 (9845 votes)
|
4.11 (126 reviews)

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

29.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (49777 votes)
|
5.52 (181 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.

30.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (63208 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.

31.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (44782 votes)
|
5.23 (296 reviews)

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

32.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (23009 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.

33.
The Front Runner
113 min | 2018 |
6.1 (8276 votes)
|
5.14 (86 reviews)

In 1987, U.S. Senator Gary Hart's presidential campaign is derailed when he's caught in a scandalous love affair.

34.
Midway
132 min | 1976 |
6.8 (16216 votes)
|
5.87 (92 reviews)

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

35.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (86940 votes)
|
6.47 (305 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.

36.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (118950 votes)
|
5.19 (349 reviews)

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

37.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (228049 votes)
|
6.7 (494 reviews)

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

38.
Der Medicus
155 min | 2013 |
7.2 (33562 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.

39.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.5 (23451 votes)
|
5.63 (134 reviews)

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

40.
12 Strong
130 min | 2018 |
6.6 (53556 votes)
|
5.77 (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.

41.
Day of the Falcon
130 min | 2011 |
6.7 (10719 votes)
|
5.91 (37 reviews)

Set in the 1930s Arab states at the dawn of the oil boom, the story centers on a young Arab prince torn between allegiance to his conservative father and modern, liberal father-in-law.

42.
Child 44
137 min | 2015 |
6.5 (60753 votes)
|
5.71 (240 reviews)

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

43.
Straight Outta Compton
147 min | 2015 |
7.9 (167952 votes)
|
7.14 (351 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.

44.
Vice
132 min | 2018 |
7.2 (89438 votes)
|
6.47 (633 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.

45.
Jackie
100 min | 2016 |
6.7 (67425 votes)
|
6.0 (275 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.

46.
The Post
116 min | 2017 |
7.2 (112676 votes)
|
6.5 (408 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.

47.
Defiance
137 min | 2008 |
7.2 (131338 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.

48.
Across the Universe
133 min | 2007 |
7.3 (102538 votes)
|
6.69 (510 reviews)

The music of The Beatles and the Vietnam War form the backdrop for the romance between an upper-class American girl and a poor Liverpudlian artist.

49.
Flyboys
140 min | 2006 |
6.5 (39818 votes)
|
5.95 (242 reviews)

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

50.
Darkest Hour
125 min | 2017 |
7.4 (143511 votes)
|
6.86 (543 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.