Top 50 underrated history movies

01.
The Promise
133 min | 2016 |
5.9 (165340 votes)
|
9.31 (724 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.
Young Einstein
91 min | 1988 |
5.2 (8131 votes)
|
7.72 (34 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 (17677 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 (9503 votes)
|
7.86 (53 reviews)

Two female friends become sexual rivals at maturity.

05.
The Dish
101 min | 2000 |
7.1 (14625 votes)
|
8.91 (146 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 (32610 votes)
|
8.05 (162 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 (9435 votes)
|
8.52 (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.
Risen
107 min | 2016 |
6.3 (23300 votes)
|
8.01 (164 reviews)

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

09.
The Legend of Bhagat Singh
155 min | 2002 |
8.1 (13486 votes)
|
9.8 (30 reviews)

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

10.
A Man for All Seasons
120 min | 1966 |
7.7 (28878 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 de Bergerac
137 min | 1990 |
7.5 (21172 votes)
|
9.13 (70 reviews)

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

12.
Jesus Christ Superstar
106 min | 1973 |
7.4 (23642 votes)
|
9.02 (174 reviews)

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

13.
Machuca, mein Freund
121 min | 2004 |
7.7 (10421 votes)
|
9.28 (40 reviews)

Two boys observe a political coup in their native Chile.

14.
The Alamo
137 min | 2004 |
6.0 (18884 votes)
|
7.57 (231 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.

15.
Heimweg
89 min | 1999 |
7.8 (11845 votes)
|
9.37 (119 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.

16.
Hey Ram - Augenblicke der Zärtlichkeit
186 min | 2000 |
7.9 (10570 votes)
|
9.43 (48 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.

17.
Breaker Morant
107 min | 1980 |
7.8 (11482 votes)
|
9.21 (86 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 (19497 votes)
|
8.69 (87 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 (10486 votes)
|
8.58 (75 reviews)

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

20.
Luther
123 min | 2003 |
6.6 (14289 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.

21.
The Mission
125 min | 1986 |
7.4 (52603 votes)
|
8.73 (170 reviews)

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

22.
Rob Roy
139 min | 1995 |
6.9 (38986 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.

23.
Aftershock
135 min | 2010 |
7.6 (8330 votes)
|
8.9 (39 reviews)

The epic story of a family separated as a result of the Great Tangshan Earthquake of 1976.

24.
The Man Who Would Be King
129 min | 1975 |
7.8 (41652 votes)
|
9.09 (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.

25.
Joyeux Noel
116 min | 2005 |
7.7 (26073 votes)
|
8.99 (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.

26.
The Libertine
114 min | 2004 |
6.3 (33882 votes)
|
7.59 (238 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.

27.
Tora! Tora! Tora!
144 min | 1970 |
7.5 (29943 votes)
|
8.78 (127 reviews)

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

28.
Mrs Brown
101 min | 1997 |
7.2 (12715 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.

29.
Samurai der Dämmerung
129 min | 2002 |
8.1 (20944 votes)
|
9.35 (89 reviews)

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

30.
Kundun
134 min | 1997 |
7.0 (24748 votes)
|
8.25 (99 reviews)

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

31.
Northmen - A Viking Saga
97 min | 2014 |
5.4 (8554 votes)
|
6.64 (42 reviews)

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

32.
Glory
122 min | 1989 |
7.8 (114953 votes)
|
9.04 (350 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.

33.
Zulu
138 min | 1964 |
7.7 (33901 votes)
|
8.94 (189 reviews)

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

34.
The 13th Warrior
102 min | 1999 |
6.6 (112167 votes)
|
7.83 (416 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.

35.
Salyut-7
111 min | 2017 |
7.2 (8123 votes)
|
8.43 (54 reviews)

USSR, June 1985. Based on actual events. After contact with the Salyut 7 space station is lost, cosmonauts Vladimir Dzhanibekov and Viktor Savinykh dock with the empty, frozen craft, and bring her back to life.

36.
Miracle
135 min | 2004 |
7.5 (44284 votes)
|
8.7 (231 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 Soviet squad.

37.
Anna and the King
148 min | 1999 |
6.7 (34548 votes)
|
7.89 (150 reviews)

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

38.
The 12th Man
135 min | 2017 |
7.4 (14288 votes)
|
8.58 (95 reviews)

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

39.
Eight Men Out
119 min | 1988 |
7.2 (17600 votes)
|
8.35 (74 reviews)

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

40.
Gallipoli
110 min | 1981 |
7.4 (34695 votes)
|
8.53 (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.

41.
Fortress of War
138 min | 2010 |
7.5 (8263 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.

42.
Beyond the Gates
115 min | 2005 |
7.7 (10670 votes)
|
8.83 (46 reviews)

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

43.
Geronimo: An American Legend
115 min | 1993 |
6.5 (8257 votes)
|
7.62 (41 reviews)

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

44.
Cry Freedom
157 min | 1987 |
7.4 (11784 votes)
|
8.52 (43 reviews)

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

45.
Apollo 13
140 min | 1995 |
7.6 (251903 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.

46.
Battle of Britain
132 min | 1969 |
7.0 (19520 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.

47.
Macbeth
140 min | 1971 |
7.4 (11795 votes)
|
8.51 (98 reviews)

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

48.
Wuthering Heights
105 min | 1992 |
6.8 (11477 votes)
|
7.9 (75 reviews)

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

49.
A Night to Remember
123 min | 1958 |
7.9 (12618 votes)
|
9.0 (122 reviews)

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

50.
The Bounty
108 min | 1984 |
7.0 (22572 votes)
|
8.06 (76 reviews)

Fed up with their Captain's harsh discipline, a sailing ship's crew decides to take action.

Top 50 overrated history movies

01.
Churchill
105 min | 2017 |
6.4 (12590 votes)
|
3.02 (141 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 (30055 votes)
|
3.5 (435 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 (8010 votes)
|
5.39 (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 (138007 votes)
|
5.37 (1056 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 (400169 votes)
|
5.53 (835 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 (489413 votes)
|
5.83 (2088 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 (11451 votes)
|
3.76 (186 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 (13742 votes)
|
5.0 (113 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 (33696 votes)
|
5.36 (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.
Fetih 1453
162 min | 2012 |
6.7 (55160 votes)
|
5.08 (145 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.

11.
The Patriot
165 min | 2000 |
7.2 (242087 votes)
|
5.59 (784 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.
First Man
141 min | 2018 |
7.3 (140348 votes)
|
5.77 (1203 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.

13.
The Revenant
156 min | 2015 |
8.0 (645477 votes)
|
6.49 (1359 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.

14.
Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood
161 min | 2019 |
7.9 (261625 votes)
|
6.39 (3358 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.

15.
Robin Hood
140 min | 2010 |
6.6 (243489 votes)
|
5.09 (557 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.

16.
The Ghazi Attack
116 min | 2017 |
7.6 (10380 votes)
|
6.12 (54 reviews)

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

17.
The Other Boleyn Girl
115 min | 2008 |
6.7 (98674 votes)
|
5.25 (250 reviews)

Two sisters contend for the affection of King Henry VIII.

18.
The Assassin
105 min | 2015 |
6.3 (14479 votes)
|
4.93 (109 reviews)

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

19.
Marie Antoinette
123 min | 2006 |
6.4 (94945 votes)
|
5.12 (619 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.
Pearl Harbor
183 min | 2001 |
6.2 (298100 votes)
|
4.94 (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.

21.
Hotel Mumbai
123 min | 2018 |
7.6 (36186 votes)
|
6.36 (322 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.

22.
Red Tails
125 min | 2012 |
5.9 (32201 votes)
|
4.66 (264 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.

23.
The Lost City of Z
141 min | 2016 |
6.6 (69814 votes)
|
5.42 (216 reviews)

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

24.
21
123 min | 2008 |
6.8 (217439 votes)
|
5.64 (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.
Macbeth
113 min | 2015 |
6.6 (50088 votes)
|
5.47 (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.

26.
The New World
135 min | 2005 |
6.7 (79613 votes)
|
5.57 (620 reviews)

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

27.
Elizabeth: The Golden Age
114 min | 2007 |
6.8 (63571 votes)
|
5.7 (208 reviews)

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

28.
USS Indianapolis: Men of Courage
128 min | 2016 |
5.2 (10068 votes)
|
4.13 (131 reviews)

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

29.
W.
129 min | 2008 |
6.3 (44889 votes)
|
5.24 (298 reviews)

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

30.
12 Years a Slave
134 min | 2013 |
8.1 (593478 votes)
|
7.05 (769 reviews)

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

31.
War Horse
146 min | 2011 |
7.2 (139230 votes)
|
6.15 (493 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.

32.
Mr. Turner
150 min | 2014 |
6.8 (23150 votes)
|
5.84 (168 reviews)

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

33.
The Physician
155 min | 2013 |
7.2 (33864 votes)
|
6.25 (101 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.
Elizabeth
124 min | 1998 |
7.4 (87514 votes)
|
6.48 (306 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.

35.
The Monuments Men
118 min | 2014 |
6.1 (119406 votes)
|
5.19 (351 reviews)

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

36.
12 Strong
130 min | 2018 |
6.6 (54603 votes)
|
5.72 (279 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.

37.
Enemy at the Gates
131 min | 2001 |
7.6 (229281 votes)
|
6.75 (499 reviews)

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

38.
Midway
132 min | 1976 |
6.8 (16537 votes)
|
5.96 (93 reviews)

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

39.
Operation Finale
122 min | 2018 |
6.5 (24345 votes)
|
5.68 (138 reviews)

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

40.
Day of the Falcon
130 min | 2011 |
6.7 (10763 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.

41.
Child 44
137 min | 2015 |
6.5 (61303 votes)
|
5.72 (242 reviews)

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

42.
Vice
132 min | 2018 |
7.2 (93990 votes)
|
6.44 (643 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.

43.
The Front Runner
113 min | 2018 |
6.1 (8783 votes)
|
5.36 (90 reviews)

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

44.
Straight Outta Compton
147 min | 2015 |
7.9 (168931 votes)
|
7.17 (353 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.

45.
Jackie
100 min | 2016 |
6.7 (67900 votes)
|
6.02 (276 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 (114619 votes)
|
6.53 (412 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 (131813 votes)
|
6.55 (238 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 (102856 votes)
|
6.69 (509 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 (39959 votes)
|
5.97 (243 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 (146737 votes)
|
6.88 (547 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.