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1. George Washington (1984)

480 min | Biography, Drama, History

The early life and career of the American General and President through his participation in the Revolutionary War.

Stars: Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, David Dukes, Jaclyn Smith

Votes: 443

2. George Washington II: The Forging of a Nation (1986 TV Movie)

190 min | Biography, Drama, History

The life of George Washington as the first President of the United States of America and his 8 years running his country. The trials he faces dealing with mobs and riots while keeping the country together.

Director: William A. Graham | Stars: Barry Bostwick, Patty Duke, Jeffrey Jones, Richard Bekins

Votes: 173

4. Joan of Arc (1900)

Not Rated | 10 min | Short, Drama, History

A divinely inspired peasant woman becomes an army captain for France and then is martyred after she is captured.

Director: Georges Méliès | Stars: Bleuette Bernon, Jeanne Calvière, Jehanne d'Alcy, Georges Méliès

Votes: 1,144

5. Animal Armageddon (2009– )

Documentary, Animation, History

This documentary series explores the causes behind six major extinction events in Earth's history. It also speculates on the next such event.

Stars: Peter Ward, Michael Carroll, Craig Chesner, Michael J. Benton

Votes: 193

6. English Nell (1900)

2 min | Short, Drama, History

Scene from the second act of The Prince of Wales Theatre production.

Directors: Charles Cartwright, William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Marie Tempest, Ben Webster, H.B. Warner, Frank Cooper

Votes: 8

7. Prehistoric Monsters Revealed (2008 TV Movie)

Documentary, History

While presenting various lesser-known prehistoric giant creatures, various paleontologists explain how fossil analysis works and how they can deduce characteristics, behavior and look of these long extinct animals.

Director: Sean Dash | Stars: Sankar Chatterjee, Mike Everhart, Joe Hannibal, Alexander Kaiser

Votes: 57

8. Nova (1974– )
Episode: Australia's First 4 Billion Years: Monsters (2013)

TV-G | 54 min | Documentary

Until recently there were very few known dinosaur fossils in Australia. But there are highways full of footprints which along with the recently found skeletal fossils tell uniquely ... See full summary »

Stars: David Elliott, Judy Elliott, Tim Flannery, Scott Hocknull

Votes: 66

9. Execution of Czolgosz with Panorama of Auburn Prison (1901)

4 min | Short, Drama, History

This early docudrama shows Auburn Prison and recreates the electrocution of Leon Czolgosz, the assassin of President McKinley of the United States. Some versions offer additional footage at... See full summary »

Director: Edwin S. Porter

Votes: 342

10. Bronze Age (2016)


The Bronze Age saw the rise of urban societies, vast trading empires and military might. How did this come about, and why did it end?

Star: Jamie Effros

Votes: 29

11. The Coronation of King Edward VII (1902)

Not Rated | 4 min | Short, History

A re-enactment using actors of the recent coronation of Britain's King Edward VII.

Directors: Georges Méliès, Charles Urban | Star: Paul Méliès

Votes: 341

12. Monsterquest (2007– )

TV-PG | 45 min | Documentary, History, Mystery

The series explores strange and unknown creatures that have been allegedly spotted by witnesses in various parts of the country and the world.

Stars: Stan Bernard, Dale Pearson, Peter Schmitz, Esteban Sarmiento

Votes: 1,003

13. City of Life and Death (2009)

R | 133 min | Drama, History, War

85 Metascore

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.

Director: Chuan Lu | Stars: Ye Liu, Wei Fan, Hideo Nakaizumi, Yuanyuan Gao

Votes: 10,761 | Gross: $0.12M

14. Louis XIV (1904)

Short, Drama, History

The king is dead. Long live the king. French people, as part of tradition, treated the heir to the throne with these words. When the words sounded in honor of Louis XIV, he was hardly 5 years old.

Director: Vincent Lorant-Heilbronn | Stars: Vincenzo Denizot, Gabriel Moreau, Camille Bardou

Votes: 12

15. Selma (2014)

PG-13 | 128 min | Biography, Drama, History

80 Metascore

A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.

Director: Ava DuVernay | Stars: David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Oprah Winfrey, Tom Wilkinson

Votes: 89,421 | Gross: $52.08M

16. San Francisco: Aftermath of Earthquake (1906)

1 min | Documentary, Short, History

Footage shot not long after the 1906 earthquake in San Francisco is edited together so that more than one scene and more than one vantage are included. We see fire raging. We see burned-out... See full summary »

Votes: 558

17. The San Francisco Earthquake (1906)

14 min | Documentary, Short, History

Footage of the devastation caused by the earthquake and fires that, in the words of Jack London, "completely destroyed" San Francisco on the morning of April 18th, 1906.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton

Votes: 67

18. The Story of the Kelly Gang (1906)

Not Rated | 70 min | Action, Adventure, Biography

True story of notorious Australian outlaw Ned Kelly (1855-80).

Director: Charles Tait | Stars: Elizabeth Tait, John Tait, Norman Campbell, Bella Cola

Votes: 701

19. Justinian's Human Torches (1907)

4 min | Short

Emperor Justinian is hosting a party, and, for the entertainment of his court, he has three victims of his choice tied to stakes, which are then set on fire.

Director: Georges Méliès

Votes: 146

20. Ruining History (2017– )

Comedy, History

A rotating panel of BuzzFeed's most inquisitive minds learn the ridiculously strange details of history's most iconic and unbelievable stories.

Stars: Ryan Bergara, Shane Madej, Sara Rubin, Kate Peterman

Votes: 320

21. Walking with Dinosaurs (1999)

TV-14 | 30 min | Documentary, Animation, History

Documentary-style series about the era of the dinosaurs, mixing real locations and CGI.

Stars: Nikolay Drozdov, Kenneth Branagh, Avery Brooks, André Dussollier

Votes: 5,805

22. Chased by Dinosaurs (2002–2003)

29 min | Documentary, Animation, History

This two-part series, a sequel to Walking with Dinosaurs featured Nigel and his "team of fellow explorers" encountering prehistoric life over a large range of time, and seeing creatures not featured in the original series.

Star: Nigel Marven

Votes: 734

24. Captain Molly, or the Battle of Monmouth (1908)

Short, History, War

The country writhing under the yoke of British subjection. The infant colonies, restless and fretful at the continual tyranny of the mother country, throw down the plow to take up the sword... See full summary »

25. The Universe (2007–2015)

45 min | Documentary, History

This educational show explores many scientific questions and topics about the universe (Big Bang, the Sun, the planets, black holes, other galaxies, astrobiology etc.) through latest CGI, data and interviews with scientists.

Stars: Erik Thompson, Alex Filippenko, Laura Danly, Clifford V. Johnson

Votes: 5,648

26. Antony and Cleopatra (1908)

Short, Drama, History

The story of the ill-fated love affair between Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, Charles Kent | Stars: Maurice Costello, Florence Lawrence, William V. Ranous, Charles Chapman

Votes: 25

27. Barbara Fritchie: The Story of a Patriotic American Woman (1908)

Short, Drama, History

Barbara Frietchie's defense of the American flag and the death of a Union soldier in battle bring a tribute from both sides.

Director: J. Stuart Blackton | Stars: Julia Arthur, Edith Storey, Earle Williams

28. Julius Caesar (I) (1908)

13 min | Short, Drama, History

Shakespeare's historical tragedy of the rise and fall of Julius Caesar, told in fifteen scenes.

Directors: J. Stuart Blackton, William V. Ranous | Stars: Charles Kent, William Shea, Maurice Costello, William V. Ranous

Votes: 55

29. The Boston Tea Party (1908)

Short, Drama, History

Great historic picture of The Tea Party in Boston Harbor, 1773.

Director: Edwin S. Porter | Stars: Charles Ogle, Herbert Prior

Votes: 21

30. The Martyrdom of Thomas A Becket (1908)

Short, Drama, History

The King has the archbishop murdered, then repents.

Director: Percy Stow

31. The Assassination of the Duke de Guise (1908)

15 min | Short, History, Drama

France, at the end of the sixteenth century. Henry III decided to eliminate his rival, the Duke of Guise, and, therefore, calls him in the castle of Blois. The mistress of the duke, warned ... See full summary »

Directors: André Calmettes, Charles Le Bargy | Stars: Charles Le Bargy, Albert Lambert, Gabrielle Robinne, Berthe Bovy

Votes: 656

32. A Duel Under Richelieu (1908)

Short, Drama, History

This beautiful and historic picture depicts an incident which took place in Paris when Cardinal Richelieu was in power, and when dueling was considered a capital offense. In the opening ... See full summary »

Director: André Calmettes | Star: Henry Krauss

34. Zeitgeist (2007 Video)

Not Rated | 118 min | Documentary, History

Mythology and belief in society today, presenting uncommon perspectives of common cultural issues.

Director: Peter Joseph | Stars: Chogyam Trungpa, Jordan Maxwell, George Carlin, Bill Hicks

Votes: 49,055

35. Charlotte Corday (1908)

Short, Drama, History

The scene of this beautifully colored film is laid in that period of the French Revolution, showing the tragic ending of Charlotte Corday, who, through her iron nerve, planned to rid France... See full summary »

Director: Georges Denola

Votes: 7

38. Count Ugolini (1908)

8 min | Short, Drama, History

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Director: Giuseppe de Liguoro | Star: Giuseppe de Liguoro

Votes: 29

39. Stenka Razin (1908)

10 min | Short, History

The first Russian narrative film.

Director: Vladimir Romashkov | Star: Yevgeny Petrov-Krayevsky

Votes: 343

40. Joe's Violin (2016)

24 min | Documentary, Short, History

A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and unexpectedly, his own.

Director: Kahane Cooperman | Stars: Kathleen Drohan, Joseph Feingold, Regina Feingold, Ame Gilbert

Votes: 732

41. The Sealed Room (1909)

Not Rated | 11 min | Short, Drama, History

A king exacts vengeance upon his faithless mistress and her lover.

Director: D.W. Griffith | Stars: Arthur V. Johnson, Marion Leonard, Henry B. Walthall, Linda Arvidson

Votes: 824

42. McMillions (2020)

TV-14 | 344 min | Documentary, Crime, History

A detailed account of the McDonald's Monopoly game scam during the 1990s as told by the participants in the case, including the prizewinners and the FBI agents involved.

Stars: Chris Graham, Doug Mathews, Amy Murray, Janet Pellicciotti

Votes: 6,852

43. Hamilton (2020)

PG-13 | 160 min | Biography, Drama, History

90 Metascore

The real life of one of America's foremost founding fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton. Captured live on Broadway from the Richard Rodgers Theater with the original Broadway cast.

Director: Thomas Kail | Stars: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo, Leslie Odom Jr., Renée Elise Goldsberry

Votes: 74,999

44. Santos Dumont Explaining His Air Ship to the Hon. C.S. Rolls (1901)

1 min | Short, History

A short documentary registering the meeting between two aviation pioneers: the Brazilian Santos Dumont and the Briton Charles Rolls. In it, Dumont presents his ideas for a future balloon, ... See full summary »

Director: William K.L. Dickson | Stars: Alberto Santos Dumont, Charles Stewart Rolls

Votes: 7

45. Into the Arms of Strangers: Stories of the Kindertransport (2000)

PG | 122 min | Documentary, History, War

79 Metascore

The secret smuggling of 9,300 Jewish children out of Nazi Germany in the late 1930s.

Director: Mark Jonathan Harris | Stars: Judi Dench, Lory Cahn, Kurt Fuchel, Eva Hayman

Votes: 1,731 | Gross: $0.37M