Historical Film Timeline
1193 BC Troy
Battle of Troy
480 BCE The 300 Spartans
First Battle of Thermopylae
336 BC Alexander
Biopic of Alexander the Great
Macedonia to India
73-71 BCE Spartacus
Thracian gladiator leads a slave revolt against Rome
69 BC to 30 BC Cleopatra
Biopic of Queen Cleopatra VII
44 BC Julius Ceasar
Assassination of Ceasar
33 AD Passion of the Christ
Crucifixion of Christ
1183 The Lion in Winter
King Henry II refuses to name a successor
c 1300 – 1305 Braveheart
biopic of Sir William Wallace (note: not the most historically accurate film ever)
Scotland and England
1415 Henry V
British victory over the French at Agincourt
1429 – 1431 The Messenger
Joan of Arc biopic
1492 1492: Conquest of Paradise
Columbus' discovery of America
1527-1536 Anne of a Thousand Days
The affair, marriage, trial and execution of Anne Boleyn by King Henry VIII,
1528 Cabeza de Vaca
Explorerer Cabeza de Vaca discovers the ancient tribe Iguase.
Across Central America (Florida to Texas)
1554 Lady Jane
The 9 day reign of Lady Jane Grey
1557 - 1603 Elizabeth
Rise to power of Queen Elizabeth 1 of England
1607 The New World
Establishment of the Jamestown Settlement, Virginia
1634 Black Robe
Jesuit priest, Father Laforgue and his fellow French companion, travel through the wilderness of New France (Canada) by the Algonkian tribe members in order to find a distant Huron Jesuit mission.
English civil war
1757 The Last of the Mohicans
French and Indian War: Siege of Fort William Henry
Birth of a nation
1789 Mutiny on the Bounty
Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny against the tyrrannical Capt. Bligh aboard the HMS Bounty
English folks on the High Seas
1799-1802 Master and Commander
the Napoleonic Wars
Setting: off the coast of S America, concerning British and French naval forces
1836 The Alamo
Based on the 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.
San Antonio, Texas
Slave revolt on the Amistad
1858 Mountains of the Moon
Captain Richard Francis Burton's and Lt. John Hanning Speke find the source of the Nile
American Civil War
1861 Mrs Brown
Friendship of Queen Victoria and John Brown
The battle at Gettysburg, The American Civil War
Battle for Rorke's Drift
Over a hundred British soldiers outnumbered by 4,000 Zulu warriors
Isandhlwana, South Africa
Gen. 'Chinese' Charles Gordon takes on the Madhist revolt in the Sudan.
1892 Heaven's Gate
Johnson County War in Wyoming.
1900 Picnic at Hanging Rock
Mysterious disappearance of several students and a teacher from Appleyard College
1905 Battleship Potemkin
An uprising on board a battleship during the revolution in 1905 (which failed).
1906 - 1967 The Last Emperor
Biopic of Pu Yi
A radical American journalist becomes involved with the Communist revolution in Russia and hopes to bring its spirit and idealism to the United States.
1912 A Night to Remember
The Titanic story, based on a documentary novel - just the facts, ma'am.
The Atlantic Ocean
1915 (cirka)-1948 Ghandi
Founding of the Indian nationalist movement.
1916-24 Michael Collins
(1996, Neil Jordan)
Ireland's struggle as told through the eyes of an idealistic rebel.
1916 – 1935 Lawrence of Arabia
biopic of T.E. Lawrence
England and Arabia
1919 Eight Men Out
The "Black Sox Incident" where some Chicago White Sox players conspired to lose the World Series.
Coal mine workers attempts to unionize leads to violence.
Based on the story of Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald, mad opera-loving irish rubber baron, who pulls steamboat over South American mountain.
1920’s The Untouchables
Federal Agent Elliot Ness sets out to take out Al Capone
Cleveland, Ohio and Chicago, Illinois
1931 Ådalen '31
The military shoots demonstrating strikers
1934 Triumph of the Will
Leni Riefenstahl's propaganda film of the NSDAP's Sixth Nuremberg Party Congress.
1936 Olympia, parts I and II
Riefenstahl's documentary of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games.
1936 Land and Freedom
Communists fighting in facist Spain
Biopic? of an inspiring, undersized racehorse
The battle of Stalingrad, the bloodiest battle of WWII
The Soviet Union
1943 The Dam Busters
how the British attacked German dams in WW2 with "bouncing bombs"
1943-1944 Schindler's List
1944 The Longest Day
The story of D-Day, the invasion of Normandy, WWII
France and Great Britain
1945 Der Untergang
Hitler and the fall of the 3rd Reich
1948 Judgment at Nuremberg
War crimes trial following WW2
1954 Good Night and Good Luck
Broadcast journalist Edward R. Murrow looks to bring down Senator Joseph McCarthy
The Starkweather/Fugate murders (fictionalized, but based on real cases)
c 1958 - 1962 The Right Stuff
NASA's Mercury 7 program of the late 1950s and early '60s, the first American astronauts.
1962 Thirteen Days
The Cuba crisis
USA, Cuba, The Soviet Union
The John F. Kennedy assasination, the aftermath and Jim Garrison's hunt for the responsible ones
1963 Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination
The home movie footage that caught the assassination of the American President, John F. Kennedy.
1965 Malcolm X
Biopic of Malcolm X
1970 Apollo 13
"Houston, we have a problem..."
USA & Space
1972 Bloody Sunday
The murder of 13 people by the British Army during a Civil Rights march.
1972-1974 All the President's Men
The Watergate scandal
1973 Harlan County, U.S.A.
Documentary about a coal miners strike turned violent and ugly
1974-1977 The Falcon and the Snowman
The story of how two young americans became spies for the Soviet Union.
USA & Mexico
1975-1979 The Killing Fields
The horror of the Khmer Rouge regime seen through the eyes of war correspondents Dith Pran and Sydney Schanberg
1993 No Man's Land
Three soldiers, two bosnians and one serb, caught together in a trench and having to deal with each other during the war in ex-Yugoslavia.
1994 The Insider
The story of former Vice President of Research for Brown & Williamson Tobacco, Jeffrey Wigand, who became a "whistle blower".
1994 Hotel Rwanda
The bomb attack in Omaugh, Ireland which killed 29 innocents and two unborn children. The single most devastating day in the modern troubles.