Oscar winner Daniel Day-Lewis as President Abraham Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.
Today we decided to take a look at some of the more accurate historical films ever seen on the big screen. Historical accuracy tends to be one of the staples of a great period picture, and God knows there’s plenty of historically inaccurate movies out there. So check out our list here on MADE of most historically accurate films and be sure to scratch some off your list if you haven’t seen any of the selections. You might even learn a thing or two in the process!
1. Lincoln (2012)
Director Steven Spielberg‘s portrayal of President Lincoln’s campaign to abolish slavery has been praised by historians and film critics alike for its natural, realistic, and fact-based story telling.
2. Milk (2008)
Milk follows the life of gay rights activist Harvey Milk, the first openly-gay elected official in California.
3. 12 Years A Slave (2013)
Based on Solomon Northup‘s novel about his experience as a free man in the North who was abducted and sold into slavery, 12 Years A Slave went on to win three Oscars at the 2013 Academy Awards, with another six nominations.
4. Das Boot (1981)
Das Boot tells the tale of a crew of soldiers in a German U-boat in World War II, and the horrors of claustrophobia and boredom as they peruse the depths of the sea.
5. A Night To Remember (1958)
A Night To Remember is said to be the most accurate portrayal of the sinking of the Titanic, save for the fact that no one seemed to know the ship had split in two until the wreckage was discovered in 1985.
6. The Longest Day (1962)
This is the iconic telling of the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944. The film tells the tale of the event from the perspectives of both the Allied and German soldiers.
7. The Great Escape (1963)
Another fact-based World War II epic, this one tells the tale of a group of Allied soldiers in a Nazi POW camp, who famously tunneled out from underneath the prison in one of the biggest prison breaks in history.
8. Apollo 13 (1995)
Ron Howard is said to have spent extensive amounts of time during pre-production researching the factual history behind the Apollo 13 mission. The film is based on the novel penned by the mission’s commander Jim Lovell.
9. Come and See (1985)
Come and See follows a young man who joins the Soviet Resistance against the Nazi invasion during World War II.
10. Schindler’s List (1993)
Steven Spielberg makes the list again with Schindler’s List, the mostly true (except that he never actually wrote a list) about Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who sought to protect his Jewish employees when he discovered the danger of the Nazi Regime.