7 Greatest Historical Movies of All Time

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Paths of Glory (1957)

Kirk Douglas headlined this Stanley Kubrick film about the trial of three soldiers and the defence their Commanding Officer mounts for them after a failed French offensive in World War I.

Harakiri (1962)

Masaki Kobayashi directed this story of a samurai in seventeenth-century Japan who sets out to seek aid in committing suicide, only to be made to recount just what has brought him to this point in his existence.

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Directed by David Lean, the film recounted the life of T.E. Lawrence during World War I, as he worked in Western Asia to help the Arab tribes take on the might of the Ottoman Empire.

The Battle of Algiers (1966)

Directed by Gillo Pontecorvo, the film narrates the Algerian struggle for freedom from France after over a century of being a colony, as well as the response by the French towards demands for Algerian independence.

Mirror (1975)

Andrei Tarkovsky's film revolved around the memories of a young poet headed for death, and how his thoughts take him back to the 1930s, a time of great strife in the USSR, followed by the war-riddled 40s, and the post-war machinations of the 50s.

Ran (1985)

Akira Kurosawa reimagined William Shakespeare's play King Lear as a story set in sixteenth-century Japan and dived into the gruesome story of betrayal, greed, and power with gusto.

Schindler's List (1993)

Steven Spielberg dramatised the rescue of Nazi concentration camp prisoners by a German industrialist in this film starring Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, and Ralph Fiennes, bringing the horrors of the Holocaust to the wider world as never done before.

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