9 Historical War Movies You Must Have On Your Wish List

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9 Historical War Movies You Must Have On Your Wish List

After The Indian Historical War Fantasy Baahubali 2: The Conclusion’s unprecedented success not only in the domestic but the international market; the worldwide trend seems to be clear. It becomes very understandable that people like watching this particular genre of historical war movies around the world. 

It is not hard to decipher as to why this particular narrative works. It, after all, gives the audience an opportunity to get a know-how of everything that happened in a particular war. If the movie is not based on real facts, like 300 (some parts were not true and over-dramatized) and Baahubali, then it leaves the audience in awe of the directors’ imagination. 

Here are 9 best Historical war movies of all time:

Ben-Hur (2016)

The epic story of Judah Ben-Hur, a prince, falsely accused of treason by his adopted brother Messala, an officer in the Roman army. Stripped of his title, separated from his family and the woman he loves, Judah is forced into slavery. After years at sea, Judah returns to his homeland to seek revenge, but an encounter with Jesus leads him to the Crucifixion, where he discovers forgiveness and finds redemption.


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Hercules (2014)

Hercules is based on Radical Comics' Hercules by Steve Moore. This ensemble-action film is a revisionist take on the classic myth, HERCULES. The epic action film also stars Golden Globe Winner Ian McShane, Rufus Sewell, Joseph Fiennes, Peter Mullan and Academy Award nominee John Hurt alongside Dwayne Johnson.


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Prince Of Persia (2010)

Ubisoft's popular video-game series of the same name got adapted for the big screen in this sweeping fantasy adventure starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Gemma Arterton. With plucky princess Tamina (Gemma Arterton) by his side, Dastan (Gyllenhaal) prevents the Sands of Time from falling into the wrong hands.


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300 (2007)

King Leonidas of Sparta along with a force of 300 Spartans fight the Persians at Thermopylae in 480 BC. This movie was an excellent adaptation of a comic strip of the same name and became an instant hit upon its release. This masterpiece has a cult following even after a decade of its release.


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Troy (2004)

Based on Homer’s Epic Iliad, this movie tells us the story of a war-torn Greece. As the Greeks fall, they decided to head back home. King Priam decides to have one last battle with the Greeks to leave Troy for good. It was a night battle, so the Greeks didn't know, raining them down with flaming arrows and lighting huge balls of dry branches and rolling them down at the beach. It was a battle that Achilles wasn't in, but his cousin Patroclus pretended to be him by wearing his armor, his sword, his helmet, and his moves. Hector finally had a battle with Achilles not knowing it wasn't him. Patroclus was fast, but Hector was faster, causing him to cut Patroclus's neck and finishing him with a sword to the heart.


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Gladiator (2000)

When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor's corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.


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Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan, whose three brothers have been killed in combat. Surrounded by the brutal realties of war, while searching for Ryan, each man embarks upon a personal journey and discovers their strength to triumph over an uncertain future with honor, decency, and courage.


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Schindler’s List (1993)

This might sound like the most unconventional movie here; however, the fact that it was based on the proceedings of the Second World War puts it in the historical battle genre. The movie tells us the journey of a successful businessman Oscar Schindler and his quest to save the Jews working in his factory from the opposing Nazi forces. The film became a cult classic and is among the best movies of all time. Another of Spielberg’s movies, this film was deliberately shot in black and white to add to the illusion as it is based on the periods of the Second World War

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And the latest...

Baahubali 2: The Conclusion (2017) 

What can be said about this epic that hasn’t already been said? Director SS Rajamouli’s magnum opus, Baahubali 2: The Conclusion is the second installment of the Baahubali franchise. This movie that tells us the journey of Amarendra Baahubali and his dedication to his people and empire has shattered all box office records and is the highest grossing movie of Bollywood. It has become the highest grossing Indian film at the US Box Office with earnings over  USD 12.838,244.

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