Best new Historical movies, True stories & Biopics (2017) - Top Netflix & Cinema



History is in the first place something that we should learn from, so not to make the same mistakes twice. Apparently we are incapable of doing that, but at the very least these movies can make us understand that we are indeed making the same mistake twice. But history cinema should not only about learning lessons. We love historical movies that don't always take it to seriously, and and creatively add new meaning to old stories. We also use this section to focus on movies that are based on true stories, and on the always interesting (but sometimes terribly cliche) biopics.
The Vore's Film staff selects the top best historical movies of 2017 in cinema, DVD and Netflix. Are Justin Kurzel, Jocelyn Moorhouse & Ron Howard our new historical genre directors? The main focus is on international art house & American and British indie cinema.

I also want to take a little moment to address historical biographical movies, even the ones about modern history ones like Steve Jobs or Dallas Buyers Clubs, as we have listed quite a few below. Nobody ever seems to get bored of biopics as it’s still a typical genre that does well at the Oscars, and also sells a lot of movie tickets. From a more artistic perspective the biopic is a tricky genre. Telling the story of a person's life in 90 minutes is bound to become superficial and even dangerous at times when certain less applaudable aspects of controversial figures takes a backseat. A distorted image of someone may be the result. On the other hand, biopics that wish to stay true to real evens might become uninspiring and boring. We are quite glad about a new trend that is becoming the norm in biopic filmmaking - instead of telling a life story, filmmakers zoom in on a specific period of time or event (it could even be a couple of hours), and leave it at that. The Steve Jobs film from 2015 is a great example.

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Best historical movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017 & 2016

2010's best rated historical movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon).

    Mr. Turner (Monday October 13, 2014)

    Mr. Turner film poster Director
    Mike Leigh
    Cast
    Timothy Spall
    Paul Jesson
    Dorothy Atkinson
    Mr. Turner Trailer

    The film offers a dramatized overview of the last quarter of the life of a very famous, even though sometimes considered a tad...Read more
    68%

    Steve Jobs (Friday October 23, 2015)

    Steve Jobs film poster Director
    Danny Boyle
    Cast
    Michael Fassbender
    Kate Winslet
    Seth Rogen
    Steve Jobs Trailer

    It is the story of a man who is one of the most prominent cogs in the modern digital revolution 'Steve Jobs;' it offers...Read more
    72%

    Trumbo (Monday November 16, 2015)

    Trumbo film poster Director
    Jay Roach
    Cast
    Bryan Cranston
    Diane Lane
    Helen Mirren
    Trumbo Trailer

    The story depicts the post war era in America where famous Hollywood script writer Dalton Trumbo is blacklisted and even put...Read more
    76%

    Darkest Hour (Thursday December 29, 2016)

    Darkest Hour film poster Director
    Joe Wright
    Cast
    Lily James
    John Hurt
    Gary Oldman

    The late John Hurt swan song appears to be Darkest Hour, a high-profile biopic about Winston Churchill. ....Read more
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    The Better Angels (Monday November 17, 2014)

    The Better Angels film poster Director
    A.J. Edwards
    Cast
    Jason Clarke
    Diane Kruger
    Brit Marling
    The Better Angels Trailer

    The film delves into the difficult childhood of Abraham Lincoln, showcasing the harsh environment of Indiana, the hazards and...Read more
    6.1%

    A Field in England (Friday July 5, 2013)

    A Field in England film poster Director
    Ben Wheatley
    Cast
    Julian Barratt
    Peter Ferdinando
    Richard Glover
    A Field in England Trailer

    Few deserters flee the battle field during the civil war in 17th century England; there path goes through an overgrown field where...Read more
    6.3%

    Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (Wednesday August 14, 2013)

    Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas film poster Director
    Arnaud des Pallières
    Cast
    Mads Mikkelsen
    Mélusine Mayance
    Delphine Chuillot
    Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas Trailer

    The story draws back to the 16th century where a horse dealer lives peacefully at his place but when he is treated in an unjust...Read more
    6.2%

    Jackie (Friday December 2, 2016)

    Jackie film poster Director
    Pablo Larraín
    Cast
    Natalie Portman
    Peter Sarsgaard
    Greta Gerwig
    Jackie Trailer

    Chilean director Pablo Larraín produced two striking biopics this year. The darkly comic fllm noir about Nobel Prize winning poet Neruda and this remarkable film about Jacky Kennedy. 'Jackie' isn't the average biopic; instead, Larraín opts for a mesmerizing, dreamy style an focusses on a few pivotal days in her life....Read more
    7.0%

    The Founder (Wednesday December 7, 2016)

    The Founder film poster Director
    John Lee Hancock
    Cast
    Michael Keaton
    Nick Offerman
    John Carroll Lynch
    The Founder Trailer

    'The Founder' is yet another proof of Michael Keaton's wonderful resurrection. In this wonderfully wry and funny biopic, he plays Ray Croc, a door to door salesman who didn't really found McDonalds. but was responsible for its succes anyway. ...Read more
    7.2%

    Ida (Wednesday February 12, 2014)

    Ida film poster Director
    Pawel Pawlikowski
    Cast
    Agata Kulesza
    Agata Trzebuchowska
    Dawid Ogrodnik
    Ida Trailer

    The story dates back to 1960; a nun is at the verge of taking her oath when she comes to know about a dark secret about her family...Read more
    7.4%