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 or on DVD or Netfix. Are Justin Kurzel, Jocelyn Moorhouse & Ron Howard our new historical genre directors?

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.

historical movies2017
Popular actors Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki & Marion Cotillard
Trending moviesMacbeth, The Dressmaker & Ida

2017 anticipated releases to watch

Best historical movies on Netflix or DVD in 2017

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

  1. Jackie (02-12-2016, 100 minutes)
  2. 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.
    StarringNatalie Portman, Peter Sarsgaard & Greta Gerwig
    DirectorPablo Larraín (NO & El Club)
    Themesmurder, widowhood, biographical, political,
    CountryChile United States
    Keywordsdreamlike, gripping,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  3. The Founder (07-12-2016, 115 minutes)
  4. '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.
    StarringMichael Keaton, Nick Offerman & John Carroll Lynch |
    DirectorJohn Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks )
    Themesbetrayal, career, biographical, comedy,
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsentertaining, insightful,
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  5. Ida (12-02-2014, 82 minutes)
    StarringAgata Kulesza, Agata Trzebuchowska & Dawid Ogrodnik
    DirectorPawel Pawlikowski (My Summer of Love, Last Resort & The Woman in the Fifth )
    CountryDenmark France Poland United Kingdom
    Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix

  7. The Better Angels (07-11-2014, 95 minutes)
    StarringJason Clarke, Diane Kruger & Brit Marling
    DirectorA.J. Edwards (The New World, Knight of Cups & To the Wonder)
    CountryUnited States
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  9. A Field in England (05-07-2013, 90 minutes)
    StarringJulian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando & Richard Glover
    DirectorBen Wheatley (Kill List, Sightseers & Down Terrace )
    CountryUnited Kingdom
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  11. Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas (14-08-2013, 122 minutes)
    Starring Mads Mikkelsen, Mélusine Mayance & Delphine Chuillot
    DirectorArnaud des Pallières (Drancy Avenir, Adieu & Parc )
    CountryFrance Germany
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  13. Steve Jobs (23-10-2015, 122 minutes)
    StarringMichael Fassbender, Kate Winslet & Seth Rogen
    DirectorDanny Boyle (Slumdog Millionaire, Trainspotting & 127 Hours)
    CountryUnited States
    Keywordsaccurate, authentic,
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  15. Trumbo (06-11-2015, 124 minutes)
  16. StarringDiane Lane, Bryan Cranston & Elle Fanning
    DirectorJay Roach (Meet The Parents, Meet the Fockers & Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me)
    CountryUnited States
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  17. Mr. Turner (31-10-2014, 144 minutes)
    StarringTimothy Spall, Paul Jesson & Dorothy Atkinson
    DirectorMike Leigh (Secrets and Lies, Vera Drake & Another Year)
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New historical movies out now

Best recent & upcoming historical movies with release dates.

The Free State of Jones by Gary Ross

Release date13-05-2016
CountryUnited States
Starring Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Keri Russell
Previous releasesThe Hunger Games, Pleasantville & Seabiscuit
Associated with drama, historical,

Stonewall by Roland Emmerich
Release date25-09-2015
CountryUnited States
StarringJeremy Irvine, Jonny Beauchamp & Joey King
Previous releasesThe Day After Tomorrow, Independence Day & 2012
Associated with drama,

Macbeth (04-12-2015, 113 minutes))
DirectorJustin Kurzel (The Snowtown Murders & The Turning )
Starring Michael Fassbender, Elizabeth Debicki & Marion Cotillard
CountryFrance United Kingdom United States
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The Dressmaker (2015, 118 minutes))
DirectorJocelyn Moorhouse (Proof, Unconditional Love & How to Make an American Quilt)
StarringKate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth & Hugo Weaving
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The Keeping Room (25-09-2015, 95 minutes))
Director Daniel Barber (Harry Brown )
StarringBrit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld & Sam Worthington
CountryUnited States
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In the Heart of the Sea (11-12-2015, 121 minutes))
DirectorRon Howard (The Andy Griffith Show, A Beautiful Mind & American Graffiti)
Starring Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy & Brendan Gleeson
CountryUnited States
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Michiel de Ruyter (11-02-2016, 151 minutes))
DirectorRoel Reiné (Death Race 2, Death Race: Inferno & The Delivery )
StarringCharles Dance, Rutger Hauer & Aurélie Meriel
Buy/stream it Amazon / Netflix