Best new Historical movies, True stories & Biopics in 2022 & 2021 (Netflix, Prime, Hulu & Cinema List)


List of the latest historical movies in 2022 and the best historical movies of 2021 & the 2010's. Top historical movies to watch on Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+ & other Streaming services, out on DVD/Blu-ray or in cinema's right now.

New historical movies in 2022 in Cinema & on VOD

Top movies up for release in 2022 in cinema and on VOD

Best historical movies on Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ or DVD in 2022

2021, 2020, 2019, 2018 and the 2010's best rated historical movies out on DVD, Bluray or streaming on VOD (Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+ & More).
  • The Electrical Life of Louis Wain

    DIRECTOR: Will Sharpe
    CAST: Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy & Andrea Riseborough
    Based on a true story, Louis Wain was a man of many talents. He was an inventor, entrepreneur and caretaker. But he was perhaps most known as an artist. His inspiration sprang from his adoption of kittens that led to him painting the most surreal of pictures, all involving cats. His paintings would make him an iconic figure in the world of art. Directed and co-written by Will Sharpe (The Darkest Universe, Black Pond), this off-beat period piece premiered at the 48th Telluride Film Festival and stars the talents of Benedict Cumberbatch, Claire Foy, Andrea Riseborough, Toby Jones, and Sharon Rooney. Read more

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  • House of Gucci

    DIRECTOR: Ridley Scott
    CAST: Lady Gaga, Adam Driver & Jared Leto
    Based on biographical book by Sara Gay Forden, House of Gucci centers around the life of Patrizia Reggiani in 1995. She was the wife of fashion leader Maurizio Gucci, head of the Gucci line of products. However, she eventually divorced her husband and was later tried and convicted of murdering him. That sordid tale of assassination, money, fashion, and lies is weaved in a rich tapestry of revenge that boils and egos that clash. Directed by Ridley Scott (The Counselor, All the Money in the World), this true-crime thriller stars Lady Gaga, Adam Driver, Jared Leto, Jeremy Irons, Salma Hayek, and Al Pacino. Read more

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  • Oslo

    DIRECTOR: Bartlett Sher
    CAST: Ruth Wilson, Andrew Scott & Salim Dau
    Based on the play of the same title by J.T. Rogers, Oslo portrays a dramatized version of the 1990s Oslo Peace Accords. Tensions are running high between Israel and the Palestinian Liberation Organization and this has led to negotiations being held in secret, away from public eyes. But such accords become increasingly dangerous to manage as the intensity only increases as the mission for peace becomes all the more dangerous. Directed by Bartlett Sher (The King and I stage play), this intriguing political thriller with true-life relations stars Ruth Wilson, David Olah, and Sam Goldin. Read more

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  • Judas and the Black Messiah

    DIRECTOR: Shaka King
    CAST: Daniel Kaluuya, Lakeith Stanfield & Jesse Plemons
    Based on true events, this biographical drama directed by Shaka King follows the life of Black Panther Party chairman Fred Hampton. His campaign in 1960s Illinois attracts the attention of the FBI who decide to keep close tabs on the organization. This leads to the criminal William O'Neal being hired as an informant tasked with infiltrating and taking down the Black Panthers. What follows is an intense historical drama of racial tensions and conflicted emotions about justice. Read more

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  • Misbehaviour

    DIRECTOR: Philippa Lowthorpe
    CAST: Keira Knightley, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & Jessie Buckley
    The 1970 Miss World competition becomes the target for a group of women who plan to disrupt the legendary London event. Tired of being demeaned by such a contest, a bitter collective of women plan to shake up the televised spectacle into a spectacle of their own, striking out against the oppression of women. This period piece of feminism is directed by Philippa Lowthorpe and features an ensemble cast of Keira Knightle,y Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Jessie Buckley, Keeley Hawes, Phyllis Logan, Lesley Manville, Rhys Ifans and Greg Kinnear. Read more

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  • The French Dispatch

    DIRECTOR: Wes Anderson
    CAST: Bill Murray, Benicio del Toro & Frances McDormand
    After his lukewarm received stop-motion film 'Isle of Dogs', American indie darling director Wes Anderson returns with 'The French Dispatch'. Merely a collection of shorts films, this omnibus movie brings to life three different stories that appeared in a fictional, France-based American newspaper. Expect tons of a-lists actors, quirkiness and European history references. Read more

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  • Richard Jewell

    DIRECTOR: Clint Eastwood
    CAST: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell & Kathy Bates
    Security guard Richard Jewell (Paul Walter Hauser) wasn’t taken very seriously at his job in Centennial Park. But when a bomb threat occurred on his watch during the 1996 Summer Olympics, he managed to control the crowd well enough to save more lives than had nothing been done. He is initially hailed as a hero. What followed was the controversial aftermath and accusations of Richard being the one behind such a plot in this biographical drama directed by Clint Eastwood. Read more

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  • Harriet

    DIRECTOR: Kasi Lemmons
    CAST: Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe & Leslie Odom Jr.
    The story of Harriet Tubman, who helped free hundreds of slaves from the South after escaping from slavery herself in 1849. Read more

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  • The Report

    DIRECTOR: Scott Z. Burns
    CAST: Adam Driver, Annette Bening & Jon Hamm
    Lauded by critics when it was released at the Sundance Festival, 'The Report' is thrilling movie about the highly controversial interrogation tactics that were applied by the CIA in the aftermath of 9/11. Starring Adam Driver among others. Read more

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  • Ophelia

    DIRECTOR: Claire McCarthy
    CAST: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts & George MacKay
    Ophelia comes of age as lady-in-waiting for Queen Gertrude, and her singular spirit captures Hamlet's affections. As lust and betrayal threaten the kingdom, Ophelia finds herself trapped between true... Read more

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  • Charlie Says

    DIRECTOR: Mary Harron
    CAST: Hannah Murray, Sosie Bacon & Marianne Rendón
    Based on the bloody Manson Murders history, this film focusses on three of the convicted girls in jail. A recently graduated student visits them in prison and tries to make the women see how they have come so far to actually commit murder. Read more

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  • The Best of Enemies

    DIRECTOR: Robin Bissell
    CAST: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell & Anne Heche
    The unbelievable true story about the relationship between a Klu Klux Klan leader and a black Civil Rights activist. Read more

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  • Radegund

    DIRECTOR: Terrence Malick
    CAST: Matthias Schoenaerts Michael Nyqvist Bruno Ganz
    Austria, 1939. When Franz Jägerstätte is called up to fight for the Nazi's, he refuses. Read more

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  • Il Peccato

    DIRECTOR: Andrey Konchalovskiy
    CAST: Umberto Orsini, Nicola Adobati, Alberto Testone
    Directed by acclaimed Russian filmmaker Andrey Konchalovskiy, 'Il Peccato' evolves around Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the most prominent figures in the Italian Renaissance. Read more

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  • Mr. Turner

    DIRECTOR: Mike Leigh
    CAST: Timothy Spall Paul Jesson Dorothy Atkinson
    The film offers a dramatized overview of the last quarter of the life of a very famous, even though sometimes considered a tad eccentric painter Mr. J.M.W Turner. Read more

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    RATING: 68/100

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  • Trumbo

    DIRECTOR: Jay Roach
    CAST: Bryan Cranston Diane Lane Helen Mirren
    The story depicts the post war era in America where famous Hollywood script writer Dalton Trumbo is blacklisted and even put behind the bars along with few other artists... Read more

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    RATING: 76/100

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  • Steve Jobs

    DIRECTOR: Danny Boyle
    CAST: Michael Fassbender Kate Winslet Seth Rogen
    It is the story of a man who is one of the most prominent cogs in the modern digital revolution 'Steve Jobs;' it offers a peek into the personal and... Read more

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    RATING: 72/100

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  • Age of Uprising: The Legend of Michael Kohlhaas

    DIRECTOR: Arnaud des Pallières
    CAST: Mads Mikkelsen Mélusine Mayance Delphine Chuillot
    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 manner by the king, he retaliates and... Read more

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    RATING: 6.2/100

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  • A Field in England

    DIRECTOR: Ben Wheatley
    CAST: Julian Barratt Peter Ferdinando Richard Glover
    Few deserters flee the battle field during the civil war in 17th century England; there path goes through an overgrown field where they are captured by an Alchemist who... Read more

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    RATING: 6.3/100

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  • The Better Angels

    DIRECTOR: A.J. Edwards
    CAST: Jason Clarke Diane Kruger Brit Marling
    The film delves into the difficult childhood of Abraham Lincoln, showcasing the harsh environment of Indiana, the hazards and hindrances that he faces, and the love and... Read more

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    RATING: 6.1/100

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  • Ida

    DIRECTOR: Pawel Pawlikowski
    CAST: Agata Kulesza Agata Trzebuchowska Dawid Ogrodnik
    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 that dates back to the time of... Read more

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    RATING: 7.4/100

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  • The Founder

    DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
    CAST: Michael Keaton Nick Offerman John Carroll Lynch
    '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

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    RATING: 7.2/100

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  • Jackie

    DIRECTOR: Pablo Larraín
    CAST: Natalie Portman Peter Sarsgaard Greta Gerwig
    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

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    RATING: 7.0/100

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  • Darkest Hour

    DIRECTOR: Joe Wright
    CAST: John Hurt Lily James Gary Oldman
    Like many biopics these days, 'Darkest Hours' focusses on a few pivotal days in someone's life/career. In 'Darkest Hours', we meet Winston Churchill just after he got elected Great Britain's Prime Minister. He's immediately faced with a challenge that would change the course of history; to negotiate or to fight Adolf Hitler? Read more

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    RATING: 82/100

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  • Dear Comrades

    DIRECTOR: Andrey Konchalovskiy
    CAST: Yuliya Vysotskaya, Vladislav Komarov & Andrei Gusev
    The small industrial town of Novocherkassk struggles with its working class trying to make ends meet. In 1962, things go from bad to worse when the communist government announces that food prices will be going up. This sends the workers into a furious strike when they assemble against a government that has wrong them. But the protest soon transforms into a bloody massacre that became known as the Novocherkassk massacre. Andrei Konchalovsky directs and co-writes this thrilling historical drama of class struggle. Read more

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  • All Is True

    DIRECTOR: Kenneth Branagh
    CAST: Kenneth Branagh, Judi Dench & Ian McKellen
    A somewhat sentimental yet entertaining film about the final years of the most important playwright of all times, William Shakespeare. Read more

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  • Sunset

    DIRECTOR: László Nemes
    CAST: Urs Rechn, Susanne Wuest, Vlad Ivanov, Juli Jakab
    Set in Budapest in 1913, when the city was considered to be at the heart of Europe. The drama follows 20-year-old Irisz Leiter, who arrives in the Hungarian capital after spending her younger years in... Read more

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  • Peterloo

    DIRECTOR: Mike Leigh
    CAST: Maxine Peake, Rory Kinnear, David Bamber
    On 16 august 1819, 80.000 demonstrators gathered in Manchester, demanding political reforms. A film about the Peterloo Massacre. Read more

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  • Angelo

    DIRECTOR: Markus Schleinzer
    CAST: Alba Rohrwacher, Christian Friedel, Michael Rotschopf, Gerti Drassl
    In early 18th century an African slave boy is chosen by a European Comtesse to be baptized and educated. Reaching adulthood, Angelo achieves prominence and soon becomes the Viennese court mascot until... Read more

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  • The Nightingale

    DIRECTOR: Jennifer Kent
    CAST: N/A
    Tasmania 1823. A female convict plots to avenge her murdered family. Read more

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  • Mary Magdalene

    DIRECTOR: Garth Davis
    CAST: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor
    The story of one of the most controversial biblical figures, Mary Magdalena. Read more

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    RATING: 86/100

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  • My Cousin Rachel

    DIRECTOR: Roger Michell
    CAST: Rachel Weisz Sam Claflin Iain Glen
    When Phillips' cousin dies, it seems evident his wife poisoned him. When the woman in question visits Phillip's estate, he finds himself falling in love with... Read more

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    RATING: 76/100

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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. 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.