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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Anticipated 2017 historical movies to watch

    My Cousin Rachel (Friday June 9, 2017)

    My Cousin Rachel film poster Director
    Roger Michell
    Rachel Weisz
    Sam Claflin
    Iain Glen

    Based on Daphne du Mauriers' eponymous novel, this Victorian romantic drama tells the beguiling story of a young nobleman (Sam Claflin) who falls in love with the woman (Rachel Weisz) who supposedly poisoned his cousin. An atmospheric, thriller-ish romance which evolves around a torturing question: did she do it, or did she not?...Read more

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).

    Trumbo (Monday November 16, 2015)

    Trumbo film poster Director
    Jay Roach
    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...Read more

    Steve Jobs (Friday October 23, 2015)

    Steve Jobs film poster Director
    Danny Boyle
    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...Read more

    Ida (Wednesday February 12, 2014)

    Ida film poster Director
    Pawel Pawlikowski
    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...Read more

    The Founder (Wednesday December 7, 2016)

    The Founder film poster Director
    John Lee Hancock
    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

    Jackie (Friday December 2, 2016)

    Jackie film poster Director
    Pablo Larraín
    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

    Mr. Turner (Monday October 13, 2014)

    Mr. Turner film poster Director
    Mike Leigh
    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...Read more

    A Field in England (Friday July 5, 2013)

    A Field in England film poster Director
    Ben Wheatley
    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...Read more

    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
    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...Read more

    The Better Angels (Monday November 17, 2014)

    The Better Angels film poster Director
    A.J. Edwards
    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...Read more

    Darkest Hour (Thursday December 29, 2016)

    Darkest Hour film poster Director
    Joe Wright
    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