Best new Historical movies, True stories & Biopics in 2018 & 2017 (Netflix & Cinema List)

The Vore's Film staff selects the top best historical movies of 2018 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.

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.

New historical movies in 2018

Top movies up for release in 2018


Best historical movies of 2017

Top rated 2017 historical movies

  • 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

    RATING: 82/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 29th, 2017

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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

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 29th, 2017

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Best historical movies on Netflix or DVD in 2018

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

  • 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

    RATING: 76/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 16th, 2015

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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

    RATING: 72/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 23rd, 2015

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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

    RATING: 7.4/100

    RELEASE DATE: February 12th, 2014

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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

    RATING: 7.2/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 7th, 2016

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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

    RATING: 7.0/100

    RELEASE DATE: December 2nd, 2016

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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

    RATING: 68/100

    RELEASE DATE: October 13th, 2014

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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

    RATING: 6.3/100

    RELEASE DATE: July 5th, 2013

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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

    RATING: 6.2/100

    RELEASE DATE: August 14th, 2013

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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

    RATING: 6.1/100

    RELEASE DATE: November 17th, 2014

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