10 Best Movies to Teach World History

Times have changed, and how! Both in the literal and incidental sense: We do not know much about our history, and we do not talk or discuss about our history or the world history at large any more. We are so obsessed with our lives that we have almost forgotten to relive exciting and interesting historical facts and incidents and learn from them. But thankfully, there are some very entertaining and informative movies which can provide us with plenty of historical knowledge. If you wish to improve your historical knowledge, go and catch these. Listed here are the 10 best movies that teach world history.

Young Mr Lincoln (1939)

Young Mr Lincoln (1939)

1. Young Mr Lincoln (1939)

‘Young Mr Lincoln’ is the fictionalized biopic of Abraham Lincoln, the American President, as a young lawyer in his earlier days. It tells the story of a young man who would become the President one day.

All the King's Men (2006)

All the King's Men (2006)

2. All the King's Men (2006)

‘All the King's Men’ is the life story of the power hungry Governor of Louisiana, Huey Long.

All the President's Men (1976)

All the President's Men (1976)

3. All the President's Men (1976)

Winner of 4 Academy Awards, ‘All the President's Men’ is the true story of two famous reporters, Woodward and Bernstein who uncover the true facts about the Watergate scandal through investigative journalism that lead to President Nixon's resignation in 1946.

Gandhi (1982)

Gandhi (1982)

4. Gandhi (1982)

Set in the late 1800s, ‘Gandhi’ is a biopic that tells the life story of Mohandas K. Gandhi, one of the most influential leaders in British India, whose principles and values inspire lives even today. ‘Gandhi’ is based on the true story of Gandhi who led India towards independence over 50 years of perseverance and strong ideology.

The Last Emperor (1987)

The Last Emperor (1987)

5. The Last Emperor (1987)

Set in the early-mid 20th Century, ‘The Last Emperor’ is the life story of the last Emperor of China. This movie won 9 Academy Awards.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

6. Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Winner of 2 Academy Awards, ‘Born on the Fourth of July’ is the true story of the life of Ron Kovic, a Vietnamese veteran, who got paralyzed while fighting for his country during the Vietnam war. It tells the tale of how he transformed from being a war hero to an anti-war and pro-human rights activist.

Schindler's List (1993)

Schindler's List (1993)

7. Schindler's List (1993)

Set in Poland during World War II, ‘Schindler's List’ is a biopic on Oscar Schindler, who develops a compassion for fellow Jews and saves the lives of hundreds of Jews from the persecution of the Nazis.

Apollo 13 (1995)

Apollo 13 (1995)

8. Apollo 13 (1995)

‘Apollo 13’ is the true story of a lunar mission during the heyday of American space research program that goes terribly wrong following an unprecedented on board explosion. It tells how the team of astronauts race against time to figure out the extent of damage to the craft and make every effort to take everyone back to earth alive and safe.

Downfall (2004)

Downfall (2004)

9. Downfall (2004)

Set during the times of the end of the World War II, ‘Downfall’ is a biopic of Traudl Junge, who was the final secretary for Adolf Hitler, and tells the tale of Hitler’s final days in his Berlin bunker, before his fatal downfall.

Milk (2008)

Milk (2008)

10. Milk (2008)

Winner of 2 Academy Awards, ‘Milk’ is the true story of Harvey Milk and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became elected as California’s first openly gay official.

  • Young Mr Lincoln (1939)
  • All the King's Men (2006)
  • All the President's Men (1976)
  • Gandhi (1982)
  • The Last Emperor (1987)
  • Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
  • Schindler's List (1993)
  • Apollo 13 (1995)
  • Downfall (2004)
  • Milk (2008)

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