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Historical Dramas Worth Watching

Sep 25, 2022 ByAndrew Parker

Unbelievably, the historical epic is one of the oldest cinematic genres ever created. The spectator is not only visually stimulated by the strong characters, epic scenery, and massive action moments but is also left with a lasting memory. That’s possibly the reason why the majority of excellent historical films continue to be recognizable decades after their first release. Of course, we’ll be honest: Hollywood isn’t the most acceptable source for historical dramas like Gladiator and Braveheart. But even so, we’ve discovered many occasions where Hollywood produced entertaining material while getting the facts correct.

Despite being primarily based on Homer’s Iliad, Troy (2004) revolves more around Achilles than it is around the city of Troy. In this story, Achilles leads the Myrmidons and the Greek army to invade Troy against Hector’s Trojan army, based on a few weeks of the conflict rather than the genuine decade-long Trojan War. Brad Pitt’s Achilles is undeniably the star of the show thanks to his brave, unstoppable warrior nearly eradicating the enemy army by himself. Let’s get this out of the way. The 2006 film 300 is not for people who are adamant about historical accuracy. The Thermopylae Battle, fought between the Spartans and Persians, is romanticized in this Zack Snyder film, which is based on the 1998 comic series of the same name by Frank Miller and Lynn Varley.

Actor Gerard Butler arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros. Picture's "300" at the Chinese Theater on March 5, 2007 in Los Angeles, California.

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In the 2012 film Argo, Ben Affleck’s Tony Mendez, a U.S. CIA exfiltration specialist, is tasked with saving six Americans who managed to elude capture during the Iran Hostage Crisis in 1979. This movie details how Tony pretended to be a film producer and utilized a made-up movie to get the six out of Iran. In addition to Affleck, the movie stars Tate Donovan, Bryan Cranston, and John Goodman. Apollo 13 (1995) was adapted from the book Lost Moon: The Perilous Voyage of Apollo 13, which was out in 1994. It describes the incidents of a well-known lunar mission gone awry. NASA is forced to cancel the trip after an oxygen tank explodes while three astronauts are still on their way there.