5 Movies That Actually Got History Right

It isn’t uncommon that “history movies” often decide to skip or change important facts about the events from a certain period. While this sometimes helps the storyline to be more interesting, other times it can ruin the whole experience for the audience. This is why we decided to bring you five movies that actually got history right, and show you that the true stories are always the better choice.

12 Years a Slave (2013)

Steve McQueen’s 12 Years A Slave provided us with one of the most realistic showcasing of awful conditions slaves were living in. While there are numerous other movies with similar themes, this movie is appreciated for paying attention to details, such as the slave market, cruelty of the “slave masters,” role of religion and typical day to day work.

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Most of the WWII movies give us the story of the conflict from the viewpoint of the Alliance. The 1970’s movie Tora! Tora! Tora!, took on a different route, thoroughly analyzing both sides of the Pearl Harbor attack. There is no right or wrong in the movie, just historical facts. Real models of planes and ships are used throughout the film, giving it even more significant historical credibility.

Das Boot (1981)

Das Boot realistically portrays the lives of soldiers closed in a German U-Boat. The claustrophobic conditions, closed quarters and emotions intertwine with the chaos of warfare.

The Last Emperor (1987)

Bernardo Bertolucci spared no expense when he decided to make The Last Emperor. Set in China during the Communist Revolution, it gets as close to history as possible. The visual design of the movie and the costumes remain one of the greatest achievements in the movie industry. Any inaccuracies in the movie due to lack of information were replaced by extremely realistic and gruesome politics of the time.

Apollo 13 (1995)

Apollo 13 is one of the most famous space stories in the history of mankind. It has been dramatized multiple times, but the most notable one was done by Ron Howard. The movie does not deal with the showcase of events alone, but also the characters aboard Apollo 13. The sense of desperate atmosphere, the point of no return and the fear involved are so real you can almost feel it.