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The World Through Film

by Amy
A list of films depicting chunks of the history of the world or people. Based on true stories, blunt biopics, historical re-tellings, etc I also take suggestions. If you do, please let me know where the film sets to be able to place them in the list chronologically. If the list doesn’t make sense, don’t worry. It’s because I’m messy. //updated AUG’16 THE PRINCE OF EGYPT 1391-1272 BCE EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS THE TEN COMMANDMENTS TROY 1260-1240 BC SAVING GENERAL YANG 986 AD CONFUCIUS 500BCE RED CLIFF John Woo 208-209 AD THE LAST SUPPER 206-202 BC WHITE VENGEANCE 206-202 BC THE NATIVITY STORY THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST ÁGORA 350-415 MULAN:… Read more

A list of films depicting chunks of the history of the world or people.
Based on true stories, blunt biopics, historical re-tellings, etc

I also take suggestions. If you do, please let me know where the film sets to be able to place them in the list chronologically. If the list doesn’t make sense, don’t worry. It’s because I’m messy.

//updated AUG’16

THE PRINCE OF EGYPT 1391-1272 BCE
EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS
THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
TROY 1260-1240 BC
SAVING GENERAL YANG 986 AD
CONFUCIUS 500BCE
RED CLIFF John Woo 208-209 AD
THE LAST SUPPER 206-202 BC
WHITE VENGEANCE 206-202 BC
THE NATIVITY STORY
THE PASSION OF THE CHRIST
ÁGORA 350-415
MULAN: WARRIOR PRINCESS 500s
MONGOL 1206-1227
JODHA AKBAR – 1560s
MASQUERADE 1616
BAJIRAO MASTANI – 1720s-1740
BELLE 1761-1780s
A ROYAL AFFAIR 1766-1770s
QUILLS 1793-1794
THE LIBERTADOR 1790s-1830
MISS HOKUSAI 1800s
THE BIRTH OF A NATION 1800s-1831
BRIGHT STAR 1819-1821
MR. TURNER 1800s-1951
THE SECRET DIARIES OF MISS ANNE LISTER 1791-1840
12 YEARS A SLAVE 1841-1853
MANGAL PANDEY 1857
CINCO DE MAYO 1861-1862
LINCOLN 1865
THE CONSPIRATOR 1865-1866
FREE STATE OF JONES 1862-1868
KURMANJAN DATKA: QUEEN OF THE MOUNTAINS 1820s-1900
CHARLES DARWIN AND THE TREE OF LIFE 1809-1882
RANG RASIYA aka. THE COLOURS OF PASSION 1870s-1900s
MARIE KROYER 1880s-1910s
THE YOUNG VICTORIA 1837-1901
THE WEIGHT OF WATER 1873
HAWAIZAADA 1895
FINDING NEVERLAND 1897-1910s
HENERAL LUNA 1890s-1899
QUEEN OF THE DESERT 1890s-1920s
BATTLESHIP POTEMKIN 1905
THE LAST STATION 1910
EVERLASTING MOMENTS 1900s
COCO BEFORE CHANEL 1895-1971
FOREVER ENTHRALLED 1894-1961
THE LAST EMPEROR 1908-1967
THE WHITE RIBBON 1913-1914
MY BOY JACK 1914-1918
THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY 1913-1920
BATTALION 1917
THE WATER DIVINER 1919
BESSIE 1910s-1930s
WARM SPRINGS 1920s
THE DANISH GIRL 1920s-1931
THE KING’S SPEECH 1925-1939
THE SOUND OF MUSIC 1920s-1930s
THE ARTIST 1927-1930s
CARMEN MIRANDA: BANANAS IS MY BUSINESS 1920s-1955
THE VANCOUVER ASAHI 1930s
WARRIORS OF THE RAINBOW: SEEDIQ BALE 1930
CENTER STAGE 1930s
THE AVIATOR 1914-1976
THE SOONG SISTERS 1912-1949
MY WAY 1928-1948
HACHIKO 1923-1935
CABARET 1931-1935
IN THE REALM OF THE SENSES 1936
THE GRANDMASTER 1930s
PERSONA NON GRATA 1920s-1940
THE GOLDEN ERA 1920s-1942
THE INN OF THE SIXTH HAPPINESS 1932-1940s
RACE 1936
GUERNICA – 1937
CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH 1937
THE FLOWERS OF WAR 1937
DUNKIRK 1940
IP MAN 1930s-1949
HEMINGWAY & GELLHORN 1936-1945
THE COUNTERFEITERS 1936-1945
SCHINDLER’S LIST 1939-1945
DEFIANCE 1941-1946
UNBROKEN 1920s-1940s
BACK TO 1942 – 1942
BATTLE OF SEVASTOPOL 1930s-1940s
FRANCOFONIA 1940-1944
OUR TIME WILL COME 1940S-1945
THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK 1942-1944
SOPHIE SCHOLL: THE FINAL DAYS 1943
FEMALE AGENTS 1944
FLORENCE FOSTER JENKINS 1944
A TALE OF THREE CITIES 1930s-1954
CANTINFLAS 1930s-1957
THE IMITATION GAME 1920s-1950s
THE PIANIST 1939-1950
HACKSAW RIDGE 1920s-1945
DAWN OF A FILMMAKER: THE KEISUKE KINOSHITA STORY 1944
IN THIS CORNER OF THE WORLD 1944-1945
YAMATO 1944-1945
DOWNFALL 1945
LAND OF MINE 1945
THE PACIFIC 1941-1945
GRAVE OF THE FIREFLIES 1945
FLAGS OF OUR FATHERS 1945
LETTERS FROM IWO JIMA 1945
HEY RAM 1940s-1999
THE TAKING OF TIGER MOUNTAIN 1946
A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS 1940s-1950s
KON-TIKI 1947
GANDHI 1893-1948
THE DANCE OF REALITY 1930s-1950s
BHAAG MILKHA BHAAG 1947-1960s
THE GERMAN DOCTOR aka. WAKOLDA 1960s
CAMERAMAN: THE LIFE AND WORK OF JACK CARDIFF 1940s-1970s
THE FOUNDING OF A REPUBLIC 1945-1949
KINSEY 1948-1950s
TAE GUK GI: THE BROTHERHOOD OF WAR 1950-1953
71: INTO THE FIRE 1950
MOTORCYCLE DIARIES 1952
MARGARET THATCHER: THE LONG WALK TO FINCHLEY 1950s
EVITA 1919-1952
HOWL 1940s-1957
THE BATTLE OF ALGIERS 1954-1957
PELE: BIRTH OF A LEGEND 1940s-1958
THE FOUNDER 1940-1950s
GODS AND MONSTERS 1950s-1957
IP MAN 2 1940s-1960s
TRUMBO 1947-1960
ARAYA 1959
VIOLETA WENT TO HEAVEN 1920s-1967
BRIDGE OF SPIES 1957-1960
HIDDEN FIGURES 1920s-1962
MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM 1930s-1962
THE ARGENTINE 1955-1964
IP MAN 3 1959 – 1960s
CATCH ME IF YOU CAN 1963-1969
J. EDGAR 1919-1972
LA VIE EN ROSE 1916-1963
GRACE OF MONACO 1962
JACKIE 1963
CAPOTE 1959-1965
BIG EYES 1958-1990s
FUR: AN IMAGINARY PORTRAIT OF DIANE ARBUS 1960s
APUR PANCHALI 1960s-1970s
JERSEY BOYS 1950s-1990
HULA GIRLS 1965
UNDER THE HAWTHORN TREE 1960s-1970s
AN AMERICAN CRIME 1965-1966
MY BACK PAGE 1960s
IVAN MEGHAROOPAN 1950s-1978
THE BAADER MEINHOF COMPLEX 1960s-1970s
YOURS TRULY MOIDEEN // ENNU NINTE MOIDEEN 1960s-1970s
WALK THE LINE 1944-1968
SAVING MR. BANKS 1961-1964
WHAT HAPPENED, MISS SIMONE? 1950s-1990s
SELMA 1964-1965
LOVING 1958-1967
WOLF TOTEM 1969
HALF OF A YELLOW SUN 1965-1970
THE HOME SONG STORIES 1964-1972
ALI 1960-1974
MANJHITHE MOUNTAIN MAN 1950s-1980s
THE THEORY OF EVERYTHING 1960s-1990s
THE MISSING PICTURE 1960s-1980s
M. BUTTERFLY 1960s-1987
HOCKNEY 1960s-2014
SKIN 1965-1990s
THE LAST KING OF SCOTLAND 1970-1976
CHILDREN OF WAR 1971
FROST/NIXON 1972-1974
I, OLGA HEPNAROVÁ 1960s-1975
POST MORTEM 1973
COLONIA 1973
THE WALK 1973-1974
OUT OF THIN AIR 1974
MAN ON WIRE 1974
11 FLOWERS 1975
MAIN AUR CHARLES 1974-1976
MILK 1950s-1978
THE END OF A GREAT ERA 1969-1976
FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER 1975-1979
MUNICH 1972-1979
THE RUNAWAYS 1975-1979
GURU 1950s-1980s
THE LADY IN THE VAN 1970s-1980s
SHE’S BEAUTIFUL WHEN SHE’S ANGRY 1966-1971
WE WERE HERE 1960s-1980s
CHRISTINE 1974
GREY GARDENS 1960s-1975
CESAR CHAVEZ 1965-1975
ARGO 1979
I AM NOT YOUR NEGRO 1950S-1970S
ANY DAY NOW 1970s
PAAN SINGH TOMAR 1950s-1980
MARLEY 1963-1981
SAINT LAURENT 1960s-1980s
RUSH 1970s-1993
BOOGIE NIGHTS 1977-1984
MILES AHEAD 1970s-1980s
THE DIRTY PICTURE 1979-1996
FLOATING CITY 1940s-1980s
MAN ON THE MOON 1957-1985
LOVELACE 1970s-2002
BLACK MASS 1970s-1980s
ALL GOOD THINGS 1970s-2000s
MAO’S LAST DANCER 1979-1995
AFTERSHOCK 1976-2008
TABLOID 1977-2008
WALK WITH ME: THE TRIALS OF DAMON J. KEITH 1970s-2016
HANDS OF STONE 1950s-1980s
THE LOVERS AND THE DESPOT 1970s-1986
HOW TO SURVIVE A PLAGUE 1980s
THE NORMAL HEART 1981-1984
THE CLAN 1980-1985
HUNGER 1981
VISAARANAI 1980s
THE FALKLANDS PLAY 1982
HOOKERS ON DAVIE 1984
PRIDE 1984
THE LIVES OF OTHERS 1984-1994
ASU MARE! 1980s-1990
ALIAS ‘LA GRINGA’ 1980s
LEONIDS STORY 1986
NEERJA 1986
MAGIC MOUNTAIN 1980s
PHILADELPHIA 1986-1990s
FOXCATCHER 1986-1990s
BEHIND THE CANDELABRA 1977-1987
STEVE JOBS 1984-1998
SPECIAL 26 1987
AS ONE 1987
MCFARLAND, USA 1987
NO 1988
STRAIGHT OUTTA COMPTON 1986-1996
CRAZY ENGLISH 1988-1990s
NINA 1988-1990s
ALOIS NEBEL 1989
O.J.: MADE IN AMERICA 1970s-1990s
JOY 1989-1990s
AIRLIFT 1990
THATCHER THE FINAL DAYS 1990
COBAIN: MONTAGE OF HECK 1980s-1994
THE IRON LADY 1940s-2008
CARANDIRU 1990s-1992
COURAGE 1992
DALLAS BUYERS CLUB 1985-1992
BOYS DON’T CRY 1980s-1993
PARADISE LOST: THE CHILD MURDERS AT ROBIN HOOD HILLS 1993-1996
GHOSTS OF MISSISSIPPI 1994
I LOVE YOU PHILLIP MORRIS 1980s-1990s
GARBO 1920-1990
A BEAUTIFUL MIND 1947-1994
LA 92 1992
LIFE FEELS GOOD 1980s-2000s
THE BANG BANG CLUB 1990-1994
THE CELLULOID CLOSET 1920s-1995
TRACKING DOWN MAGGIE 1990s-1994
INVICTUS 1990-1995
THE FIGHTER 1990s-2000s
THE INTOUCHABLES 1990s-2000s
SHAHID 1994-2010
YANG ± YIN: GENDER IN CHINESE CINEMA 1920s-1996
I’M GILDA 1990-1996
EVEREST 1996
OF GODS AND MEN 1996
FETISHES 1996
THE END OF THE TOUR 1996-2008
BERNIE 1993-1997
GOLD 1993-1997
TAKE THE LEAD 1990s
THE QUEEN 1997
S&M JUDGE 1997
SHATTERED GLASS 1990s-1998
YOU DON’T KNOW JACK 1990s
SATOSHI: A MOVE FOR TOMORROW 1980s-1998
THE SEA INSIDE 1990s-1998
THE LADY 1947-1999
THE SESSIONS 1985s-1999
DIANA 1996-1997
BEAUTIFUL BOXER 1980s-2000
THE MAN WITH THOUSAND FACES / SMOKE & MIRRORS 1988-2004
I AM SLAVE 1995-2000s
BOWLING FOR COLUMBINE 1999-2002
THE FALL OF FUJIMORI 1990s-2005
THE FOG OF WAR 1940s-2000s
THE OTHER DREAM TEAM 1992
WEST OF MEMPHIS 1993-2010
WILD 1995
THE WHISTLEBLOWER 1995-2000s
WINGS OF HOPE 1995s-2000
THE PINOCHET CASE 1998-1999
PINOCHET’S LAST STAND 1998-1999
A BAREFOOT DREAM 1999-2000s
RECOUNT 2000
THE DARK HORSE 2000s
AYURVEDA: ART OF BEING 2001
MONEYBALL 2001-2002
SPOTLIGHT 2001-2002
127 HOURS 2003
FAHRENHEIT 9/11 2000-2003
HERBLOCK: THE BLACK & THE WHITE 1920s-2000s
THE BRONZE SCREEN 1930s-2002
LISTEN TO ME MARLON 1950s-2004
HEROES AND TIME 1970s-2000s
INSIDE DEEP THROAT 1972-2000s
REGARDING SUSAN SONTAG 1950s-2000s
TAXI TO THE DARK SIDE 2000s
SHUT UP & SING 2003-2005
SOUL SURFER 2003-2004
BOY INTERRUPTED 1990s-2005
BEGINNERS 2000-2005
ALL MY MOTHERS 1979-2003
PHILOMENA 1950s-2004
LUCIA DE B. 2003-2009
CONCUSSION 2002-2009
THE BLIND SIDE 2003-2009
TRUTH 2004
THE TILLMAN STORY 2004
COMPLIANCE 2004
TSUNAMI: THE AFTERMATH 2004
PINK SARIS 2000s
WOMAN IN GOLD 2000-2006
MANUFACTURING DISSENT 2004-2006
THE UNION: THE BUSINESS BEHIND GETTING HIGH 1960s-2007
SUPER, GIRLS! 2004-2007
THE COLORS OF THE MOUNTAIN 2000s
SAVING MR. WU 2004
THE IMPOSSIBLE 2004
LONE SURVIVOR 2005
THE DEATH OF PINOCHET 2006
BUDHIA SINGHBORN TO RUN 2006
FREEHELD 2006
FREEHELD 2000s-2006
THE BIG SELLOUT 2007
LAST TRAIN HOME 2007
RESTREPO 2007
WHITE LIGHT BLACK RAIN 2007
YOUNG @ HEART 2007
THE BIG SICK 2007-2008
CRULIC: THE PATH TO BEYOND 2007-2008
THE BIG SHORT 2005-2010
AN AFRICAN ELECTION 2008
BETTER THIS WORLD 2008
TRAFFIC (2011) – 2008
TRAFFIC (2016) – 2008
THE BUTLER 1926-2009
MILLION DOLLAR ARM 2008-2009
THE BLING RING 2008-2009
FRUITVALE STATION 2008-2009
ALAMAR 2009
SULLY 2009
CAPTAIN PHILLIPS 2009
WHEN TWO WORLDS COLLIDE 2009
ROSEWATER 2009
THE WORLD BEFORE HER 2009
THE ALZHEIMER’S PROJECT 2009
GAME CHANGE 2008-2010
8: THE MORMON PROPOSITION 2008
QUEER CHINA, ‘COMRADECHINA 2000s-2009
DETROIT WILD CITY 2008-2009
LITTLE BIG MASTER 2009
TALVAR 2008-2013
BLACKFISH 1983-2010
DANGAL 1980s-2010
MEA MAXIMA CULPA: SILENCE IN THE HOUSE OF GOD 1960s-2010s
GOING CLEAR: SCIENTOLOGY AND THE PRISON OF BELIEF 1960s-2014
ZERO DARK THIRTY 2003-2010
BOLLYWOOD: THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD 1950s-2011
COMIC-CON: EPISODE IV – A FAN’S HOPE 2009-2010
M.S. DHONI: THE UNTOLD STORY 1990s-2011
DIRTY WARS 2001-2011
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT 2001-2011
QUEEN OF KATWE 2007-2011
VALENTINE ROAD 2008-2011
DEAREST 2008-2011
MERU 2008-2011
ALIGARH 2009-2010
CALL ME KUCHU 2009-2011
WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS 1980s-2010
WHORE’S GLORY 2010
LOST AND LOVE 2010
THE 33 2010
THIS IS NOT A FILM 2010-2011
PAGE ONE: A YEAR INSIDE THE NEW YORK TIMES 2010-2011
THE TSUNAMI AND THE CHERRY BLOSSOM 2011-2012
LINSANITY 2000s-2012
PARTICLE FEVER 2008-2012
LION 1986-2012
20 FEET FROM STARDOM 2012
GOD LOVES UGANDA 2010-2013
THE KINGDOM OF DREAMS AND MADNESS 2010-2013
AMY 1998-2011
PRESSPAUSEPLAY 2011
STORIES WE TELL 2011
RED OBSESSION 2011-2012
LA CHICA DEL SUR 1989-2012
INEQUALITY FOR ALL 2007-2012
BACKSTREET BOYS: SHOW’EM WHAT YOU’RE MADE OF 1990s-2012
SARBJIT 1990s-2013
BAD 25 2009-2012
THE ACT OF KILLING 1965-2012
HAFU: THE MIXED-RACE EXPERIENCE IN JAPAN 2011-2012
VIRUNGA 2012
ABOUT FACE: THE SUPERMODELS, THEN AND NOW. 2012
GO AWAY MR. TUMOR 2012
THE IDOL 1990s-2013
CUTIE AND THE BOXER 1970s-2013
SNOWDEN 2003-2013
THE ARMSTRONG LIE 2009-2013
CITIZENFOUR 2011-2013
KIM DOTCOM: CAUGHT IN THE WEB 1990s-2016
WEINER 2011-2013
TWINSTERS 2013
BLOOD BROTHER 2013
THOUGHT CRIMES: THE CASE OF THE CANNIBAL COP 2013
REMEMBERING THE ARTIST: ROBERT DE NIRO, SR. 2013
THE RUSSIAN WOODPECKER 2013
STEAK®EVOLUTION 2013-2014
LIFE ITSELF 1942-2014
TAB HUNTER CONFIDENTIAL 1950s-2014
THE SALT OF THE EARTH 1980s-2014
TICKLED 1990s-2014
A LEGO BRICKUMENTARY – 1891-2014
FOODIES: THE CULINARY JET SET 2014
A BRAVE HEART: THE LIZZIE VELASQUEZ STORY 1989-2015
MISS SHARON JONES! 2013-2014
THE LOOK OF SILENCE 2013-2014
THE END OF EDEN 2014
HE NAMED ME MALALA 2012-2015
SONITA 2014-2015
HEART OF A DOG 2015
THE PEARL BUTTON 2015
WHERE TO INVADE NEXT 2015
TREMBLING MOUNTAIN 2015
THE MUSIC OF STRANGERS 2000-2015
CURUMIM: DIARY OF A BRAZILIAN ON DEATH ROW 2003-2015
THE WINDS KNOW THAT I’M COMING BACK HOME 2015
CAMERAPERSON 2002-2016
13TH 1970s-2016
I AM HEATH LEDGER 1990s-2016
ON THE BRIDGE OF DEATH AND LIFE 2006-2016
FALLEN FLOWERS THICK LEAVES 2014-2016
EXODUS WHERE I COME FROM IS DISAPPEARING 2015-2016
TSUKIJI WONDERLAND 2015-2016
#MYESCAPE 2015-2016
LIFE ON THE BORDER 2015-2016
ZAATARI DJINN 2015-2016
MEN: A LOVE STORY 2015-2016
DIVINAS DIVAS 2015-2016
MY BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN THE NORTH 2016
RECRUITING FOR JIHAD 2016
WEAVING 2016
SHINERS: THE ART OF THE SHOE SHINE 2016
VANCOUVER: NO FIXED ADDRESS 2016-2017
RAMEN HEADS 2017

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