11 Best History Movies on Netflix Streaming in July

11. The 300 Spartans (1962)

The 300 Spartans (1962)

Watch on Netflix (113 min)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History NFB Rating: 3.173 IMDB Rating: 6.70 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0.00Actors: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe Director: Rudolph Maté

Plot: A small army of Greeks spearheaded by 300 Spartans do battle with the whole invading Persian army.

10. The Physician (2013)

The Physician (2013)

Watch on Netflix (155 min)
Genre: Adventure, Drama, History NFB Rating: 4.264 IMDB Rating: 7.20 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0.00Actors: Tom Payne, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby Director: Philipp Stölzl

Plot: In Persia in the 11th Century, a surgeon's apprentice disguises himself as a Jew to study at a school that does not admit Christians.

9. Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla (2013)

Cinco de Mayo: La Batalla (2013)

Watch on Netflix (126 min)
Genre: Drama, History, War NFB Rating: 4.310 IMDB Rating: 6.20 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 0.00Actors: Christian Vazquez, Liz Gallardo, William Miller, Javier Oliván Director: Rafa Lara

Plot: On May 5th, 1862, a few thousand Mexican soldiers put their lives on the line against the world's largest and most powerful army in one legendary battle for freedom and for Mexico.

8. Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)

Watch on Netflix (144 min)
Genre: Action, Drama, History NFB Rating: 5.293 IMDB Rating: 7.50 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 6.10Actors: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi Director: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda

Plot: A dramatization of the Japanese attack on the US naval base at Pearl Harbor and the series of American blunders that allowed it to happen.

7. After the Dark (2013)

After the Dark (2013)

Watch on Netflix (106 min)
Genre: Drama, Fantasy, History NFB Rating: 5.491 IMDB Rating: 5.70 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5.80Actors: James D'Arcy, Sophie Lowe, Daryl Sabara, Freddie Stroma Director: John Huddles

Plot: At an international school in Jakarta, a philosophy teacher challenges his class of twenty graduating seniors to choose which ten of them would take shelter underground and reboot the human race in the event of a nuclear apocalypse.

6. Into the White (2012)

Into the White (2012)

Watch on Netflix (104 min)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History NFB Rating: 5.647 IMDB Rating: 7.20 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5.20Actors: Florian Lukas, David Kross, Stig Henrik Hoff, Lachlan Nieboer Director: Petter Næss

Plot: Norway, WWII: A group of British and German soldiers find themselves stranded in the wilderness after an aircraft battle. Finding shelter in the same cabin, they realize the only way to survive the winter is to place the rules of war aside.

5. Cleopatra (1963)

Cleopatra (1963)

Watch on Netflix (243 min)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History NFB Rating: 5.760 IMDB Rating: 7.00 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 5.90Actors: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz, Rouben Mamoulian, Darryl F. Zanuck

Plot: In 48 B.C., Caesar pursues Pompey from Pharsalia to Egypt. Ptolemy, now supreme ruler after deposing his older sister, Cleopatra, attempts to gain favor with Caesar by presenting the conquerer with the head of Pompey, borne by his governors, Pothinos and Achillas. To win Caesar's support from her brother, Cleopatra hides herself in a rug, which Apollodorus, her servant, presents to Caesar. The Roman is immediately infatuated; banishing Ptolemy, he declares Cleopatra Egypt's sole ruler and takes her as his mistress. A son, Caesarion, is born of their union. Caesar, however, must return to Italy. Although he is briefly reunited with Cleopatra during a magnificent reception for the queen in Rome, Caesar is assassinated shortly thereafter, and Cleopatra returns to Egypt. When Mark Antony, Caesar's protégé, beholds Cleopatra aboard her elaborate barge at Tarsus some years later, he is smitten and becomes both her lover and military ally. Their liaison notwithstanding, Antony, to consolidate his position in Rome, marries Octavia, sister of the ambitious Octavian. The marriage satisfies no one. Cleopatra is infuriated, and Antony, tiring of his Roman wife, returns to Egypt. There he flaunts his liaison by marrying Cleopatra in a public ceremony. Sensing Antony's weakness, Octavian attacks and defeats his forces at Actium. Alarmed, Cleopatra withdraws her fleet and seeks refuge in her tomb.

4. Son of God (2014)

Son of God (2014)

Watch on Netflix (138 min)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History NFB Rating: 6.188 IMDB Rating: 5.60 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 4.70Actors: Sebastian Knapp, Paul Knops, Darcie Lincoln, David Rintoul Director: Christopher Spencer

Plot: The life story of Jesus is told from his humble birth through his teachings, crucifixion and ultimate resurrection.

3. The Longest Day (1962)

The Longest Day (1962)

Watch on Netflix (178 min)
Genre: Action, Drama, History NFB Rating: 6.448 IMDB Rating: 7.80 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.50Actors: Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault Director: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki, Gerd Oswald, Darryl F. Zanuck

Plot: Tells the story of the D-Day invasion of Normandy in WWII. There are dozens of characters, some seen only briefly, who together weave the story of five separate invasion points that made up the operation.

2. Braveheart (1995)

Braveheart (1995)

Watch on Netflix (177 min)
Genre: Biography, Drama, History NFB Rating: 7.142 IMDB Rating: 8.40 Rotten Tomatoes Rating: 7.20Actors: James Robinson, Sean Lawlor, Sandy Nelson, James Cosmo Director: Mel Gibson

Plot: When his secret bride is executed for assaulting an English soldier who tried to rape her, William Wallace begins a revolt against King Edward I of England.


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