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Top 10 Historical Dramas

Movies have long been an outlet for escaping every day life. While our individual  "every day" routine may seem mundane and repetitive, many great films are based in the reality: historical dramas.

This genre of film examines a specific time in history or group of people. Many Historical films aim to portray true events and people. These films tend to focus on the more glorified societies, people, and happenings in history.

However, most of these films are only loosely based on historical facts... which is not to discount them. Many historical dramas that take artistic liberties with people and happenings are some of the most successful movies of all time. Films like Braveheart and Gladiator are classic movie favorites for many people, myself included.

Still, other historical dramas aim to align with history in a more accurate way. Every so often, a film will come along that combines historical accuracy with great storytelling. The product? A passionately delivered account of history.

Below are 10 Great Historical Dramas. Attempting to stay true to history, these stories of love, loss, and heroism have seared a spot in the minds of audiences throughout film history. Enticing, thrilling and often heartbreaking, these films prove that the most dramatic stories in life are the ones that are real.