Top 150 History Documentaries and Movies on Netflix
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Here are the best 150 historical documentaries currently streaming on Netflix right now. Take a deeper dive into history and examine historical events from different perspectives. See some of the behind the scenes stories of some of the most famous stories in history.

Schindler's List


Schindler's List

After World War 2 Oskar Schindler is an extraordinary hero who spends all of his fortune to help rescue 1.100 Jews from Auschwitz.




The King's Speech


The King's Speech

King George VI is struggling to reach out to the public during a tumultuous period in history to get support from Lionel Logue, the speech therapist.




Black Hawk Down


Black Hawk Down

If US troops try to capture two Somali warlords, they fire their helicopters and the Americans are seriously hurt. Hartnett, McGregor, Tom Sizemore, Starring: Starring:




The Aviator


The Aviator

Howard Hughes ' excentric imagination transforms film and aviation industries into epic, revolutionary ideas, but mental illness threatens his empire. Cate Blanchett, Kate Beckinsale: Leonardo DiCapri.




Gangs of New York


Gangs of New York

Vengeant orphan Amsterdam Vallon joined his father's cutthroat gang Bill The Butcher in New York's criminal-cracked slums in the 1860's. Starring: DiCaprio, Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz




Lincoln


Lincoln

The great legacy of Abraham Lincoln is being taken up by Director Steven Spielberg, with a focus on his Union leadership during the civil war. Starring: Daniel Strathairn, David Day-Lewis, Sally Field,




13th


13th

This thought-turning documentary analyzes the criminalization of African Americans and the US prison boom by scholars, activists and politicians.




Bahubali: The Beginning


Bahubali: The Beginning

Villagers in the Mahismati Kingdom are saving a baby who is to embark on a valiant journey in this hindi S.S. Staring: Rajamuli. Prabhas, Rana Daggubati, Anushka Shetty




Quiz Show


Quiz Show

A superb look behind the scenes at the thrills and high stakes of the TV show! But the name and fortune of a Washington investigator (Rob Morrow) turn into a hot-bed of scandal when corruption is uncovered under the glittering facade. The scandal includes both the famous and the humiliated champion (John Turturro) of the race (Ralph Fiennes). Not on Netflix anymore bu available on Youtube.




Troy


Troy

The Prince Paris of Troy stole Helen's beauty from her husband and put two nations in a war crash. Starring: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana ...




Good Night, and Good Luck.


Good Night, and Good Luck.

Edward R. Murrow, a veteran TV newsman, is faced with Joseph McCarthy and his Crusade to eliminate America's threat of communism. Starring: David Strathairn, Patricia Clarkson, George Clooney




The Farthest


The Farthest

The 1977 NASA launch of twin space-samples that this film sends to capture images of distant planets and bear Earth messages.




The Look of Silence


The Look of Silence

In a society terrorized into silence, the brother of a 1960s Indonesian genocide victim learns the identity of his murderers and confronts them.




Miracle


Miracle

U.S. hockey coach Herb Brooks puts the multifunctional group of college athletes together and makes them a force for the 1980 Olympic Winter Games. Starring: Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich. Kurt Russell.




The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society


The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

A writer from London connects with the colorful Guernsey residents, learning about the book club that they formed during the Second World War. Starring:Lily James, Michiel Huisman, Penelope Wilton




Special 26


Special 26

A gang of artists posing as governmental officials conducts a heist as a raid on an important jeweler in this fact-based crime drama. Starring:Akshay Kumar, Manoj Bajpayee, Anupam Kher




Kon-Tiki


Kon-Tiki

Thor Heyerdahl sails with five loyal friends on the ancient route, some 4,300 km across the Pacific on a fragile balsa wood raft.




The Innocents


The Innocents

In a Polish convent that was raped and poisoned with Russian soldiers, a French doctor with the Red Cross treats the nuns at the end of the Second World War. Starring:Lou de Laâge, Agata Kulesza, Agata Buzek




LA 92


LA 92

Previously unseen video is a new and timely replication of the 1992 Rodney King trial and the decision triggering civil disorder.




20 Feet from Stardom


20 Feet from Stardom

The documentary is the recipient of the 2014 Academy Award for Best Documentary, and looks at the world of backup singers and their legends. Starring:Darlene Love, Merry Clayton, Lisa Fischer




A Twelve-Year Night


A Twelve-Year Night

Future president of Uruguay José Mujica and his fellow political prisoners from Tupamaro are fighting to survive 12 years of solitary confinement and torture. Starring:Antonio de la Torre, Chino Darín, Alfonso Tort




Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story


Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

Hollywood icon Hedy Lamarr's unearthed audio interview reveals a woman with brains as well as beauty, who was the first to patent frequency hopping. Starring:Hedy Lamarr. Hedy Lamarr, star and screen siren. The world's most beautiful woman. All words used to identify actress Hedy Lamarr from Hollywood in the 1940s. The insightful movie by Alexandra Dean adds Inventor to the list. Popular for her matchless personality of elegance and electric display, Lamarr's legion of fans never realized she had such a beautiful mind. An Austrian Jewish emigrant who worked by day and invented mechanical and electronic inventions by night, Lamarr built a clandestine system of communication to help the Allies defeat the Nazis. Weaving from archival recordings in Lamarr's own voice, Dean reveals how Lamarr gave the Navy her patent, received no credit for her contributions, and in her later years wounded impoverished.




Outlaw King


Outlaw King

Robert the Bruce claims the throne in Scotland in the 14th century and is leading a violent rebellion to win back the freedom of the state from English rule. Starring:Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh




7/22/2019


7/22/2019

A teenage survivor, grieving families, and the world call for justice and reconciliation following horrific terror attacks in Norway. Starring:Jonas Strand Gravli, Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden




The Water Diviner


The Water Diviner

Years after his three sons ' presumed death in battle, a mourning farmer is traveling to Turkey to seek them and return them to their homeland. Starring:Russell Crowe, Olga Kurylenko, Yılmaz Erdoğan




First They Killed My Father


First They Killed My Father

A 5-year-old girl is embarking on a horrific search for survival in Cambodia's Khmer Rouge's sudden rise and frightening reign. Starring:Sreymoch Sareum, Kompheak Phoeung, Socheata Sveng




The Age of Shadows


The Age of Shadows

Formerly a Korean resistance fighter, the job of a policeman working for Japan is to track down members of the resistance before they buy explosives. Starring:Song Kang-ho, Gong Yoo, Han Ji-min




The Duchess


The Duchess

Young duchess Georgiana Spencer began a scandalous relationship with politician Charles Grey to compensate for her unhappy marriage. Starring:Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling




The Promise


The Promise

A vast epic set in the Ottoman Empire's final days. THE PROMISE is an inspirational story of love, persistence and survival. Starring Isaac Oscar and Bale Christian. Not on Netflix but availabe on Amazon.




The Great Battle


The Great Battle

In Korea of the seventh century, Ansi Fortress leader Yang Man-chun is battling Tang invaders against all odds in a retelling of an epic war. Starring:Zo In-sung, Nam Joo-hyuk, Park Sung-woong




The Accountant of Auschwitz


The Accountant of Auschwitz

Decades after the Second World War, a former SS officer is being tried in his native Germany on charges of involvement in Auschwitz's massacre of Jews.




Kursk


Kursk

The bureaucracy on land is the worst risk for the crew stuck on board a sunken Russian submarine. Based on a story of fact. Starring:Matthias Schoenaerts, Léa Seydoux, Colin Firth




Chappaquiddick


Chappaquiddick

In the wake of an infamous car crash, Senator Ted Kennedy watches his future unravel as family and allies struggle to protect his reputation. Starring:Jason Clarke, Kate Mara, Ed Helms




Silicon Cowboys


Silicon Cowboys

This documentary tells the story of Compaq Computer and its three founders, who took Goliath IBM on top of their PC dominance in 1982.




The Red Sea Diving Resort


The Red Sea Diving Resort

Undercover agents open a fake hotel as a cover for real tourists to help smuggle the safety of thousands of Ethiopian refugees. Starring:Chris Evans, Michael Kenneth Williams, Haley Bennett




Quincy


Quincy

The film explores the music and culture pioneer Quincy Jones, providing unprecedented access from his groundbreaking career to his private life and stories. Starring:Quincy Jones




Studio 54


Studio 54

This film explores Manhattan discotheque's rapid rise and fall and the glittery debauchery that attracted the excentric and elite of the city.




Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo


Mission Control: The Unsung Heroes of Apollo

This film blends archive footage with current interviews to discuss how the mission control of Apollo has helped change the course of history.




Colonia


Colonia

When a Chilean coup captures her husband, a young woman tries to free him from a prison camp disguised as a municipality by willingly entering it. Starring:Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist




The Photographer of Mauthausen


The Photographer of Mauthausen

In a Nazi concentration camp, a Catalan prisoner uses his office job to steal photo negatives from the atrocities committed there. Based on actual events. Starring:Mario Casas, Richard van Weyden, Alain Hernández




Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran


Parmanu: The Story of Pokhran

A devoted official in the government puts his career at risk by insisting on India becoming a nuclear power, a target that powerful forces are resisting. Starring:John Abraham, Boman Irani, Diana Penty




The Iron Lady


The Iron Lady

Margaret Thatcher, Britain's first female prime minister, is navigating a career aimed at changing governance and politics rules. Starring:Michael Pennington, Julian Wadham, Iain Glen Creators:Abi Morgan




Twenty Two


Twenty Two

Throughout World War II, hundreds of thousands of women were coerced into sexual slavery in Japanese-occupied China.




Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz


Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz

A gripping biography of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving lead prosecutor in the trials in Nuremberg whose relentless search for justice changed the rule of law. Starring:Ben Ferencz




I Called Him Morgan


I Called Him Morgan

Decades after serving a jail sentence for murdering jazz musician Lee Morgan, Helen, his common-law wife, reflects on their lives and legacy.




The Sunshine Makers


The Sunshine Makers

Take a trip to watch the rise and fall of the 1960s drug counterculture icons Tim Scully and Nicholas Sand.




Smoke & Mirrors


Smoke & Mirrors

Betrayed once by the Spanish government, a former secret agent tries to steal millions of dollars embezzled by a corrupt official of the state. Starring:Eduard Fernández, José Coronado, Marta Etura




Viceroy's House


Viceroy's House

When Viceroy Lord Mountbatten arrived in Delhi in 1947 to oversee a transfer of power from Britain to India, war was raging between religious factions. Starring:Hugh Bonneville, Gillian Anderson, Manish Dayal




Manto


Manto

Indo-Pakistani author Saadat Hasan Manto, controversial and troubled, finds his artistic choices questioned by censors. Starring:Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, Tahir Raj Bhasin Creators:Nandita Das




Newtown


Newtown

This intimate portrait sheds light on the trauma that those affected by the 2012 massacre in Newtown, Connecticut have experienced and shown the strength.




The Angel


The Angel

While his country is preparing for war, top Egyptian official Ashraf Marwan is making contact with Israel and wading into a clandestine game of high-stakes spying. Starring:Marwan Kenzari, Hannah Ware, Toby Kebbell





I hope you were able to watch and enjoyed at least a few of some of the most riveting history documentaries streaming on Netflix right now.

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