Top 10 Historical Films in Hollywood with the Highest Level of Accuracy

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When executed correctly, historical films have the ability to provide a unique glimpse into the past. Through intricate costume work and set design, viewers can be transported to a different era. Moreover, if the script remains faithful to the events it portrays, movies can often impart more knowledge about history than any book. These films capture the true essence of a particular time and place, making them some of the most historically accurate works of cinema.

Apollo 13 (1995)

The names of the first men to walk on the moon are well-known to all. However, for space enthusiasts seeking a detailed account of the astronauts’ journey, Apollo 13 is the ultimate go-to movie. The film has received high praise for its precision, from the design of the spaceship to the meticulous scene-by-scene reenactments. In fact, it is so accurate that retired astronaut Chris Hadfield gave it his seal of approval!

All the President’s Men (1976)

This movie provides a clear and comprehensive portrayal of the lengthy investigation into the Watergate Scandal that occurred during the presidency of Richard Nixon, the 37th President of the United States. It also offers a great overview of one of the most significant events in American political history. To guarantee the film’s accuracy, the producers consulted with the journalists and individuals involved in the investigation, paying close attention to even the smallest details of the scandal, including the physical appearances of the investigators.

Ford v Ferrari (2019)

The movie accurately portrays the compelling story of Ken Miles and the intense debates between Ford and Ferrari, which led to the 1966 Le Mans race. However, certain timelines had to be omitted to fit the typical two-hour film length. Apart from that, the film offers a thrilling portrayal of Ford’s journey to realizing its dream of becoming a racing powerhouse, staying true to reality to the best of its ability.

A Night to Remember (1958)

The movie Titanic and the love story of Jack and Rose are widely known. However, as a romance, the film is not entirely accurate. On the other hand, A Night to Remember provides an accurate portrayal of the tragic fate of the passengers aboard the Titanic. Produced in 1958 by William McQuitty, who witnessed the ship’s departure as a child, the movie is an authentic depiction of the events that occurred. As a witness to the incident, McQuitty was uniquely qualified to tell the story with great accuracy.

Gettysburg (1993)

Gettysburg accurately portrays the battles that occurred during the Civil War, considering the timeline and the events unfolding. However, like other historical movies, certain artistic liberties were taken. Regarded as a turning point in the Civil War, Gettysburg delves into the two opposing front lines, shedding light on the minute details often overlooked in historical accounts.

Fruitvale Station (2013)

Fruitvale Station depicts the final day of a young man who was killed by a police officer. To accurately portray this story, director Ryan Coogler conducted extensive research, consulting police records and speaking with the family members of Oscar Grant, the film’s subject. As a result, the events depicted in the movie closely align with a real-life tragedy.

127 Hours (2010)

The movie 127 Hours is a faithful portrayal of Mountaineer Aron Ralstone’s harrowing experience in a remote canyon in Utah. The story is based on true events, and the filmmakers did their best to stay accurate to the facts. In addition, actor James Franco’s impressive performance added an extra layer of authenticity to the film.

12 Years an enslaved person (2013)

The fact that 12 Years an enslaved person won three Academy Awards is indicative of its significant value beyond just being a movie. The film vividly depicts the harrowing experiences of enslaved people in American history. But unfortunately, its producers effectively and accurately portray slavery as it truly was, leaving no room for comfort or relief in the depiction of this tragic part of history.

Born on the Fourth of July (1989)

Born on the Fourth of July is known for its authenticity in portraying the raw emotions of a paralyzed Marine veteran named Ron Kovic, played by actor Tom Cruise. The film realistically depicts the struggles that only veterans could truly understand, which has garnered praise from both critics and viewers.

Downfall (2004)

The downfall is a film that portrays the final days of a notorious German politician whose history is marked by brutality. The movie aims to bring humanity to the politician’s image, drawing from the memoir of his private secretary, which adds to its accuracy. However, one might question the memoir’s honesty.

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