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Updated by Lars Henriksen on Sep 16, 2016
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Best historic fiction movies

What is the impact of fiction on our conception of history? A list of influential - not necessarily historical correct - historic fiction movies for history students to compare with other sources.

Flame and Citron (2008)

9 wins & 15 nominations. See more awards " During Nazi occupation, red-headed Bent Faurschou-Hviid ("Flame") and Jørgen Haagen Schmith ("Citron"), assassins in the Danish resistance, take orders from Winther, who's in direct contact with Allied leaders. One shoots, the other drives. Until 1944, they kill only Danes; then Winther gives orders to kill Germans.

Maximus is a powerful Roman general, loved by the people and the aging Emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Before his death, the Emperor chooses Maximus to be his heir over his own son, Commodus, and a power struggle leaves Maximus and his family condemned to death.

The Patriot (2000)

Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 8 wins & 17 nominations. See more awards " It is 1776 in colonial South Carolina. Benjamin Martin, a French-Indian war hero who is haunted by his past, now wants nothing more than to live peacefully on his small plantation, and wants no part of a war with the most powerful nation in the world, Great Britain.

In April of 1945, Germany stands at the brink of defeat with the Soviet Armies closing in from the west and south. In Berlin, capital of the Third Reich, Adolf Hitler proclaims that Germany will still achieve victory and orders his Generals and advisers to fight to the last man.

The Imitation Game (2014)
Directed by Morten Tyldum. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech. During World War II, mathematician Alan Turing tries to crack the enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians.