List of historical films set in Near Eastern and Western civilization
The historical drama or period drama is a film genre in which stories are based upon historical events and famous people. Some historical dramas are docudramas, which attempt an accurate portrayal of a historical event or biography, to the degree that the available historical research will allow. Other historical dramas are fictionalized tales that are based on an actual person and their deeds, such as Braveheart, which is loosely based on the 13th-century knight William Wallace's fight for Scotland's independence.
Due to the sheer volume of films included in this genre and in the interest of continuity, this list is primarily focused on films pertaining to the history of Near Eastern and Western civilization.
For films pertaining to the history of East Asia, Central Asia, and South Asia, please refer also to the List of historical films set in Asia.
Films set in the Stone Age (before 3300 BC)
Films set in the Bronze Age (3300–1200 BC)
Films set in the Iron Age (1200 BC–500 BC)
Films set in the Classical Era (500 BC – 600 AD)
Films set in the medieval era (600–1500)
Early Middle Ages (7th–10th centuries)
Films set in the 11th century
Films set in the 12th century
Films set in the 13th century
Films set in the 14th century
Films set in the 15th century
Renaissance era (1500–1700)
Films set in the 16th century
Films set in the 17th century
Films set in the industrial era (1700–1900)
Films set in the 18th century
Films set in the 19th century
Films set in the modern era (1900–1949)
Films set in the atomic era (1950–1999)
Films set in the information era (after 2000)
Lists of historical films
List of war films and TV specials
List of World War II films
List of films set in ancient Rome
List of films set in ancient Greece
List of films set in ancient Egypt
List of films based on Greco-Roman mythology
List of films featuring dinosaurs
List of films based on actual events
Lists of Western films
Middle Ages in film
List of films based on Arthurian legend
Asian period drama films
Albertz, Rainer (2003). Israel in Exile: The History and Literature of the Sixth Century B.C.E. Society of Biblical Literature. ISBN 9781589830554.
History on Film—A historian looks at how Hollywood has presented historical events in the films.
Fraser, George McDonald, The Hollywood History of the World, from One Million Years B.C. to 'Apocalypse Now', London: M. Joseph, 1988; "First U.S. ed.", New York: Beech Tree Books, cop. 1988. Both eds. collate thus: xix, 268 p., amply ill. (b&w photos). ISBN 0-7181-2997-0 (U.K. ed.), 0-688-07520-7 (U.S. ed.)
The Period-Drama Timeline—listing costume dramas according to the year in which they are set.
Enchanted Serenity of Period Films—A fansite dedicated to period films.
Period Movies and Dramas—listings of period films and costume dramas according to various criteria (century, subject, alphabetical, directors, and actors).
Recycled Movie Costumes—Site dedicated to documenting costumes used in more than one film
Frock Flicks—Blog and podcast about costumes in historical costume movies and TV shows.
Period Movies Box—Blog with information on latest period movies, exciting facts and honest reviews.