Although no movie is entirely historically accurate due to creative liberties, some come awfully close. Directors and actors do their research, whether it’s on the slave trade, NASA protocol, or how immigrants were treated back in 1863, New York, making films as historically accurate as possible is no small matter.
And while documentaries might be a good way to understand history, there’s nothing quite like the dramatization of movies such as Gangs of New York or the critically acclaimed film Hidden Figures. Whether the film depicts historical figures, specific periods, or significant events, history buffs are going to want to make a note to watch these films.
12 Years A Slave
The critically acclaimed film 12 Years a Slave is based on the memoir of the same name by Solomon Northup. Living in upstate New York as a free African-American years before the start of the Civil War, Northup is kidnapped and brought down south to Louisana. There, he works on a plantation as a slave for 12 years.
This film dives into the harsh reality that was southern slavery during the war. Director Steve McQueen didn’t sugarcoat the history that goes along with the subject matter; instead, he illustrates the brutality of the time. Of course, a scholar on the topic, Henry Louis Gates Jr., was brought in as a consultant.