Christopher Nolan’s latest film, the biographical drama Oppenheimer, has already achieved mass critical acclaim with a current 93% Rotten Tomatoes score. Oppenheimer is based on the 2005 biography, American Prometheus, by Kai Bird and Martin J. Sherwin and follows American theoretical physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer during World War II as he and his team design the atomic bomb leading to the world’s first ever nuclear explosion.

Oppenheimer is led by a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy, Florence Pugh, Robert Downey Jr., Emily Blunt, Rami Malek, Matt Damon, Josh Hartnett, Jack Quaid, Josh Peck, David Dastmalchian, Tom Conti, Devon Bostick, Emma Dumont, Matthias Schweighöfer, Gary Oldman, and Benny Safdie (to name a few!).

After watching Oppenheimer, here are 18 more movies to check out highlighting important historical figures and pivotal moments in various eras.

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Cast: Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Paul Bettany, Ed Harris, Josh Lucas, Adam Goldberg, Vivien Cardone, Christopher Plummer, Bryce Dallas Howard, Austin Pendleton, Judd Hirsch, Anthony Rapp

Synopsis: “A biopic of the meteoric rise of John Forbes Nash Jr., a math prodigy able to solve problems that baffled the greatest of minds. And how he overcame years of suffering through schizophrenia to win the Nobel Prize.”

Where to watch: Prime Video, Starz

Chevalier (2022)

Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr., Samara Weaving, Lucy Boynton, Minnie Driver, Alex Fitzalan, Marton Csokas, Sian Clifford, Ronke Adekoluejo, Jessica Boone, Henry Lloyd-Hughes

Synopsis: “Inspired by the incredible true story of composer Joseph Bologne, Chevalier de Saint-Georges. The illegitimate son of an African slave and a French plantation owner, Bologne (Kelvin Harrison Jr.) rises to improbable heights in French society as a celebrated violinist-composer and fencer, complete with an ill-fated love affair and a falling out with Marie Antoinette (Lucy Boynton) and her court.”

Where to watch: Hulu

Darkest Hour (2017)

Cast: Gary Oldman, Lily James, Kristin Scott Thomas, Ben Mendelsohn, Stephen Dillane, Ronald Pickup, Joe Armstrong, Malcolm Storry, Samuel West, Mary Antony, David Strathairn

Synopsis: “In May 1940, the fate of World War II hangs on Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on knowing that it could mean the end of the British Empire.”

Where to watch: Netflix, Vudu

Elizabeth (1998)

Cast: Cate Blanchett, Geoffrey Rush, Joseph Fiennes, Christopher Eccleston, Tim Bevan, Richard Attenborough, Hayley Burroughs, Daniel Craig, Eric Cantona, Vincent Cassel, Emily Mortimer, Amanda Ryan, Fanny Ardant

Synopsis: “The early years of the reign of Elizabeth I of England and her difficult task of learning what is necessary to be a monarch.”

Where to watch: Prime Video, Starz

First Man (2018)

Cast: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Patrick Fugit, James R. Hansen, Corey Stoll, Lukas Haas, Kyle Chandler, Pablo Schreiber, Ethan Embry, Connor Blodgett, Christopher Abbott, Ciarán Hinds, Olivia Hamilton

Synopsis: “A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.”

Where to watch: Prime Video, Vudu

Harriet (2019)

Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Leslie Odom Jr., Janelle Monáe, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Joe Alwyn, Omar J. Dorsey, Henry Hunter Hall, Zackary Momoh, Deborah Ayorinde, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Jennifer Nettles, Alexis Louder, Zackary Momoh, Aria Brooks, Tim Guinee, Clarke Peters

Synopsis: “The extraordinary tale of Harriet Tubman’s escape from slavery and transformation into one of America’s greatest heroes, whose courage, ingenuity, and tenacity freed hundreds of slaves and changed the course of history.”

Where to watch: HBO, Hulu, Max

Hidden Figures (2016)

Cast: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Glen Powell, Kirsten Dunst, Jim Parsons, Mahershala Ali, Aldis Hodge, Kimberly Quinn

Synopsis: “The story of a team of female African-American mathematicians who served a vital role in NASA during the early years of the U.S. space program.”

Where to watch: Disney+, FXNOW

The Imitation Game (2014)

Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Allen Leech, Mark Strong, Charles Dance, Matthew Beard, Rory Kinnear, Alex Lawther, James Northcote

Synopsis: “During World War II, the English mathematical genius Alan Turing tries to crack the German Enigma code with help from fellow mathematicians while attempting to come to terms with his troubled private life.”

Where to watch: Max, Netflix

The Iron Lady (2011)

Cast: Meryl Streep, Jim Broadbent, Olivia Colman, Alexandra Roach, Harry Lloyd, Susan Brown, Iain Glen, Roger Allam, Anthony Head, Richard E. Grant, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Nicholas Farrell

Synopsis: “Meryl Streep is Margaret Thatcher in this insightful and intimate portrait of the first and only female Prime Minster of the United Kingdom.”

Where to watch: Hulu

Lincoln (2012)

Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Tommy Lee Jones, Sally Field, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Hal Holbrook, James Spader, David Strathairn, Jared Harris, Lee Pace, Jeremy Strong, Adam Driver, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael Stuhlbarg, Joseph Cross, Gloria Reuben, Walton Goggins, Peter McRobbie, Tim Blake Nelson, Bruce McGill

Synopsis: “As the American Civil War continues to rage, America’s president struggles with continuing carnage on the battlefield as he fights with many inside his own cabinet on the decision to emancipate the slaves.”

Where to watch: Apple TV, Prime Video, Vudu

Malcolm X (1992)

Cast: Denzel Washington, Spike Lee, Angela Bassett, Delroy Lindo, Albert Hall, Giancarlo Esposito, Theresa Randle, Lonette McKee, Ossie Davis, Terence Blanchard

Synopsis: “Biographical epic of the controversial and influential Black Nationalist leader, from his early life and career as a small-time gangster, to his ministry as a member of the Nation of Islam and his eventual assassination.”

Where to watch: TNT, TruTV

Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom (2013)

Cast: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Terry Pheto, Riaad Moosa, Tony Kgoroge, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Deon Lotz, Fana Mokoena

Synopsis: “A chronicle of Nelson Mandela’s life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.”

Where to watch: Prime Video, Vudu

Milk (2008)

Cast: Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, James Franco, Emile Hirsch, Diego Luna, Dustin Lance Black, Alison Pill, Victor Garber, Cleve Jones, Joseph Cross, Lucas Grabeel

Synopsis: “The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.”

Where to watch: HBO, Hulu, Max

On the Basis of Sex (2018)

Cast: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer, Justin Theroux, Kathy Bates, Jack Reynor, Paul Spera, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterston, Chris Mulkey, Stephen Root, Wendy Crewson

Synopsis: “The true story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, her struggles for equal rights, and the early cases of a historic career that lead to her nomination and confirmation as U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice.”

Where to watch: Apple TV, Vudu

Radioactive (2019)

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Yvette Feuer, Aneurin Barnard, Simon Russell Beale, Corey Johnson, Tim Woodward, Ariella Glaser, Cara Bossom, Siân Brooke, Edward Davis

Synopsis: “The incredible true story of Marie Sklodowska-Curie and her Nobel Prize-winning work that changed the world.”

Where to watch: Prime Video

Selma (2014)

Cast: David Oyelowo, Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr., Tim Roth, Lorraine Toussaint, Common, Carmen Ejogo, Niecy Nash, Tom Wilkinson, Tessa Thompson, Stephan James, Nigel Thatch, LaKeith Stanfield, Wendell Pierce, Stephen Root, Jeremy Strong, André Holland, Dylan Baker

Synopsis: “A chronicle of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s campaign to secure equal voting rights via an epic march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in 1965.”

Where to watch: Paramount+, Prime Video

The Theory of Everything (2014)

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Charlie Cox, Emily Watson, Tom Prior, David Thewlis, Simon McBurney, Abigail Cruttenden, Harry Lloyd, Gruffudd Glyn

Synopsis: “The Theory of Everything is the story of the most brilliant and celebrated physicist of our time, Stephen Hawking, and Jane Wilde the arts student he fell in love with whilst studying at Cambridge in the 1960s.”

Where to watch: Google Play, Prime Video

The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Jeremy Strong, Sacha Baron Cohen, Mark Rylance, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, John Carroll Lynch, Frank Langella, Alex Sharp, Michael Keaton, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Seth Rogen, Ben Shenkman

Synopsis: “What was intended to be a peaceful protest at the 1968 Democratic National Convention turned into a violent clash with police and the National Guard. The organizers of the protest—including Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale—were charged with conspiracy to incite a riot and the trial that followed was one of the most notorious in history.”

Where to watch: Netflix


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