History Buffs Rejoice: These 15+ Movies Nailed the Details

Movies get made about historical events all the time, but not all of them are accurate. When a movie does get it right, it can transport the audience back in time and open their eyes to the reality of the different historical periods. Here are some iconic films that have nailed the details when it comes to historical accuracy.

12 Years A Slave Was Shot On Historic Plantations

Hollywood has a history of rewriting the true stories of slavery in the United States, but 2013’s 12 Years a Slave did its best to stay accurate. The film is based on an adaptation of an 1853 slave memoir by Solomon Northup, which was co-edited in 1968 to check for accuracy.

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Actors Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong’o, Sarah Paulson, and others, played real people and the actors shot their scenes in historic plantations. The movie earned three Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Adapted Screenplay, and Best Supporting Actress (Nyong’o).