Sunday, May 28, 2023

List: Top 3 U.S. Historical Event Movies

This week on Episode 233 of the InSession Film Podcast, inspired by Kathryn Bigelow’s Detroit, which depicts a real-life historical event, we decided to talk about our favorite movies that have depicted other U.S. historical events over the years. There have been countless films to tackle this particular topic, showcasing U.S. history from the 1700’s all the way through modern day, so there was a lot to consider here. On that note, what movies would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours:

**Please keep in mind that we each had different criteria for our selections**


1) United 93
2) Selma
3) Born on the Fourth of July


1) Zodiac
2) The Battle of Algiers
3) The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford


1) Lincoln
2) Reds
3) All the Presidents Men

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Zero Dark Thirty, The Big Short, The Patriot, Saving Private Ryan, Milk, Miracle, 12 Years a Slave, Captain Phillips, BLack Hawk Down, Apollo 13, The Social Network, Spotlight, Bonnie and Clyde, Argo, All Quiet on the Western Front, Grapes of Wrath, Twelve O’Clock High, Remember the Titans, Frost/Nixon, JFK, Titanic, Good Night and Good Luck, Forrest Gump

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. If you’re a fan of Nolan like we are, this list was pretty difficult to narrow down. There are so many great scenes that reflect his directing style, depending on what speaks to you the most. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

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For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duran
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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