A cinematic timeline

Our history through cinema

Jesus of Nazareth

Birth of Jesus.
0036

Peter and Paul

Conversion of Paul of Tarsus.
0062

The Sign of the Cross

Great fire of Rome.
0079

The Last Days of Pompeii

Pompeii is destroyed when Vesuvius erupts.
0168

Gladiator

Roman Emperor Marc Aurelius begins his 12-year campaign against the barbarian tribes.
0208

Red Cliff

Cao Cao launched his attack on the Yangtze River with 800,000 soldiers and 2,000 ships.
0337

The Da Vinci Code

Constantine the Great, emperor of Rome, converted to Christianity on his deathbed.
0434

Attila

Attila and his Huns tribes seriously threaten the Roman Empire.
0452

King Arthur

Artorius and his knights join the Woads in defending the Hadrian’s Wall against invading Saxons.
0460

The Last Legion

Aurelius returns to Rome where he becomes the sworn protector of the young Romulus Augustus Caesar, the new emperor of the ruined Roman Empire.
0610

The Message

Muhammad dictates the Koran.
0756

Princess Yang Kwei-Fei

The Empress chooses to sacrifice herself to save the Emperor.
0850

The Vikings

Ragnar the Viking is wreaking havoc in England.
0928

Curse of the Golden Flower

The emperor of the Tang Dynasty returns home to find his own family who rebels against him.
1040

Macbeth

King Duncan I is assassinated by Macbeth.
1099

El Cid

Rodrigo Diaz of Bivar, El Cid, stopped the invasion of Spain by the Muslim Moors under Ben Yussuf by rallying the Spanish armies to fight.
1155

Genghis Khan

Birth of Temüjin who will become the first Mongol emperor under the name of Genghis Khan.
1186

Kingdom of Heaven

Balian helps King Baldwin IV defend the city between the second and third crusades.
1242

Alexander Nevsky

Battle of Lake Peipus.
1271

Marco the Magnificent

Marco Polo goes to Beijing to meet the Mongol Emperor Kubilai Khan.
1314

Braveheart

Robert The Bruce leads the Scots against the English to win their freedom.
1348

Black Death

The Black Death begins.
1375

Musa

The Ming lords overthrow the Mongol emperor of the Yuan Dynasty, which governs China.
1431

The Passion of Joan of Arc

Joan of Arc is burned at the stake for heresy.
1492

1492 : Conquest of Paradise

Land seen from the Pinta.
1508

The Agony and the Ecstasy

Michelangelo paints the Sistine Chapel for Julius II.
1517

Luther

Martin Luther nails on Castle Church’s door the 95 revolutionary theses that will begin the Protestant Reformation.
1590

Shakespeare in Love

Shakespeare falls in love with Viola De Lesseps.
1607

Pocahontas

Ships carrying John Smith and others land in Virginia.
1634

Black Robe

Father Laforgue, discovering the Huron nation decimated by scarlet fever, baptizes the remaining members, but the Iroquois defeat them in battle soon after.
1692

The Crucible

John and Lizzy Proctor, along with several others, are convicted of witchcraft and put to death because of a scandal.
1750

The Mission

Jesuit missions.
1757

The Last of the Mohicans

During the French and Indian War, the last of the Mohicans tries to save Cora and Alice Munro from the Hurons.
1758

Creation

Darwin writes about the difference between pigeons.
1781

The Patriot

British General Lord Charles Cornwallis retires after being defeated at the Guilford Courthouse by 4,500 soldiers and militia of the Continental Army under the command of US Major General Nathanael Greene.
1787

The Bounty

Fletcher Christian leads a mutiny on his Majesty’s Armored Vessel and places Lieutenant William Bligh and several other men adrift in the Pacific Ocean.
1791

Amadeus

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart dies.
1792

The French Revolution

The terrible years of the French Revolution with the execution of Robespierre.
1796

Jane

Jane Austen works on Pride and Prejudice.
1804

War and Peace

Napoleon Bonaparte was crowned Napoleon I, the first Frenchman to hold the title of Emperor in a thousand years.
1807

Amazing Grace

Act on the slave trade passed in Parliament thanks, among others, to William Wilberforce. Slavery is abolished throughout the British Empire.
1827

Immortal Beloved

Ludwig van Beethoven dies.
1839

Amistad

A mutiny occurs on a slave ship heading to northeastern America.
1842

Young Mr. Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln marries Mary Todd.
1846

Gangs of New York

Priest Vallon is killed by Butcher Bill.
1861

Glory

Robert Gould Shaw joins the 7th New York militia.
1862

Anna and the King

The King of Siam falls in love with the widowed British teacher Anna Leonowens.
1864

Cold Mountain

The siege of Petersburg.
1867

The Assassination of Jesse James

The James Gang begins.
1876

The Last Samurai

Captain Nathan Algren arrives in Japan.