10 Hollywood Movies That Got Their History All Wrong

Hollywood Movies Got History Wrong:

We have talked about movies that got their science and logic wrong. But this list mentions the films that were historically inaccurate and made no sense. You will be surprised to see some masterpieces too that made these blunders. However, when have we ever looked for logic in movies? Movies are for fun and entertainment, so if a hero flies off buildings, we believe him. But it’s more fun when the big-budget movies get schooled for screwing up with the history. Without further ado, let us dive into the Hollywood movies that got their history all wrong.


Another massive and ridiculous blunder was made by the team of Bernie. The movie was based on the murder of the possessive Marjorie Nugent in 1996. Shockingly, none of the cast and crew realized that iPhones didn’t exist in 1996. They shamelessly used the iPhones as a prop in the otherwise fantastic movie.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows

Sherlock Holmes

When you are dealing with Sherlock Holmes, logic is of utmost importance. Even though, Sherlock switching the bullet with a lipstick was an ingenious plan, it was historically impossible. The adventures of Sherlock are based in the 19th Century while tube lipsticks were invented in 1915.

The Hurt Locker

Some historical errors are easy to ignore except a few blunders. Getting your facts checked is crucial while making movies based on historic events. In The Hurt Locker which was set in the Iraq War of 2004, Owen Eldridge spots a man filming him with a camera. To this, Owen jokes that it will be uploaded on YouTube. But YouTube was officially launched by the end of 2005.

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Pirates of the Caribbean was set in the 18th Century, that is long before Singapore was formed. Yet, movie shamelessly shows the characters visiting Singapore in the opening scene.

The Last Samurai

The Last Samurai encapsulates the events of Japan during the Meiji Restoration in the 19th century. So, Katsumoto’s village being attacked by ninjas seems impossible since they ceased to exist in the 17th century after the unification of Japan.

Back To The Future Part II

The excitement around the prom and Marty playing a guitar concealed a minor mistake. This scene takes place in 1955 as Marty visits his parent’s prom. He is seen playing the ES-345 Gibson guitar which wasn’t introduced until 1959.


Braveheart was a historical movie proudly representing the Scottish culture. The creative team did enough homework to embellish the film with the right props and costumes that highlight the Scottish history. So making the character wear kilts seemed the right thing to do. However, kilts were introduced in the 16th century and the movie belonged to the 13th century.


Though minor, not something we expected from the perfectionist James Cameron. In one of the scenes, Jack recalls his childhood days when he used to go fishing on Lake Wissota. Lake Wissota was formed in 1917, which is five years after the tragedy of the Titanic.

Django Unchained

One of the best movies by the mastermind, Quentin Tarantino had a teenie-tiny error in the timeline. Django depicts the early-1858 Texas and the snazzy sunglasses that Django wears came in the 20th century. It doesn’t matter much since those shades have become a signature prop of the movie.


The classic movie Troy was set in 13th or 12th BC. In one of the scenes, we can spot two llamas trekking in the market which seems quite impossible for that era. Llamas belonged to South America and did not have existed Western Turkey at that point of time.

Other honorable mentions are-

The Green Mile- John Coffey couldn’t be executed on the electric chair since the movie depicts 1935 Louisiana and the first execution took place in 1941.

Selma- President Lyndon B. Johnson’s office had the Resolute Desk used by many presidents of the White House. But the desk was removed after John F. Kennedy’s death and only retrieved during Jimmy Carter’s time.

Straight Outta Compton – Eazy-E sports his signature cap with the modern White Sox logo in the parts set in 1986 when the logo wasn’t introduced.

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