Hollywood has often opted to tell real-life stories of thrilling historical events and turn them into hit movies. Here are three little known historical events perfect for a big-budget movie.

Schloss Itter in Austria. Setting of the Battle for Castle Itter, a historical movie idea for Hollywood.
Schloss Itter in Austria. Setting of the Battle for Castle Itter, a historical movie idea for Hollywood. Photo from Svíčková on Wikimedia Commons.

Historical Hollywood Movie Idea #1: The Battle for Castle Itter

We start with the historical event that inspired me to write this article. I just finished a book called The Last Battle about this event and the men involved in it.

The Battle for Castle Itter was the last battle of World War II as the name suggests. It was a battle where a German battalion and the American army fought against the Waffen-SS in a castle. Castle Itter is located in the Austrian Tyrol Mountains. It was being used to house many high level French hostages. These included two former prime ministers and a tennis star, among others.

Hollywood could follow the story of the Croatian electrician, Zvonimir Čučković. He is the man who let the Americans know about the hostages. I can just imagine the possible tension as Čučković tries not to be discovered doing this. All this leading to the climax of the movie, which would be the battle itself.

A perfect Hollywood villain is there in Sebastian Wimmer, the leader of the castle’s SS detail. He was a historical figure who was almost cartoonishly evil. He was previously the day to day operator of two concentration camps, including Dachau. He also had a tendency to get into rages when drunk. He fled a few days before the battle but he is the perfect villain for a story like this. Maybe producers could stretch the truth a little and keep him around until the end of the movie.

Historical Hollywood Movie Idea #2: Samuel Slater’s History-changing Heist

The historical time period may be boring to many people but the Industrial Revolution has interesting stories of its own. This one represents industrial spying. It also has the added bonus of being a period where not much ground has been covered by Hollywood.

Samuel Slater is often considered the father of the Industrial Revolution in America. A movie, however, could be based on his escape from Britain. His story is that he stole British textile secrets and brought them to the United States. He then created the first American textile mill in Rhode Island.

Spy and heist films are very popular in Hollywood and setting the movie in this genre would work very well. The movie could follow Slater as he plans his theft, leading to the climactic heist and his escape.

Historical Hollywood Movie Idea #3: The Maryland 400 and the Battle of Brooklyn

The last stand is a trope that is very much loved in Hollywood war movies. The Maryland 400 is a movie idea that is very much in this vein. They are one of the most important groups of soldiers in American history. This is because they saved the Continental Army from defeat in 1776.

The historical event this movie would cover would be the Battle of Brooklyn. The historical context of this is that in 1776, the Revolution was not going well. General Washington has been pushed around Manhattan for quite awhile. The Battle of Brooklyn was another massive defeat. The Maryland 400 held open an escape route to allow the main force to escape under cover of fog. The 400 survived but suffered heavy casualties, in the process.

Hollywood could very easily turn this into a movie about a last stand. For instance, the movie could focus on the battle as the subject matter. The climax would come as the battle is lost and the 400 stay to keep open the retreat. It’s ripe with opportunity to manipulate the audiences emotions. This is a historical movie that Hollywood could pull off as a modern, historically version of the movie 300. It is a historical story that is integral to American independence. Yet is hardly known at all.


In conclusion, Hollywood has many historical events it can make movies about. They don’t have to make a story about D-Day for the umpteenth time. There are many lesser known historical events that should be better known. Hollywood has the power to make these historical movies, while earning major box office cash, and they should.