Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World
Though the plot of Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is nearly entirely fictional, the production value is what makes it a stand-out among historical adaptations. Though the characters aren't real people, and the main battle actually never took place, the costumes, set, and prop designs are award-worthy.
Realistic 1800s Ships
Before this film, the screen had never seen such accurate colonial costumes or ships in a film before. The naval battle scenes are nearly exactly how author Patrick O'Brian described them in the novel the film is based on. The sea captain uniforms are so precise and accurate, you'll feel like you're back in the 1800s while you're watching this film from 2003.