Historical films try their best to be as accurate as possible. They match the costumes, props, set design, and more. But if you ask historians, some details are so inaccurate, it’s embarrassing. Just ask historians who watched the 2008 historical thriller, 10,000 BC. The film now has the reputation of being the most historically inaccurate movie ever produced.

Another love story in history

Filmmakers love to add romance to history. For example, the love story in Titanic didn’t actually happen. Pocahontas and John Smith didn’t fall in love quite like it’s portrayed in the Disney classic. But, as many filmmakers and screenwriters would argue, romance makes for a good film.

The same is true with 10,000 BC. The film is an action-packed love story set in a prehistoric era, in which a mammoth hunter must do everything in his power to save his kidnapped lover, played by Camilla Belle.

Look at all the historical inaccuracies

According to historians, the film has several historical inaccuracies. The film features woolly mammoths and saber-toothed tigers, both of which were fairly extinct by 10,000 BC. Other predators seen in the film, including carnivorous birds, were also extinct.

The film also presents a fairly advanced civilization — more so than what actually existed. The film’s setting shows pyramids, codified language, and an organized society. All these elements wouldn’t be developed until 3,000 BC.

How did this film get the facts so wrong?

Do your research

We’ll be the first to admit that it’s difficult to produce a spot-on, accurate historical film. Not everyone is a historian. But the majority of these inaccuracies could have been corrected through research.

To many critics, the movie lacked a careful execution of ideas, included fake props, and used unrealistic special effects. But if you strictly ask historians, the filmmakers should have brushed up on their history before tackling this project. But, it’s still pretty entertaining.