Best History Movies of 1989

1.

Glory

5.6
7.8/10 IMDB

Robert Gould Shaw leads the US Civil War's first all-black volunteer company, fighting prejudices of both his own Union army and the Confederates.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Denzel Washington, Cary Elwes, Morgan Freeman, Jihmi Kennedy, Andre Braugher, John Finn, Donovan Leitch, JD Cullum, Bob Gunton ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1989-12-15
2.

Roger & Me

5.4
7.4/10 IMDB

A documentary about the closure of General Motors' plant at Flint, Michigan, which resulted in the loss of 30,000 jobs. Details the attempts of filmmaker Michael Moore to get an interview with GM CEO Roger Smith.

Starring: Michael Moore, Roger B. Smith, Rhonda Britton, Fred Ross ..
Directed by: Michael Moore
Release date: 1989-09-01
3.

Henry V

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Gritty adaption of William Shakespeare's play about the English King's bloody conquest of France.

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, James Larkin, Paul Scofield, Emma Thompson, Judi Dench, Simon Shepherd, James Simmons, Charles Kay ..
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Release date: 1989-10-05
Best History Movies of 1989 : For All Mankind
4.

For All Mankind

4.4
8.2/10 IMDB

A testament to NASA's Apollo program of the 1960s and '70s. Composed of actual NASA footage of the missions and astronaut interviews, the documentary offers the viewpoint of the individuals who braved the remarkable journey to the moon and back.

Starring: Jim Lovell, Russell Schweickart, Eugene Cernan, Michael Collins, Charles Conrad, Richard Gordon, Buzz Aldrin, John Young ..
Directed by: Al Reinert
Release date: 1989-11-01
Best History Movies of 1989 : Romero
5.

Romero

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

Romero is a compelling and deeply moving look at the life of Archbishop Oscar Romero of El Salvador, who made the ultimate sacrifice in a passionate stand against social injustice and oppression in his county. This film chronicles the transformation of Romero from an apolitical, complacent priest to a committed leader of the Salvadoran people.

Starring: Raúl Juliá, Richard Jordan, Ana Alicia, Eddie Velez, Alejandro Bracho, Tony Plana, Harold Gould, Lucy Reina, Al Ruscio, Tony Perez ..
Directed by: John Duigan
Release date: 1989-08-25
Best History Movies of 1989 : My Name Is Bill W.
6.

My Name Is Bill W.

3.6
7.3/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of Bill W. (James Woods), a successful stock broker whose life falls apart after the stock crash of the 20's and how he comes to grips with his alcoholism. Along with a fellow alcoholic (James Garner) he forms a support group that would eventually become Alcoholics Anonymous.

Starring: James Woods, JoBeth Williams, James Garner, Gary Sinise ..
Directed by: Daniel Petrie
Release date: 1989-04-30
Best History Movies of 1989 : Elephant
7.

Elephant

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A depiction of a series of violent killings in Northern Ireland.

Starring: Gary Walker, Bill Hamilton, Michael Foyle, Danny Small, Robert Taylor, Joe Cauley, Noel McGee, Patrick Condren, Andrew Downs, Terry Doyle ..
Directed by: Alan Clarke
Release date: 1989-02-13
8.

Scandal

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

An English bon-vivant osteopath is enchanted with a young exotic dancer and invites her to live with him. He serves as friend and mentor, and through his contacts and parties she and her friend meet and date members of the Conservative Party. Eventually a scandal occurs when her affair with the Minister of War goes public, threatening their lifestyles and their freedom.

Starring: John Hurt, Joanne Whalley, Bridget Fonda, Ian McKellen, Jeroen Krabbé, Leslie Phillips, Britt Ekland, Daniel Massey, Roland Gift, Jean Alexander ..
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Release date: 1989-03-03
9.

Fat Man and Little Boy

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

This film reenacts the Manhattan Project, the secret wartime project in New Mexico where the first atomic bombs were designed and built.

Starring: Paul Newman, Dwight Schultz, Bonnie Bedelia, John Cusack, Laura Dern, Ron Frazier, John C. McGinley, Natasha Richardson, Ron Vawter, Michael Brockman ..
Directed by: Roland Joffé
Release date: 1989-10-20
Best History Movies of 1989 : Day One
10.

Day One

3.1
7.4/10 IMDB

Hungarian physicist Leo Szilard leaves Europe, eventually arriving in the United States. With the help of Einstein, he persuades the government to build an atomic bomb. The project is given to no-nonsense Gen. Leslie Groves who selects physicist J. Robert Oppenheimer to head the Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico, where the bomb is built. As World War II draws to a close, Szilard has second thoughts about atomic weapons, and policy makers debate how and when to use the bomb.

Starring: Brian Dennehy, David Strathairn, Michael Tucker, Hume Cronyn, Richard Dysart, Hal Holbrook, Barnard Hughes, John McMartin, David Ogden Stiers, Anne Twomey ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1989-03-05

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