Best History Movies of 1994


Ed Wood


The mostly true story of the legendary "worst director of all time", who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1994-09-27

Quiz Show


Quiz Show is a 1994 American historical drama film which tells the true story of the Twenty One quiz show scandal of the 1950s.

Starring: John Turturro, Rob Morrow, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Scofield, David Paymer
Directed by: Robert Redford
Release date: 1994-08-25

The Madness of King George


King George III's erratic behaviour leads to a plot in Parliament to have him declared insane and removed from the throne.

Starring: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Ian Holm, Rupert Graves, Amanda Donohoe
Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
Release date: 1994-12-28

Sharpe's Company

Sharpe's Company
Spain 1812 The Duke of Wellington plans to lay siege to Badajoz. A murderous figure from Sharpe's past uses a beautiful woman revenge himself on Sharpe, now the father of her child. Sharpe has reason to be happy, he holds his daughter for the first time and is given command of the Light Company again, together with his captaincy. But will his happiness be short lived?
Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Hugh Fraser, Michael Byrne, Pete Postlethwaite
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1994-05-25

Sharpe's Enemy

Sharpe's Enemy
Portugal 1813. A band of deserters, including Sharpe's old enemy, Obadiah Hakeswill, have captured two women, one the wife of a high-ranking English officer, and are holding them hostage for ransom. Sharpe is given the 60th Rifles and a Rocket troop, as well as his majority to rescue the women. But while Sharpe may be able to deal with his old enemy, he has yet to face a newer threat, the French Major Duclos.
Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Hugh Fraser, Pete Postlethwaite, Assumpta Serna
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1994-06-01

Against the Wall

Against the Wall
Based on the true story of the Attica Prison uprising of 1971.
Starring: Kyle MacLachlan, Samuel L. Jackson, Clarence Williams III, Frederic Forrest, Harry Dean Stanton
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1994-01-01

Princess Caraboo

Princess Caraboo
Bristol, England, early 19th century. A beautiful young stranger who speaks a weird language is tried for the crime of begging. But when a man claims that he can translate her dialect, it is understood that the woman is a princess from a far away land. She is then welcomed by a family of haughty aristocrats that only wants to heighten their prestige. However, the local reporter is not at all convinced she is what she claims to be and investigates. Is Caraboo really a princess?
Starring: Jim Broadbent, Phoebe Cates, Kevin Kline, Stephen Rea, John Lithgow
Directed by: Michael Austin
Release date: 1994-09-16



A dramatic retelling of the life of Michel de Nostredame, from his early work as a plague doctor to his time at the court of Catherine de Medici, after he became famed for his prophetic almanacs. Stars Rutger Hauer and Julia Ormond.

Starring: Tchéky Karyo, F. Murray Abraham, Rutger Hauer, Amanda Plummer, Julia Ormond
Directed by: Roger Christian
Release date: 1994-01-01

Master of Zen

Master of Zen
China's most famous martial arts film is a spellbinding blend of kung fu action and Buddhist mythology. Set in the first century in India, a prince is troubled by visions and a desire to master the ways of Buddha. After his father dies, he forsakes the throne to become a monk and, after studying Buddhism for sixty years, travels to China to preach Zen and teaches the Shaolin monks the exercises that become the foundation of
Starring: Derek Yee Tung-Sing, Fan Siu-Wong
Directed by: Brandy Yuen
Release date: 1994-02-25


A documentary that explores the life styles of various otakus in Japan. Various interviews are given to selected otakus who express how interesting it is to be an otaku as oppose to not being one at all. Along with various shots of various Japanese city landscapes and the inside of an average otaku home from rooms filled with videos, models, and the latest in technology.
Starring: Sion Sono, Kyôko Nakamura, Kato Noriko, Miri Uchida, Akio Nakamori
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Beineix, Jackie Bastide
Release date: 1994-12-01


In this inspiring tale from the book of Genesis, young shepherd Jacob (Matthew Modine) falls in love with and wants to marry Rachel (Lara Flynn Boyle), the daughter of his Uncle Laban (Giancarlo Giannini). Lacking a dowry, Jacob toils seven years as his uncle's indentured servant to win Rachel's hand. But calculating Laban dupes him into another seven years of labor. Irene Papas portrays Jacob's iron-willed mother.
Starring: Matthew Modine, Lara Flynn Boyle, Sean Bean, Joss Ackland, Juliet Aubrey
Directed by: Peter Hall
Release date: 1994-12-04

Doomsday Gun

Doomsday Gun
Dr Gerald Bull was a genius at designing and building superguns (very large long range guns capable of shooting at ranges more than 100 miles). When an operational plan by the CIA to export sanctioned arms to apartheid-South Africa through him was exposed, the CIA denied all knowledge and he went to jail. He was later released, and moved to Belgium to start a subsidiary, of which a major project was to help Saddam Hussein build a new supergun capable of firing over 500 miles.
Starring: Frank Langella, Kevin Spacey, Clive Owen, James Fox
Directed by: Robert Young
Release date: 1994-07-23

David Macaulay: Roman City

David Macaulay: Roman City
The glories of Ancient Rome are explored in ROMAN CITY, based on David Macaulay's acclaimed book. This animated and live-action video recounts life in Verbonia, a fictional city in Gaul. A well-planned town with all modern conveniences, it is threatened by conflict between conquerors and conquered. Macaulay also visits Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Nimes, Orange, and Rome, to view actual Roman architecture and engineering greatness.
Starring: David Macaulay, Ian McKellen, Derek Jacobi, Brian Blessed, John Sessions
Directed by: Larry Klein
Release date: 1994-02-15

The Forgotten Force


After the atomic obliteration of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, over 36,000 Australian men and women, part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force (BCOF), marched onto Japanese soil. They were assigned the toughest and most dangerous area of Japan: Hiroshima Prefecture, which included the atom-bombed city. The Forgotten Force tells for the first time the story of Australia's role in Japan. Rare archival and private footage, photographs and eyewitness accounts from both sides vividly recreate the atmosphere of post-war Japan - the horror of Hiroshima and its aftermath; the struggle to build a new "democratic" society while under the heel of military rule; the growth from suspicion and fear to friendship and trust between foes.

Starring: Hugo Weaving
Directed by: Raymond Quint
Release date: 1994-04-04

The Clinton Scandals

The Clinton Scandals
This 1994 doc takes on new relevance as Hillary's reputation once again comes under scrutiny. Her use of a private server containing state secrets is one mistake in a long line of murky, unexplained dealings. Will these most recent leaks be the final nail in the coffin?
Starring: Bill Clinton
Directed by: Tony Jones
Release date: 1994-01-01

Paul Robeson: 20th Century Renaissance Man, Entertainer & Activist

Paul Robeson: 20th Century Renaissance Man, Entertainer & Activist
Paul Robeson was a celebrated African-American Actor, Athlete, Singer, Writer, and Civil Rights Activist. Robeson's many achievements are chronicled in this program, ranging from playing with the NFL to graduating from Columbia Law School, performing on Broadway and in Hollywood films to founding the American Crusade against Lynching as well as Council on African Affairs. Robeson was one of the most talented performers of his time and a dedicated humanitarian who ultimately sacrificed fame and fortune for what he believed in. His association with Leftist Politics during the era of the Cold War, and frequent denouncing of American political parties led to his eventual blacklisting with other prominent writers and artists during the McCarthy Era. His talents in all areas are remarkable, and his dedication to attaining a peaceful coexistence between all the people of the world is truly admirable.
Starring: Paul Robeson
Directed by: Rex Barnett
Release date: 1994-01-01

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