Best History Movies of 1996

1.

Michael Collins

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Michael Collins plays a crucial role in the establishment of the Irish Free State in the 1920s, but becomes vilified by those hoping to create a completely independent Irish republic.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea, Alan Rickman, Julia Roberts, Ian Hart, Brendan Gleeson, Stuart Graham, Sean McGinley, Charles Dance ..
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 1996-10-25
2.

The Crucible

4.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Based upon the play "The Crucible" by Arthur Miller (who wrote the screen adaptation), the Salem witch trials in 1692 plunge the Massachusetts Bay colony into chaos.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Paul Scofield, Joan Allen, Bruce Davison, Rob Campbell, Charlayne Woodard, Frances Conroy, Elizabeth Lawrence, Mary Pat Gleason ..
Directed by: Nicholas Hytner
Release date: 1996-11-27
3.

Evita

4.7
6.3/10 IMDB

The hit musical based on the life of Evita Duarte, a B-movie Argentinian actress who eventually became the wife of Argentinian president and dictator Juan Perón, and the most beloved and hated woman in Argentina.

Starring: Madonna, Antonio Banderas, Jonathan Pryce, Jimmy Nail, Victoria Sus, Julian Littman, Olga Merediz, Laura Pallas, Julia Worsley, María Luján Hidalgo ..
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1996-12-14
4.

Mary Reilly

4.3
5.8/10 IMDB

A housemaid falls in love with Dr. Jekyll and his darkly mysterious counterpart, Mr. Hyde.

Starring: Julia Roberts, John Malkovich, George Cole, Michael Gambon, Glenn Close, Kathy Staff, Michael Sheen, Bronagh Gallagher, Linda Bassett, Ciarán Hinds ..
Directed by: Stephen Frears
Release date: 1996-02-23
Best History Movies of 1996 : Sharpe's Siege
5.

Sharpe's Siege

4.0
8.0/10 IMDB

Sharpe, with his new commanding officer, is sent to capture a castle when news comes of locals who will rise against Bonaparte. However, he is somewhat distracted by thoughts of his wife whom he was forced to leave while stricken with fever.

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, James Laurenson, Féodor Atkine, Christian Brendel, Christopher Villiers, Amira Casar, Hugh Fraser, Peter Wear ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1996-05-08
6.

The Celluloid Closet

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

This documentary highlights the historical contexts that gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender individuals have occupied in cinema history, and shows the evolution of the entertainment industry's role in shaping perceptions of LGBT figures. The issues addressed include secrecy – which initially defined homosexuality – as well as the demonization of the homosexual community with the advent of AIDS, and finally the shift toward acceptance and positivity in the modern era.

Starring: Lily Tomlin, Tony Curtis, Susan Sarandon, Gore Vidal, Whoopi Goldberg, Antonio Fargas, Shirley MacLaine, John Schlesinger, Armistead Maupin, Arthur Laurents ..
Directed by: Rob Epstein, Jeffrey Friedman
Release date: 1996-01-30
Best History Movies of 1996 : Sharpe's Regiment
7.

Sharpe's Regiment

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Told his battalion is to be split up due to lack of recruits at home, Sharpe and Harper return to England to investigate. What should have been a simple query turns politically explosive as they come nearer to exposing profiteering on the home front that could jeopardize the Wellington's war.

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, Michael Cochrane, Caroline Langrishe, James Laurenson, John Tams, Nicholas Farrell, Julian Fellowes, Norman Rossington ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1996-05-01
Best History Movies of 1996 : Sharpe's Mission
8.

Sharpe's Mission

4.0
7.9/10 IMDB

Sharpe is teamed with a Colonel he helped promote and they are tasked to destroy a powder magazine, but an alliance with the French may threaten their success. Meanwhile, Jane is wearying of the army life and Harper and Ramona are at odds.

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Abigail Cruttenden, James Laurenson, Hugh A. Robertson, Mark Strong, John Tams, Hugh Fraser ..
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 1996-05-15
9.

Andersonville

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

This lengthy docudrama records the harrowing conditions at the Confederacy's most notorious prisoner-of-war camp. The drama unfolds through the eyes of a company of Union soldiers captured at the Battle of Cold Harbor, VA, in June 1864, and shipped to the camp in southern Georgia. A private, Josiah Day, and his sergeant try to hold their company together in the face of squalid living conditions, inhumane punishments, and a gang of predatory fellow prisoners called the Raiders.

Starring: Frederic Forrest, Jarrod Emick, Cliff DeYoung, William H. Macy, William Sanderson, Matt McGrath, Ted Marcoux, Carmen Argenziano, Frederick Coffin, Jan T?íska ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 1996-03-03
10.

Mother Night

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

An American spy behind the lines during WWII serves as a Nazi propagandist, a role he cannot escape in his future life as he can never reveal his real role in the war.

Starring: Nick Nolte, Sheryl Lee, Alan Arkin, Kirsten Dunst, Bernard Behrens, Anna Berger, Arye Gross, Norman Rodway, Frankie Faison, Gerard Parkes ..
Directed by: Keith Gordon
Release date: 1996-11-01

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