Best History Movies of 1996

1.

Citizen X

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of a Russian serial killer who, over many years, claimed victim to over 50 people. His victims were mostly under the age of 17. In what was then a communists state, the police investigations were hampered by bureaucracy, incompetence and those in power. The story is told from the viewpoint of the detective in charge of the case.

Starring: Stephen Rea, Donald Sutherland, Max von Sydow, Jeffrey DeMunn, Joss Ackland, John Wood, Imelda Staunton, Radu Amzulescu, András Bálint, Géza Balkay ..
Directed by: Chris Gerolmo
Release date: 1996-04-27
2.

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
3.

Basquiat

5.0
6.9/10 IMDB

The brief life of Jean Michel Basquiat, a world renowned New York street artist struggling with fame, drugs and his identity.

Starring: Jeffrey Wright, David Bowie, Dennis Hopper, Gary Oldman, Benicio del Toro, Claire Forlani, Michael Wincott, Parker Posey, Courtney Love, Tatum O'Neal ..
Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Release date: 1996-08-09
4.

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
5.

Ghosts of Mississippi

4.8
6.7/10 IMDB

In this film based on actual events, black activist Medgar Evers is murdered in 1963, and much of the evidence points toward white supremacist Byron De La Beckwith. However, after two trials, De La Beckwith is acquitted twice by a jury of whites. Now, decades later in 1989, Evers' widow, Myrlie, thinks she has evidence to finally convict him. But no lawyer will touch the case except the young and brash Bobby DeLaughter.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, James Woods, Virginia Madsen, Whoopi Goldberg, Craig T. Nelson, William H. Macy, Susanna Thompson, Lucas Black, Joseph Tello, Alexa PenaVega ..
Directed by: Rob Reiner
Release date: 1996-12-20
6.

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
7.

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
8.

Sharpe's Siege

4.0
7.9/10 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
9.

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
10.

Sharpe's Regiment

3.9
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

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