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.

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
Best History Movies of 1996 : The Crucible
3.

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
4.

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
5.

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
6.

Some Mother's Son

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of the 1981 hunger strike in a British prison, in which IRA prisoner Bobby Sands led a protest against the treatment of IRA prisoners as criminals rather than as prisoners of war. The film focuses on the mothers of two of the strikers, and their struggle to save the lives of their sons.

Starring: Helen Mirren, Fionnula Flanagan, Aidan Gillen, David O'Hara, John Lynch, Tom Hollander, Ciarán Hinds, Geraldine O'Rawe, Tim Woodward, Gerard McSorley ..
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 1996-12-25
7.

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
8.

Ghosts of Mississippi

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Ghosts of Mississippi is a drama covering the final trial of the assassin, Bryon De La Beckwith, of the 60s civil rights leader Medgar Evers. It begins with the murder and the events surrounding the two initial trials which both ended in a hung jury. The movie then covers District Attorney, Bobby DeLaughters transformation and alliance with Myrlie Evers, wife of Medgar Evers, of the, as he becomes more involved with bringing Beckwith to trial for the third time 30 years later. Some of the characters are played by the actual participants in this story.

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
Best History Movies of 1996 : Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love
9.

Kama Sutra: A Tale of Love

3.3
6.0/10 IMDB

Tara and Maya are two inseparable friends in India. Their tastes, habits, and hobbies are the same. Years later, the two have matured, but have maintained their friendship. Tara gets married to the local prince, Raj Singh, who soon succeeds the throne as the sole heir. After the marriage, Raj gets bored of Tara and starts seeking another female to satisfy his sexual needs. He notices Maya and is instantly attracted to her. He has her included as one of his courtesans, and is intimate with her. Watch what happens when Tara finds out and the extent she will go to keep her marriage intact.

Starring: Indira Varma, Sarita Choudhury, Ramon Tikaram, Naveen Andrews, Rekha, Khalid Tyabji, Arundhati Rao, Surabhi Bhansali, Garima Dhup, Pearl Padamsee ..
Directed by: Mira Nair
Release date: 1996-09-11
Best History Movies of 1996 : Catherine the Great
10.

Catherine the Great

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

Trapped in a loveless arranged marriage to the immature future Czar, a young German Princess proves a skillful political infighter and rises to become Catherine the Great.

Starring: Catherine Zeta-Jones, Paul McGann, Ian Richardson, Brian Blessed, Christoph Waltz, Hannes Jaenicke, John Rhys-Davies, Agnès Soral, Veronica Ferres, Mel Ferrer ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky, John Goldsmith
Release date: 1996-04-27

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