Best History Movies of 2001

1.

Black Hawk Down

6.2

When U.S. Rangers and an elite Delta Force team attempt to kidnap two underlings of a Somali warlord, their Black Hawk helicopters are shot down, and the Americans suffer heavy casualties, facing intense fighting from the militia on the ground.

Starring: Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs, Tom Sizemore, William Fichtner
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2001-12-28
2.

Enemy at the Gates

6.2

A Russian and a German sniper play a game of cat-and-mouse during the Battle of Stalingrad.

Starring: Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 2001-03-14
3.

Pearl Harbor

5.5

The lifelong friendship between Rafe McCawley and Danny Walker is put to the ultimate test when the two ace fighter pilots become entangled in a love triangle with beautiful Naval nurse Evelyn Johnson. But the rivalry between the friends-turned-foes is immediately put on hold when they find themselves at the center of Japan's devastating attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.

Starring: Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett, Kate Beckinsale, Cuba Gooding Jr., Jon Voight
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2001-05-21
4.

Conspiracy

5.4

The historical recreation of the 1942 Wannsee Conference, in which Nazi and SS leaders gathered in a Berlin suburb to discuss the "Final Solution to the Jewish Question". Lead by SS-General Reinhard Heydrich, this group of high ranking German officials came to the historic and far reaching decision that the Jews of Europe were to be exterminated in what would come to be known as the Holocaust.

Starring: Kenneth Branagh, Stanley Tucci, Colin Firth, Tom Hiddleston, Ian McNeice
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Release date: 2001-05-19
5.

61*

4.6

In 1961, Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle played for the New York Yankees. One, Mantle, was universally loved, while the other, Maris, was universally hated. Both men started off with a bang, and both were nearing Babe Ruth's 60 home run record. Which man would reach it?

Starring: Barry Pepper, Thomas Jane, Anthony Michael Hall, Richard Masur, Bruce McGill
Directed by: Billy Crystal
Release date: 2001-04-28
6.

Uprising

3.7
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Jews rise up in the Warsaw Ghetto against the Nazis in 1943.
Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland
Directed by: Jon Avnet
Release date: 2001-01-01
7.

The Lost Battalion

3.6

Fact-based war drama about an American battalion of over 500 men which gets trapped behind enemy lines in the Argonne Forest in October 1918 France during the closing weeks of World War I. Based on a true story, The Lost Battalion is set in 1918 during the final months of WWI. Assigned to capture an enemy stronghold in Charlvaux at the height of the Argonne campaign, the men of the AEF 308th Battalion, 77th Division, are led by young American major Charles Whittlesey, an inexperienced but dedicated "citizen soldier." Totally cut off from the other allied troops, unaware of their vulnerability, and barraged by "friendly fire," the 500-plus men of the 308th bravely hold their position, suffering incredible losses and unspeakable deprivations in the process -- while the battalion's superior officers, far from the firing line, callously prepare to write off the men as expendable casualties.

Starring: Ricky Schroder, Phil McKee, Jamie Harris, Jay Rodan, Adam James
Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Release date: 2001-12-02
8.

To End All Wars

3.6

Based on a real-life story, this drama focuses on a small group of Allied soldiers in Burma who are held captive by the Japanese. Capt. Ernest Gordon (Ciaran McMenamin), Lt. Jim Reardon (Kiefer Sutherland) and Maj. Ian Campbell (Robert Carlyle) are among the military officers kept imprisoned and routinely beaten and deprived of food. While Campbell wants to rebel and attempt an escape, Gordon tries to take a more stoic approach, an attitude that proves to be surprisingly resonant.

Starring: Ciarán McMenamin, Robert Carlyle, Kiefer Sutherland, Sakae Kimura, Mark Strong
Directed by: David L. Cunningham
Release date: 2001-09-02
9.

Charlotte Gray

3.5

This is a drama set in Nazi-occupied France at the height of World War II. Charlotte Gray tells the compelling story of a young Scottish woman working with the French Resistance in the hope of rescuing her lover, a missing RAF pilot. Based on the best-selling novel by Sebastian Faulks.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, James Fleet, Abigail Cruttenden, Charlotte McDougall, Rupert Penry-Jones
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Release date: 2001-12-17
10.

Attila

3.5

A romanced story of Attila the Hun, since his childhood, when he lost his parents until his death. Attila is disclosed as a great leader, strategist and lover and the movie shows his respect to the great Roman strategist Flavius Aetius, his loves and passions, the gossips, intrigues and betrayals in Rome, all of these feelings evolved by magic and mysticism.

Release date: 2001-01-01
11.

The Affair of the Necklace

3.1

In pre-Revolutionary France, a young aristocratic woman left penniless by the political unrest in the country, must avenge her family's fall from grace by scheming to steal a priceless necklace.

Starring: Hilary Swank, Simon Baker, Christopher Walken, Hayden Panettiere, Jonathan Pryce
Directed by: Charles Shyer
Release date: 2001-11-20
12.

Boycott

3.0
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This made-for-TV movie dramatizes the historic boycott of public buses in the 1950s, led by civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Starring: Jeffrey Wright, Terrence Howard, CCH Pounder, Carmen Ejogo, Reg E. Cathey
Directed by: Clark Johnson
Release date: 2001-02-24
13.

The Bunker

3.0

In 1944, in the Belgian - German border, seven German soldiers survive an American attack in the front and lock themselves in a bunker to protect the position. Under siege by the enemy and with little ammunition, they decide to explore underground tunnels to seek supplies and find an escape route. While in the tunnel, weird things happen with the group.

Starring: Jason Flemyng, Andrew Tiernan, Christopher Fairbank, Simon Kunz, Andrew-Lee Potts
Directed by: Rob Green
Release date: 2001-09-14
14.

All The Queen's Men

2.9

A mismatched team of British Special Services agents led by an American must infiltrate, in disguise, a female-run Enigma factory in Berlin and bring back the decoding device that will end the war.

Starring: Matt LeBlanc, Eddie Izzard, James Cosmo, Nicolette Krebitz, David Tristan Birkin
Directed by: Stefan Ruzowitzky
Release date: 2001-10-14
15.

The Concert for New York City

2.4
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The Concert for New York City took place on October 20, 2001 at Madison Square Garden. It was a celebration of the strength of New York and a thank-you to the heroic firefighters, police officers and rescue workers who saved tens of thousands of lives on September 11th. More than 6000 firefighters, police officers and rescue workers attended as guests.
Starring: Billy Joel, David Bowie, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Paul McCartney
Directed by: Louis J. Horvitz, Woody Allen, Edward Burns, Ric Burns, Christian Charles, Spike Lee, Martin Scorsese, Jerry Seinfeld, Kevin Smith
Release date: 2001-10-20
16.

The Roman Empire in the First Century

1.7
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Two thousand years ago, at the dawn of the first century, the ancient world was ruled by Rome. Through the experiences, memories and writings of the people who lived it, this series tells the story of that time - the emperors and slaves, poets and plebeians, who wrested order from chaos, built the most cosmopolitan society the world had ever seen and shaped the Roman empire in the first century A.D.
Starring: Sigourney Weaver
Directed by: Lyn Goldfarb, Margaret Koval
Release date: 2001-01-01
17.

1000 Marys

0.0
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An exploration of iconography of the Virgin Mary from Early Christian to Modern painting. The way your eye would travel over a single painting, the camera travels over hundreds of images of Mary, discovering the many ways artists have revered her smile, hands, eyes, and the baby Jesus himself.
Directed by: Christina Gruppuso
Release date: 2001-01-05
18.

Organized Crime: A World History

0.0
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ORGANIZED CRIME: A WORLD HISTORY travels the globe to get an insider's view of some of the most active, dangerous and diabolical criminal syndicates in existence. The five episodes in this documentary each focus on a different region, examining the conditions that helped create these groups, talking to law enforcement specialists about how they are being fought, and relating true stories of famous cases.
Release date: 2001-01-01
19.

In the Time of the Butterflies

0.0

In the Time of the Butterflies is inspired by the true story of the three Mirabal sisters who, in 1960, were murdered for their part in an underground plot to overthrow the government.

Starring: Salma Hayek, Edward James Olmos, Mía Maestro, Demián Bichir, Pilar Padilla
Directed by: Mariano Barroso
Release date: 2001-10-21
20.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

0.0

When a Greek fisherman leaves to fight with the Greek army during WWII, his fiancee falls in love with the local Italian commander. The film is based on a novel about an Italian soldier's experiences during the Italian occupation of the Greek island of Cephalonia (Kefalonia), but Hollywood made it into a pure love story by removing much of the "unpleasant" stuff.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Penélope Cruz, John Hurt, Christian Bale, Irene Papas
Directed by: John Madden
Release date: 2001-04-18

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