Best History Movies of 2001

1.

Black Hawk Down

6.2
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Eric Bana, Ewen Bremner, Sam Shepard, Tom Hardy, Charlie Hofheimer ..
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2001-12-28
2.

Enemy at the Gates

6.2
7.6/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, Ed Harris, Joseph Fiennes, Bob Hoskins, Ron Perlman, Eva Mattes, Gabriel Thomson, Matthias Habich, Alexander Schwan ..
Directed by: Jean-Jacques Annaud
Release date: 2001-03-14
3.

Pearl Harbor

5.6
6.2/10 IMDB

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, Alec Baldwin, Tom Sizemore, William Lee Scott, Greg Zola, Ewen Bremner ..
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2001-05-21
4.

Conspiracy

5.4
7.7/10 IMDB

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". Led 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, Brendan Coyle, Barnaby Kay, David Threlfall, Ben Daniels, Owen Teale ..
Directed by: Frank Pierson
Release date: 2001-05-19
5.

61*

4.6
7.8/10 IMDB

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, Chris Bauer, Jennifer Crystal Foley, Christopher McDonald, Haynes Brooke, Bob Gunton ..
Directed by: Billy Crystal
Release date: 2001-04-28
6.

Charlotte Gray

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

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, Robert Hands, Billy Crudup, Nicholas Farrell, Charlie Condou, Anton Lesser ..
Directed by: Gillian Armstrong
Release date: 2001-12-17
7.

Captain Corelli's Mandolin

4.4
5.9/10 IMDB

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, Gerasimos Skiadaresis, Aspasia Kralli, Mihalis Giannatos, Dimitris Kaberidis, Pietro Sarubbi ..
Directed by: John Madden
Release date: 2001-04-18
8.

To End All Wars

4.2
7.0/10 IMDB

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, Masayuki Yui, James Cosmo, Yugo Saso, John Gregg, Shû Nakajima ..
Directed by: David L. Cunningham
Release date: 2001-09-02
9.

Nuremberg

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Following the defeat of Germany in WWII, the Allies determine that there must be an accounting of German war crimes. Twenty-four Nazis, representative of all sections of military and civilian life are chosen to stand trial for the crimes of conspiracy to commit aggression, commission of aggression, crimes during war and crimes against humanity. The preparations for the trial, the trial itself and its aftermath are shown through the eyes of Chief Prosecutor Robert Jackson and through the eyes of Reichsmarshal Hermann Goering, the ranking Nazi defendant.

Starring: Alec Baldwin, Brian Cox, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Michael Ironside, Jill Hennessy ..
Directed by: Yves Simoneau
Release date: 2001-05-20
Best History Movies of 2001 : Uprising
10.

Uprising

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

In the Warsaw ghetto in 1943, Jews rise against the Nazis.

Starring: Leelee Sobieski, Hank Azaria, David Schwimmer, Jon Voight, Donald Sutherland, Stephen Moyer, Sadie Frost, Radha Mitchell, Mili Avital, Eric Lively ..
Directed by: Jon Avnet
Release date: 2001-01-01

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