Best History Movies of 2002


Gangs of New York


It's 1863. America was born in the streets. Amsterdam Vallon returns to the Five Points of America to seek vengeance against the psychotic gangland kingpin, Bill the Butcher, who murdered his father years earlier. With an eager pickpocket by his side and a whole new army, Vallon fights his way to seek vengeance on the Butcher and restore peace in the area.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Daniel Day-Lewis, Cameron Diaz, Liam Neeson, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2002-12-14

Bloody Sunday


The dramatised story of the Irish civil rights protest march on January 30 1972 which ended in a massacre by British troops.

Starring: James Nesbitt, Allan Gildea, Gerard Crossan, Mary Moulds, Carmel McCallion
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2002-01-16

We Were Soldiers


The story of the first major battle of the American phase of the Vietnam War and the soldiers on both sides that fought it.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Greg Kinnear, Madeleine Stowe, Sam Elliott, Chris Klein
Directed by: Randall Wallace
Release date: 2002-03-01

Rabbit-Proof Fence


In 1931, three aboriginal girls escape after being plucked from their homes to be trained as domestic staff and set off on a trek across the Outback.

Starring: Everlyn Sampi, Tianna Sansbury, Laura Monaghan, Kenneth Branagh, David Gulpilil
Directed by: Phillip Noyce
Release date: 2002-02-04

K-19: The Widowmaker


When Russia's first nuclear submarine malfunctions on its maiden voyage, the crew must race to save the ship and prevent a nuclear disaster.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Liam Neeson, Peter Sarsgaard, Joss Ackland, John Shrapnel
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2002-07-19

The Importance of Being Earnest


Two young gentlemen living in 1890s England use the same pseudonym ("Ernest") on the sly, which is fine until they both fall in love with women using that name, which leads to a comedy of mistaken identities...

Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Oliver Parker
Release date: 2002-05-17

The Gathering Storm


A love story offering an intimate look inside the marriage of Winston and Clementine Churchill during a particularly troubled, though little-known, moment in their lives.

Starring: Albert Finney, Vanessa Redgrave, Jim Broadbent, Linus Roache, Lena Headey
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Release date: 2002-04-22

Muhammad: The Last Prophet

Muhammad: The Last Prophet
More than fourteen centuries ago, Mecca was filled with gambling, drunkenness, slavery, the mistreatment of women, and greed. The holy Ka'bah was littered with idol gods. Pilgrims came by the thousands to worship them. Quarysh, Mecca's ruling body, reveled in the their good fortune but cared little for the welfare of the pilgrims of Arabia.Against this dismal scene, a man named Muhammad (pbuh) retreated to a cave high above Mecca to pray. The events that transpired in that cave changed the course of human history.This is the story of the blessings of Muhammad (pbuh) - The Last Prophet.
Starring: Nicholas Kadi, Eli Allem, Catherine Lavine
Directed by: Richard Rich
Release date: 2002-11-08

Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar
Twenty year-old Julius Caesar flees Rome for his life during the reign of Sulla but through skill and ambition rises four decades later to become Rome's supreme dictator.
Starring: Jeremy Sisto, Richard Harris, Christopher Walken, Chris Noth, Valeria Golino
Directed by: Uli Edel
Release date: 2002-12-27

Evolution Of Rallying


Rallying - ordinary cars souped up to do extraordinary things. This film profiles the history of the sport from its semi-polite beginnings in the 1950s to the professional team-based competitions of the present-day. Famous rallying drivers such as like McRae, Makinen and Vatanen talk about the sport they love intercut with footage of cars literally driven to the limits

Release date: 2002-03-18

Out of the Blue

Out of the Blue
This documentary on The UFO Phenomenon aims to show that some UFOs may be extraterrestrial and that secrecy and ridicule are regularly employed to keep the truth about UFOs hidden.
Directed by: Tim Coleman, James Fox, Boris Zubov
Release date: 2002-07-22

Salem Witch Trials

Salem Witch Trials
The film recounts the sobering tale of how 19 innocent lives were taken in a community experiencing paranoid hysteria regarding the suspected - but unproved - presence of the occult in the small New England town.
Starring: Kirstie Alley, Henry Czerny, Gloria Reuben, Jay O. Sanders, Kristin Booth
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 2002-01-01


A film showing the struggles of Lapu-Lapu and how he defended Mactan, Cebu from the invading Spanish forces.
Starring: Lito Lapid, Dante Rivero, Joyce Jimenez, Vic Vargas, Mark Lapid
Directed by: William Mayo
Release date: 2002-12-25

Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection Director's Cut

Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection Director's Cut
Rurouni Kenshin: Reflection Director's Cut is the second OVA series of the Rurouni Kenshin anime television series edited into a feature film containing new scenes and music. The movie is set both during and after the timeline of the television series following Kaoru as she waits for Kenshin to return home while reminiscing about the past.
Starring: Mayo Suzukaze, Miki Fujitani
Directed by: Kazuhiro Furuhashi
Release date: 2002-09-10

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot

Anne Braden: Southern Patriot is a first person documentary about the extraordinary life of this American civil rights leader. Braden was hailed by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in his 1963 Letter from Birmingham Jail as a white southerner whose rejection of her segregationist upbringing was eloquent and prophetic. Ostracized as a red in the 1950s, she fought for an inclusive movement community and mentored three generations of social justice advocates. Braden’s story explores not only the dangers of racism and political repression but also the power of a woman’s life spent in commitment to social justice.
Directed by: Mimi Pickering, Anne Lewis
Release date: 2002-09-16

Manchester United: The Official History 1878-2002

Manchester United: The Official History 1878-2002
Manchester United Football Club started life as Newton Heath, a team founded by workers from the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway in 1878. Recounting the history of Manchester United. Honors soon followed and the first of seven First Division titles was won in 1908. With an FA Cup win the following year, and another league title two years later, Manchester United were firmly establishing themselves as a force in English football. The era of great success and tragedy under the inspirational management of Sir Matt Busby and the Busby Babes. Charlton, Best and Law won the European Cup. Sir Alex Ferguson built the team of the nineties that have gone on to win seven premiership titles over the last ten years. Built around home-grown talent and inspirational signings (such as Eric Cantona), United moved into an era of unrivalled success which culminated in the remarkable treble of 1999. Further championships followed in both 2000 and 2001.
Starring: Alex Ferguson, Arthur Albiston, Sir Matt Busby, Viv Anderson, Ron Atkinson
Release date: 2002-10-21

This Is the Last Dam Run of Likker I'll Ever Make

This Is the Last Dam Run of Likker I'll Ever Make
Following Tennessee moonshiner Popcorn Sutton as produces what he swears will be the last of his product.
Starring: Popcorn Sutton
Directed by: Neal Hutcheson
Release date: 2002-01-01



Joe Enders is a gung-ho Marine assigned to protect a "windtalker" - one of several Navajo Indians who were used to relay messages during World War II because their spoken language was indecipherable to Japanese code breakers.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Adam Beach, Peter Stormare, Noah Emmerich, Mark Ruffalo
Directed by: John Woo
Release date: 2002-06-14

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