Best History Movies of 2003

1.

The Last Samurai

6.4
7.7/10 IMDB

Nathan Algren is an American hired to instruct the Japanese army in the ways of modern warfare, which finds him learning to respect the samurai and the honorable principles that rule them. Pressed to destroy the samurai's way of life in the name of modernization and open trade, Algren decides to become an ultimate warrior himself and to fight for their right to exist.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Ken Watanabe, William Atherton, Chad Lindberg, Billy Connolly, Tony Goldwyn, Shichinosuke Nakamura, Koyuki, Timothy Spall, Togo Igawa ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2003-12-05
2.

The Fog of War

5.7
8.1/10 IMDB

Using archival footage, United States Cabinet conversation recordings, and an interview of the 85-year-old Robert McNamara, THE FOG OF WAR depicts his life, from working as a WWII whiz kid military officer, to being the Ford Motor Company's president, to managing the American Vietnam War, as defense secretary for presidents Kennedy and Johnson.

Starring: Robert McNamara, Errol Morris, Fidel Castro, Barry Goldwater, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Curtis LeMay, Richard Nixon, Harry Reasoner, Franklin D. Roosevelt ..
Directed by: Errol Morris
Release date: 2003-12-09
3.

Seabiscuit

5.3
7.3/10 IMDB

True story of the undersized Depression-era racehorse whose victories lifted not only the spirits of the team behind it but also those of their nation.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, David McCullough, Chris Cooper, Tobey Maguire, Elizabeth Banks, Gary L. Stevens, William H. Macy, Royce D. Applegate, Eddie Jones, Chris McCarron ..
Directed by: Gary Ross
Release date: 2003-07-22
4.

Cold Mountain

5.3
7.2/10 IMDB

In this classic story of love and devotion set against the backdrop of the American Civil War, a wounded Confederate soldier named W.P. Inman deserts his unit and travels across the South, aiming to return to his young wife, Ada, who he left behind to tend their farm. As Inman makes his perilous journey home, Ada struggles to keep their home intact with the assistance of Ruby, a mysterious drifter sent to help her by a kindly neighbor.

Starring: Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Renée Zellweger, Eileen Atkins, Brendan Gleeson, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Natalie Portman, Emily Deschanel, Giovanni Ribisi, Donald Sutherland ..
Directed by: Anthony Minghella
Release date: 2003-12-24
5.

Shattered Glass

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

The true story of fraudulent Washington, D.C. journalist Stephen Glass, who rose to meteoric heights as a young writer in his 20s, becoming a staff writer at The New Republic for three years. Looking for a short cut to fame, Glass concocted sources, quotes and even entire stories, but his deception did not go unnoticed forever, and eventually, his world came crumbling down.

Starring: Hayden Christensen, Peter Sarsgaard, Chloë Sevigny, Rosario Dawson, Melanie Lynskey, Hank Azaria, Steve Zahn, Mark Blum, Chad Donella, Chad Donella ..
Directed by: Billy Ray
Release date: 2003-11-14
Best History Movies of 2003 : Luther
6.

Luther

4.7
6.6/10 IMDB

During the early 16th Century idealistic German monk Martin Luther, disgusted by the materialism in the church, begins the dialogue that will lead to the Protestant Reformation.

Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Jonathan Firth, Claire Cox, Alfred Molina, Peter Ustinov, Bruno Ganz, Uwe Ochsenknecht, Maria Simon, Mathieu Carrière, Benjamin Sadler ..
Directed by: Eric Till
Release date: 2003-10-29
7.

Saints and Soldiers

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Five American soldiers fighting in Europe during World War II struggle to return to Allied territory after being separated from U.S. forces during the historic Malmedy Massacre.

Starring: Larry Bagby, Alexander Polinsky, Kirby Heyborne, Corbin Allred, Ethan Vincent, Melinda Renee, Ruby Chase O'Neil, Jeff Birk, Ben Gourley, Chris Clark ..
Directed by: Ryan Little
Release date: 2003-09-11
8.

Ned Kelly

4.6
6.5/10 IMDB

After getting threatened by Kelly's friends and family, Constable Fitzpatrick places the blame on Ned Kelly and exaggerates what happened. With the biggest ever award available, Kelly and his gang set into the wild, to remain hidden from everyone who seeks them. Even if it means having his family arrested, the members of the Kelly Gang stay hidden and plan a way to get their names cleared.

Starring: Heath Ledger, Orlando Bloom, Geoffrey Rush, Naomi Watts, Joel Edgerton, Laurence Kinlan, Philip Barantini, Kerry Condon, Kris McQuade, Emily Browning ..
Directed by: Gregor Jordan
Release date: 2003-03-22
Best History Movies of 2003 : Hitler: The Rise of Evil
9.

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

4.5
7.3/10 IMDB

A unique slant, profiling the life of Adolf Hitler as a child and his rise through the ranks of the National German Workers' Party prior to World War II.

Release date: 2003-05-18
Best History Movies of 2003 : Hitler: The Rise of Evil
10.

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

The movie describes the life of Adolf Hitler from childhood to manhood, and his rise to power. From his poor childhood in Austria, the first world war from his point of view, we see how Hitler was transformed from a poor soldier into the leader of the Nazis, and how he survived all attempts to kill him. We learn of his relationship with his mistress Eva Braun, his decisions and of his enemies inside the Nazi party.

Release date: 2003-03-18

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