Best History Movies of 2003


The Last Samurai

7.8/10 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

Cold Mountain

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

The Fog of War

8.1/10 IMDB

Using archival footage, 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 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

Mona Lisa Smile

6.5/10 IMDB

The story of Katherine Ann Watson, a feminist teacher who studied at UCLA graduate school and in 1953 left her boyfriend behind in Los Angeles, California to teach at Wellesley College, a conservative women's private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, United States.

Starring: Julia Roberts, Kirsten Dunst, Julia Stiles, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ginnifer Goodwin, Topher Grace, Dominic West, Taylor Roberts, Juliet Stevenson, Marcia Gay Harden ..
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 2003-12-19


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

Shattered Glass

7.2/10 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

Saints and Soldiers

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
Best History Movies of 2003 : Luther


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

Gods and Generals

6.2/10 IMDB

The film centers mostly around the personal and professional life of Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, a brilliant if eccentric Confederate general, from the outbreak of the American Civil War until its halfway point.

Starring: Stephen Lang, Jeff Daniels, Robert Duvall, Kevin Conway, C. Thomas Howell, Jeremy London, Matt Letscher, Brian Mallon, Bo Brinkman, Bruce Boxleitner ..
Directed by: Ronald F. Maxwell
Release date: 2003-02-21

Ned Kelly

6.4/10 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

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

7.2/10 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

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

7.2/10 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

Hitler: The Rise of Evil

7.2/10 IMDB

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

Starring: Peter Stormare, Friedrich von Thun, Peter O'Toole, Zoe Telford, Terence Harvey, Robert Carlyle, Matthew Modine, Liev Schreiber ..
Directed by: Christian Duguay
Release date: 2003-05-27
Best History Movies of 2003 : The Gospel of John

The Gospel of John

7.7/10 IMDB

A word for word depiction of the life of Jesus Christ from the Good News Translation Bible as recorded in the Gospel of John.

Starring: Christopher Plummer, Henry Ian Cusick, Stuart Bunce, Daniel Kash, Stephen Russell, Alan van Sprang, Diana Berriman, Richard Lintern, Scott Handy, Lynsey Baxter ..
Directed by: Philip Saville
Release date: 2003-09-11
Best History Movies of 2003 : Orwell Rolls in His Grave

Orwell Rolls in His Grave

8.0/10 IMDB

Has America entered an Orwellian world of doublespeak where outright lies can pass for truth? The country's leading intellectuals discuss and examine the mix of businesses, politics and ideology that is the mainstream media.

Starring: Charles Lewis, Robert McChesney, Mark Crispin Miller, Bernie Sanders, Danny Schechter, Vincent Bugliosi, Dennis Kucinich, Mark Lloyd, Michael Moore, John Nichols ..
Directed by: Robert Kane Pappas
Release date: 2003-10-23
Best History Movies of 2003 : Song for a Raggy Boy

Song for a Raggy Boy

7.5/10 IMDB

William Franklin is a teacher who was born in Ireland and moved to the United States only to repatriate in 1939 after his leftist political views cause him to lose his job. Franklin becomes the first non-cleric instructor at St. Jude's, a school for wayward boys run by Brother John, who is a firm believer in strong discipline.

Starring: Aidan Quinn, Iain Glen, Marc Warren, Dudley Sutton, Alan Devlin, Stuart Graham, Bernard Manning, John Travers, Chris Newman, Andrew Simpson ..
Directed by: Aisling Walsh
Release date: 2003-01-19
Best History Movies of 2003 : Hornblower: Loyalty

Hornblower: Loyalty

8.0/10 IMDB

Hornblower must deliver a French nobleman to a secret rendezvous near Brest, all while coping with enemy agents in his own ranks.

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann, Lorcan Cranitch, Tony Haygarth, Julia Sawalha, Paul Copley, Sean Gilder, Greg Wise, Ian McElhinney ..
Directed by: Andrew Grieve
Release date: 2003-01-05
Best History Movies of 2003 : Hornblower: Duty

Hornblower: Duty

7.9/10 IMDB

Admiral Pellew interrupts Hornblower's wedding reception and tasks him to locate a British ship which has disappeared off the French coast, where Napoleon's troops are engaged in covert activities.

Starring: Ioan Gruffudd, Robert Lindsay, Paul McGann, Ron Cook, Lorcan Cranitch, Tony Haygarth, Julia Sawalha, Barbara Flynn, Paul Copley, Sean Gilder ..
Directed by: Andrew Grieve
Release date: 2003-01-06

Festival Express

7.4/10 IMDB

The filmed account of a large Canadian rock festival train tour boasting major acts. In the summer of 1970, a chartered train crossed Canada carrying some of the world's greatest rock bands. The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, Buddy Guy, and others lived (and partied) together for five days, stopping in major cities along the way to play live concerts. Their journey was filmed.

Starring: Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel, Robbie Robertson, Janis Joplin, Jon Bauman, Richard Bell, Jerry Garcia, Delaney Bramlett ..
Directed by: Bob Smeaton, Frank Cvitanovich
Release date: 2003-09-19

Path to War

7.3/10 IMDB

A powerful drama of soaring ambition and shattered dreams that takes a provocative insider's look at the way the USA goes to war—as seen from inside the LBJ White House leading up to and during the Vietnam War.

Starring: Michael Gambon, Donald Sutherland, Alec Baldwin, Bruce McGill, Philip Baker Hall, Tom Skerritt, Gary Sinise, Reed Diamond, Felicity Huffman, Diana Scarwid ..
Directed by: John Frankenheimer
Release date: 2003-10-28
Best History Movies of 2003 : Henry VIII

Henry VIII

7.1/10 IMDB

Henry VIII is a two-part British television movie produced principally by Granada Television for ITV. It chronicles the life of Henry VIII of England from the disintegration of his first marriage to an aging Spanish princess until his death following a stroke in 1547, by which time he had married for the sixth time. Additional production funding was provided by WGBH Boston, Powercorp and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Starring: Ray Winstone, Joss Ackland, Sid Mitchell, Charles Dance, Mark Strong, David Suchet, Helena Bonham Carter, Assumpta Serna, Thomas Lockyer, William Houston ..
Directed by: Pete Travis
Release date: 2003-10-12

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 1: The Moab Story

6.7/10 IMDB

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of 92 suitcases found around the world - 92 being the atomic number of the element Uranium. The project includes three feature films, a TV series, 92 DVDs, CD-ROMs, and books.

Starring: JJ Feild, Caroline Dhavernas, Jordi Mollà, Steven Mackintosh, Raymond J. Barry, Scot Williams, Drew Mulligan, Yorick van Wageningen, Jack Wouterse, Naím Thomas ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2003-05-24
Best History Movies of 2003 : The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

6.1/10 IMDB

Based on the controversial novel by Philippa Gregory, "The Other Boleyn Girl" is a fictionalised account of the life of Lady Mary Boleyn who becomes mistress to England's king, Henry VIII, before being ousted by her younger sister, Anne. Mary leaves the Court to marry a commoner, but returns when Anne embarks on a reckless policy to save herself from ruin.

Starring: Natascha McElhone, Jodhi May, Jared Harris, Steven Mackintosh, Philip Glenister, Jack Shepherd, John Woodvine, Ron Cook, Anthony Howell, Jane Gurnett ..
Directed by: Philippa Lowthorpe
Release date: 2003-03-28

And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself

6.5/10 IMDB

In 1914, the Mexican revolutionary Pancho Villa invites studios to shoot his actual battles against Porfírio Diaz army to raise funds for financing guns and ammunition. The Mutual Film Corporation, through producer D.W. Griffith, interests for the proposition and sends the filmmaker Frank Thayer to negotiate a contract with Pancho Villa himself.

Starring: Antonio Banderas, Eion Bailey, Alan Arkin, Jim Broadbent, Matt Day, Michael McKean, Kyle Chandler, Alexa Davalos, Colm Feore, Anthony Stewart Head ..
Directed by: Bruce Beresford
Release date: 2003-09-07

The Lion in Winter

7.0/10 IMDB

King Henry II (Patrick Stewart) keeps his wife, Eleanor (Glenn Close) locked away in the towers because of her frequent attempts to overthrow him. With Eleanor out of the way he can have his dalliances with his young mistress (Yuliya Vysotskaya). Needless to say the queen is not pleased, although she still has affection for the king. Working through her sons, she plots the king's demise and the rise of her second and preferred son, Richard (Andrew Howard), to the throne. The youngest son, John (Rafe Spall), an overweight buffoon and the only son holding his father's affection is the king's choice after the death of his first son, young Henry. But John is also overly eager for power and is willing to plot his father's demise with middle brother, Geoffrey (John Light) and the young king of France, Phillip (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). Geoffrey, of course sees his younger brother's weakness and sees that route as his path to power. Obviously political and court intrigue ensues

Starring: Glenn Close, Patrick Stewart, Andrew Howard, Antal Konrád, Rafe Spall, John Light, Soma Marko, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Yuliya Vysotskaya, Clive Wood ..
Directed by: Andrei Konchalovsky
Release date: 2003-12-26
Best History Movies of 2003 : Unlikely Heroes

Unlikely Heroes

7.8/10 IMDB

For most, the idea of Jewish resistance or defiance during the Holocaust is limited to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising and a few isolated acts throughout WWII. "Unlikely Heroes", narrated by Sir Ben Kingsley, highlights 7 previously unknown stories of extraordinary men and women who exemplified the highest levels of courage and human dignity during the most desperate days of the Holocaust.

Starring: Robert Clary, Ben Kingsley ..
Directed by: Richard Trank
Release date: 2003-09-03
Best History Movies of 2003 : The Pentagon Papers

The Pentagon Papers

6.5/10 IMDB

This compelling political drama is based on the true story of high-ranking Pentagon official Daniel Ellsberg, who, during the Nixon era, strove to preserve American democracy by leaking top-secret documents to the New York Times and Washington Post. The documents in question would eventually become famous as the Pentagon Papers, which revealed the true reasons for U.S. involvement in Vietnam.

Starring: James Spader, Claire Forlani, Paul Giamatti, Alan Arkin, Kenneth Welsh, Maria del Mar, Aaron Ashmore, Jonas Chernick ..
Directed by: Rod Holcomb
Release date: 2003-03-09
Best History Movies of 2003 : Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

Broadway: The Golden Age, by the Legends Who Were There

8.3/10 IMDB

Broadway: The Golden Age is the most important, ambitious and comprehensive film ever made about America's most celebrated indigenous art form. Award-winning filmmaker Rick McKay filmed over 100 of the greatest stars ever to work on Broadway or in Hollywood. He soon learned that great films can be restored, fine literature can be kept in print - but historic Broadway performances of the past are the most endangered. They leave only memories that, while more vivid, are more difficult to preserve. In their own words — and not a moment too soon — Broadway: The Golden Age tells the stories of our theatrical legends, how they came to New York, and how they created this legendary century in American theatre. This is the largest cast of legends ever in one film.

Starring: Edie Adams, Bea Arthur, Alec Baldwin, Kaye Ballard, Bryan Batt, Betsy Blair, Jim Borstelmann, Tom Bosley, Marlon Brando, Carol Burnett ..
Directed by: Rick McKay
Release date: 2003-01-01
Best History Movies of 2003 : Byron


7.0/10 IMDB

Life and adventures of lord George Gordon Byron. BBC dramatization of the poet's final thirteen years

Starring: Jonny Lee Miller, Natasha Little, Vanessa Redgrave, Camilla Power, Julie Cox, Stephen Campbell Moore, Sally Hawkins, Branka Kati?, Philip Glenister, Julian Firth ..
Directed by: Julian Farino
Release date: 2003-09-27
Best History Movies of 2003 : Augustus: The First Emperor

Augustus: The First Emperor

6.2/10 IMDB

Caesar Augustus tells of how he became the emperor to his reluctant daughter, Julia following the death of her husband Agrippa.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Charlotte Rampling, Vittoria Belvedere, Benjamin Sadler, Ken Duken, Russell Barr, Juan Diego Botto, Martina Stella, Valeria D'Obici, Michele Bevilacqua ..
Directed by: Roger Young
Release date: 2003-11-30
Best History Movies of 2003 : Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution

Peter and Paul and the Christian Revolution

7.0/10 IMDB

Two thousand years ago, in the Roman province of Judea, Jesus was crucified by imperial troops. Thousands before him had suffered the same fate. But unlike his predecessors on the cross, Jesus did not disappear from history. Instead, his memory was kept alive by a small band of Jews - men and women who held fast to their conviction that Jesus was the Messiah.

Starring: Salome Jens ..
Directed by: Michael Chin
Release date: 2003-04-09
Best History Movies of 2003 : Bonhoeffer


7.2/10 IMDB

Dramatic documentary about the young German pacifist and theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer who resisted the Nazi regime and was hanged two weeks before World War II was over.

Directed by: Martin Doblmeier
Release date: 2003-06-19
Best History Movies of 2003 : Sex at 24 Frames Per Second

Sex at 24 Frames Per Second

6.1/10 IMDB

Directed by Kevin Burns, this documentary from Playboy Home Video examines the oftentimes tense relationship between sex, women, and popular Hollywood culture. With a particular focus given to Marilyn Monroe, Jayne Mansfield, Jean Harlow, and Sharon Stone, Sex at 24 Frames Per Second studies the role of female sexuality in film throughout the years. ~ Tracie Cooper, Rovi

Starring: Brandy Snow, Ingrid Pitt, Raquel Welch, Hugh Hefner, Patty Duke, Camille Paglia, Gloria Steinem, Shannon Tweed, Burt Reynolds, Paul Verhoeven ..
Directed by: Kevin Burns, Steven C. Smith
Release date: 2003-09-23
Best History Movies of 2003 : Pompeii: The Last Day

Pompeii: The Last Day

7.1/10 IMDB

In 79 AD, one of the infamous natural disasters in human history occurred when Mount Vesuvius erupted. With speculative dramatizations of various inhabitants' final hours along with detailed documentation of the known facts concerning the eruption, the horrific day is vividly brought to life.

Starring: George Antoni, Rachel Atkins, Omar Berdouni, Emily Canfor-Dumas, Alisdair Simpson, Tim Pigott-Smith, Jim Carter, Jonathan Firth, Rebecca Clarke, Martin Hodgson ..
Directed by: Peter Nicholson
Release date: 2003-10-20
Best History Movies of 2003 : Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion

Teddy Roosevelt: An American Lion

8.5/10 IMDB

This thorough documentary covers the life of President Theodore Roosevelt, from his birth until his death.

Starring: Richard Dreyfuss, Alan M. Crane, Kent Hautanen, Edward Herrmann ..
Directed by: David De Vries
Release date: 2003-05-27

Peter Jennings Reporting: The Kennedy Assassination - Beyond Conspiracy

7.0/10 IMDB

Forty years after the assassination of John F. Kennedy, more than 80% of Americans still believe that Lee Harvey Oswald did not act alone. This documentary attempts to separate fact from conspiracy theories to get to the truth, employing stunning forensic technology that makes it possible for the first time to be an eyewitness to this crime of the century – to see precisely what happened that November day in Dallas.

Starring: John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Dale K. Myers, Robert Dallek, Robert Goldberg, Theodore Sorensen, Nicholas Katzenbach, Abraham Zapruder, John Connally, Lyndon B. Johnson ..
Directed by: Mark Obenhaus
Release date: 2003-11-22
Best History Movies of 2003 : The Good Pope

The Good Pope

7.0/10 IMDB

Angelo Roncalli, born in Sotto Il Monte in 1881, is known for his profound spirituality as well as his extraordinary goodness from the young years of his life. When he feels a need to serve God, Angelo goes to study theology in Bergamo, and in Apollinare School (Rome) and becomes a priest. During his studies, he gets to know his two dearest friends, Mattia and Nicola. Very soon, most people see marvelous talents in him, including his wide knowledge and a constant readiness for sacrifice. The Holy See makes him go further to bishop and cardinal, and the Holy Father sends him to various places as a representative of the Church. When Pius XII dies on October, the 9th, 1958, 77 year-old Angelo goes to Rome, to conclave to choose a new pope. However, this time, it is him who hears gentle words of Jesus "Tu es Petrus!" ("You are Peter!") and from October, the 28th leads the church as pope John XXIII

Starring: Bob Hoskins, Carlo Cecchi, Roberto Citran, Fabrizio Vidale, Sergio Bini Bustric, Francesco Venditti, Rolando Ravello, John Light, Francesco Carnelutti, Lena Lessing ..
Directed by: Ricky Tognazzi
Release date: 2003-01-28
Best History Movies of 2003 : Martin Luther

Martin Luther

7.1/10 IMDB

Learn how one man reluctantly took on the most powerful institution of his day and won. Martin Luther is credited with expounding a new vision of man's relationship with God and, by extension, a redefinition of man's relationship with authority. Filmed across Europe -- from the rustic rural Germany to the opulence of the Vatican City -- you'll witness the collapse of the medieval world and the birth of the modern age.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Timothy West ..
Directed by: Cassian Harrison
Release date: 2003-07-09
Best History Movies of 2003 : The Piano Man's Daughter

The Piano Man's Daughter

6.2/10 IMDB

Terrified of passing on the madness that runs in his family, Charlie Kilworth (Christian Campbell) stays away from relationships that could lead to marriage and children. Meanwhile, his grandparents (R.H. Thomson and Wendy Crewson) are debating whether to put his mother (Stockard Channing) into a mental institution. Whoopi Goldberg shares producing credits on this generational drama adapted from the acclaimed novel by Timothy Findley.

Starring: Wendy Crewson, Christian Campbell, Marnie McPhail, R. H. Thomson, Sarah Strange, Boyd Banks, Stockard Channing, Susan Coyne, Chris Wiggins, Joel Keller ..
Directed by: Kevin Sullivan
Release date: 2003-09-22


5.3/10 IMDB

The Celtic queen who shook the Roman Empire. Boudica is one of history’s first and fiercest women warriors. Sickened by ceaseless war, the king of the Iceni accepts a treaty with the Romans in exchange for his tribe’s continued independence. But oppressively high taxes impoverish the tribe and soon the Romans want something more — slaves. Refusing to submit, the Romans, led by the greedy and psychotic Emperor Nero, move to crush the Iceni and control their lands. Drawing on the strength of her warriors, mystical druidic powers, and her own pain, Boudica unites the historically fractious tribes of Briton to unleash a stunning onslaught on the Roman colonial camps. The ferocity of Boudica’s attacks will shake the foundations of the Roman empire and make her a legend.

Starring: Alex Kingston, Steven Waddington, Emily Blunt, Leanne Rowe, Ben Faulks, Hugo Speer, Angus Wright, Gideon Turner ..
Directed by: Bill Anderson
Release date: 2003-10-12
Best History Movies of 2003 : Cleopatra


5.9/10 IMDB

A group of archaeologists, members of a sect that worships ancient Egypt, working from a sample of her DNA, attempt to bring back to life the beautiful Cleopatra.

Starring: Julia Taylor, Bobbi Eden, Rita Faltoyano, Sandra Russo, Lucie Theodorova, Jessica May, Laura Angel, Robert Rosenberg, Steve Hooper, Nick Lang ..
Directed by: Antonio Adamo
Release date: 2003-10-01


6.4/10 IMDB

An exquisite period piece that skillfully explores the intersections of sex, race and politics takes place in 18th century South Africa, telling the passionate (true) story of two men caught in an unjust system rife with racism, homophobia and cruelty.

Starring: Rouxnet Brown, Neil Sandilands, Shaun Smyth, Kristen Thomson, Tessa Jubber, Terry Norton, Adrienne Pearce, Robin Smith, Deon Lotz, Grant Swanby ..
Directed by: John Greyson, Jack Lewis
Release date: 2003-09-07
Best History Movies of 2003 : Kitty Hawk - The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention

Kitty Hawk - The Wright Brothers' Journey of Invention

8.2/10 IMDB

With boundless perseverance and ingenuity, aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright work to bring their vision to the skies, culminating in the first successful manned flight in December 1903. Astronauts Neil Armstrong and John Glenn read aloud from the brothers' writings as dramatic flight footage illustrates their famed accomplishments.

Release date: 2003-05-15
Best History Movies of 2003 : Stealing Sinatra

Stealing Sinatra

5.6/10 IMDB

In need of a grubstake, a young man convinces a couple of friends to help him kidnap Frank Sinatra Jr. It's a true story

Starring: David Arquette, William H. Macy, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Sam McMurray, Eric Johnson, Ryan Browning, Michael Coristine, Gillian Barber, Matthew Bennett, Deanna Milligan ..
Directed by: Ron Underwood
Release date: 2003-01-24
Best History Movies of 2003 : Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion

Shattered City: The Halifax Explosion

6.7/10 IMDB

A true story about the tragic explosion at Halifax Harbour, Canada, in the early hours of December 6, 1917.

Starring: Vincent Walsh, Ted Dykstra, Shauna MacDonald ..
Directed by: Bruce Pittman
Release date: 2003-10-26


5.4/10 IMDB

An exploration into the nature of stupidity in Western society and its history of our perception of it.

Starring: George W. Bush, Noam Chomsky, John Cleese, Coolio, Drew Curtis, David Lawrence, Bill Maher, Michael Moore, Fred Napoli, Albert Nerenberg ..
Directed by: Albert Nerenberg
Release date: 2003-01-01
Best History Movies of 2003 : Helen of Troy

Helen of Troy

6.2/10 IMDB

The abduction of beautiful Helen, wife of Spartan King Menelaus, by Paris of Troy triggers a long war.

Starring: Emilia Fox, James Callis, Daniel Lapaine, Nigel Whitmey, Stellan Skarsgård, Joe Montana, Katie Blake, Sienna Guillory, Matthew Marsden, John Rhys-Davies ..
Directed by: John Kent Harrison
Release date: 2003-03-14
Best History Movies of 2003 : The Last Mission

The Last Mission

8.9/10 IMDB

Four days after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, American airmen are flying the last and longest bombing mission of the war. In Tokyo, a fanatical group of Japanese officers stage a daring coup d'etat in an effort to prolong the war. As the rebels take over Japan's Imperial Palace, and with it - Emperor Hirohito; radio operator Jim Smith and the men of the 315th Bomb Wing are facing their own dangers in the sky above Japan. In a development not anticipated by generals or world leaders - the Last Mission and the coup d'etat converge, helping to bring an end to the most destructive war the world has ever known.

Starring: David Jeremiah Mullins, Masashi Nagadoi ..
Directed by: Patrick Taulère
Release date: 2003-06-02

DC 9/11: Time of Crisis

4.4/10 IMDB

This is the story of the days directly after 9/11, and the president's whereabouts. Scheduled to air shortly before the second anniversary of the September 11 attacks, DC 9/11 takes an inside look at the Bush Administration, beginning with the day of the attacks, and following the President's journey to Ground Zero, culminating with his now famous national address nine days after the attacks.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, John Cunningham, Gregory Itzin, Stephen Macht, Mary Gordon Murray, Lawrence Pressman, Scott Alan Smith, George Takei, David Fonteno, Penny Johnson ..
Directed by: Brian Trenchard-Smith
Release date: 2003-09-07
Best History Movies of 2003 : Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin

Arthur Miller, Elia Kazan and the Blacklist: None Without Sin

8.3/10 IMDB

Director Elia Kazan and playwright Arthur Miller were once best friends and professional colleagues, to most that knew them then in both capacities as soul mates. Their politics were similar which was reflected in their work. Kazan was a Communist Party member for a few years in the mid-1930's, but Miller never officially joined the party ranks. Their relationship changed in the early 1950's when Kazan was subpoenaed to testify in front of the House Un-American Activities Committee where he named names of Communist Party members past and present.

Starring: Elia Kazan, Arthur Miller, Walter Bernstein, Patricia Bosworth, Lee Grant, Madeleine Sherwood ..
Directed by: Michael Epstein
Release date: 2003-09-03

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