Best History Movies of 2004

1.

Hotel Rwanda

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Fana Mokoena, Joaquin Phoenix, Jean Reno, Desmond Dube, Ofentse Modiselle, Mathabo Pieterson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim ..
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 2004-09-11
2.

Troy

6.1
7.2/10 IMDB

In year 1250 B.C. during the late Bronze age, two emerging nations begin to clash. Paris, the Trojan prince, convinces Helen, Queen of Sparta, to leave her husband Menelaus, and sail with him back to Troy. After Menelaus finds out that his wife was taken by the Trojans, he asks his brother Agamemnom to help him get her back. Agamemnon sees this as an opportunity for power. So they set off with 1,000 ships holding 50,000 Greeks to Troy. With the help of Achilles, the Greeks are able to fight the never before defeated Trojans.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Brian Cox, Sean Bean, Brendan Gleeson, Diane Kruger, Peter O'Toole, Rose Byrne, Saffron Burrows ..
Directed by: Wolfgang Petersen
Release date: 2004-05-03
3.

Miracle

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

When college coach Herb Brooks is hired to helm the 1980 U.S. men's Olympic hockey team, he brings a unique and brash style to the ice. After assembling a team of hot-headed college all-stars, who are humiliated in an early match, Brooks unites his squad against a common foe: the heavily-favored Soviet team.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, Sean McCann, Kenneth Welsh, Eddie Cahill, Patrick O'Brien Demsey, Michael Mantenuto, Fred Keating, Philip Maurice Hayes ..
Directed by: Gavin O'Connor
Release date: 2004-02-06
4.

King Arthur

5.3
6.3/10 IMDB

The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, Lucius Artorius Castus is the historical person behind the legend.

Starring: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Keira Knightley, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Stephen Dillane, Ray Stevenson, Til Schweiger ..
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2004-07-07
5.

The Assassination of Richard Nixon

5.0
7.0/10 IMDB

It’s 1974 and Sam Bicke has lost everything. His wife leaves him with his three kids, his boss fires him, his brother turns away from him, and the bank won’t give him any money to start anew. He tries to find someone to blame for his misfortunes and comes up with the President of the United States who he plans to murder.

Starring: Sean Penn, Naomi Watts, Don Cheadle, Jack Thompson, Nick Searcy, Michael Wincott, Mykelti Williamson, April Grace, Lily Knight, Jared Dorrance ..
Directed by: Niels Mueller
Release date: 2004-05-17
6.

Alexander

4.8
5.6/10 IMDB

Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anthony Hopkins, Jessie Kamm, Christopher Plummer, Connor Paolo, Patrick Carroll ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2004-11-21
7.

The Alamo

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Emilio Echevarría, Emily Deschanel, Jordi Mollà, Leon Rippy, Tommy Davidson, Marc Blucas ..
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2004-04-07
Best History Movies of 2004 : Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession
8.

Z Channel: A Magnificent Obsession

3.9
7.7/10 IMDB

A documentary on the Z Channel, one of the first pay cable stations in the US, and its programming chief, Jerry Harvey. Debuting in 1974, the LA-based channel's eclectic slate of movies became a prime example of the untapped power of cable television.

Starring: Quentin Tarantino, Robert Altman, Jim Jarmusch, Paul Verhoeven, Alexander Payne, James Woods, Henry Jaglom, Jacqueline Bisset, Kris Kristofferson, Theresa Russell ..
Directed by: Xan Cassavetes
Release date: 2004-05-16
Best History Movies of 2004 : Spartacus
9.

Spartacus

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Sentenced to spend out the rest of his adult life laboring in the harsh deserts of Egypt, the Thracian slave Spartacus gets a new lease on life when he is purchased by the obese owner of a Roman gladiator school. Moved by the defiance of an Ethiopian warrior, Draba, Spartacus leads a slave uprising which threatens Rome's status quo. As Spartacus gains sympathy within the Roman Senate, he also makes a powerful enemy in form of Marcus Lucinius Crassus, who makes it a matter of personal honor to crush the rebellion.

Starring: Goran Visnjic, Alan Bates, Angus Macfadyen, Rhona Mitra, Ian McNeice, James Frain, Henry Simmons, Ben Cross, Ross Kemp, Georgina Rylance ..
Directed by: Robert Dornhelm
Release date: 2004-03-17
10.

The Rise & Fall of Penn Station

3.6
7.8/10 IMDB

In 1910, the Pennsylvania Railroad successfully accomplished the enormous engineering feat of building tunnels under New York City's Hudson and East Rivers, connecting the railroad to New York and New England, knitting together the entire eastern half of the United States. The tunnels terminated in what was one of the greatest architectural achievements of its time, Pennsylvania Station. Penn Station covered nearly eight acres, extended two city blocks, and housed one of the largest public spaces in the world. But just 53 years after the station’s opening, the monumental building that was supposed to last forever, to herald and represent the American Empire, was slated to be destroyed.

Starring: Michael Murphy ..
Directed by: Randall MacLowry
Release date: 2004-02-18

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