Best History Movies of 2005

1.

Cinderella Man

6.4
8.0/10

The true story of boxer, Jim Braddock who, in the 1920’s after his retirement, has a surprise comeback in order to get him and his family out of a socially poor state.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Renée Zellweger, Paul Giamatti, Craig Bierko, Paddy Considine
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2005-06-02
2.

Memoirs of a Geisha

6.2
7.4/10

A sweeping romantic epic set in Japan in the years before World War II, a penniless Japanese child is torn from her family to work as a maid in a geisha house.

Starring: Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Youki Kudoh, Tsai Chin, Suzuka Ohgo
Directed by: Rob Marshall
Release date: 2005-12-06
3.

Munich

6.1
7.6/10

During the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, eleven Israeli athletes are taken hostage and murdered by a Palestinian terrorist group known as Black September. In retaliation, the Israeli government recruits a group of Mossad agents to track down and execute those responsible for the attack.

Starring: Eric Bana, Daniel Craig, Ciarán Hinds, Mathieu Kassovitz, Hanns Zischler
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2005-12-23
4.

Kingdom of Heaven

5.8
7.2/10

After his wife dies, a blacksmith named Balian is thrust into royalty, political intrigue and bloody holy wars during the Crusades.

Starring: Orlando Bloom, Eva Green, Jeremy Irons, Marton Csokas, Brendan Gleeson
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2005-05-03
5.

Good Night, and Good Luck.

5.3
7.5/10

The story of journalist, Edward R Murrow's stand against Senator McCarthy's anti-communist witch-hunts in the early 1950s.

Starring: David Strathairn, Jeff Daniels, Alex Borstein, Rose Abdoo, Dianne Reeves
Directed by: George Clooney
Release date: 2005-09-16
6.

The Great Raid

5.0
6.7/10

As World War II rages, the elite Sixth Ranger Battalion is given a mission of heroic proportions: push 30 miles behind enemy lines and liberate over 500 American prisoners of war.

Starring: Benjamin Bratt, James Franco, Connie Nielsen, Marton Csokas, Joseph Fiennes
Directed by: John Dahl
Release date: 2005-08-12
7.

The New World

4.8
6.7/10

A drama about explorer John Smith and the clash between Native Americans and English settlers in the 17th century.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Q'orianka Kilcher, Christopher Plummer, Christian Bale, August Schellenberg
Directed by: Terrence Malick
Release date: 2005-12-25
8.

Why We Fight

4.1
8.1/10

Is American foreign policy dominated by the idea of military supremacy? Has the military become too important in American life? Jarecki's shrewd and intelligent polemic would seem to give an affirmative answer to each of these questions.

Starring: Ken Adelman, John Ashcroft, Osama Bin Laden, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush
Directed by: Eugene Jarecki
Release date: 2005-01-01
9.

Sometimes in April

4.0
7.9/10

Debra Winger, Oris Erhuero and Idris Elba star in this drama framed by the Rwandan genocide.

Starring: Idris Elba, Carole Karemera, Pamela Nomvete, Oris Erhuero, Fraser James
Directed by: Raoul Peck
Release date: 2005-02-17
10.

Elizabeth I

4.0
8.0/10

HBO miniseries about the the public and private lives of the later years of Queen Elizabeth I.

Release date: 2005-09-29
11.

The Virgin Queen

3.8
7.6/10
The Virgin Queen
The Virgin Queen explores the full sweep of Elizabeth's life: from her days of fear as a potential victim of her sister's terror; through her great love affair with Robert Dudley; into her years of triumph over the Armada; and finally her old age and her last, enigmatic relationship with her young protégé, the Earl of Essex.
Release date: 2005-11-13
12.

Inside Deep Throat

3.7
6.7/10

In 1972, a seemingly typical shoestring budget pornographic film was made in a Florida hotel, "Deep Throat," starring Linda Lovelace. This film would surpass the wildest expectation of everyone involved to become one of the most successful independent films of all time. It caught the public imagination which met the spirit of the times, even as the self appointed guardians of public morality struggled to suppress it, and created, for a brief moment, a possible future where sexuality in film had a bold artistic potential. This film covers the story of the making of this controversial film, its stunning success, its hysterical opposition along with its dark side of mob influence and allegations of the on set mistreatment of the film's star.

Starring: Dennis Hopper, Peter Bart, Warren Beatty, Carl Bernstein, Linda Lovelace
Directed by: Fenton Bailey, Randy Barbato
Release date: 2005-02-11
13.

Ike: Countdown to D-Day

3.6
7.2/10
Ike: Countdown to D-Day
This is the story of the senior-level preparations for the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944 from the time of Dwight D. Eisenhower's appointment as the Supreme Allied Commander in Europe, to the establishment of the beachhead in Normandy. The film recounts many of the trials and tribulation Ike had to face, not the least of which were the many prima donnas surrounding him (Patton, Montgomery and especially de Gaulle) and the need for tact and diplomacy to bring all sides together for what would be the largest amphibious assault ever attempted.
Starring: Tom Selleck, James Remar, Timothy Bottoms, Gerald McRaney, Ian Mune
Directed by: Robert Harmon
Release date: 2005-02-01
14.

The White Countess

3.5
6.7/10

The last movie from the team of Ismail Merchant, James Ivory, and Kazuo Ishiguro. Set in 1930s Shanghai, "The White Countess" is both Sofia (Natasha Richardson), a fallen member of the Russian aristocracy, and a nightclub created by a blind American diplomat named Jackson (Ralph Fiennes), who asks Sofia to be the centerpiece of the world he wants to create.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Natasha Richardson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Lynn Redgrave, Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by: James Ivory
Release date: 2005-10-30
15.

National Geographic Explorer: King Tut's Final Secrets

3.2
7.2/10

As part of a high-tech forensic probe into the demise of Egyptian Pharaoh Tutankhamun, scientists use X-rays and CT scans as they attempt to reach a conclusion about just how this famed king died. In addition, they explore the mysterious curse on explorers linked to Tut's tomb excavation.

Starring: Zahi Hawass, Frank J. Rhli, F. DeWolfe Miller, Paul Gostner, Sieglinde Scheuerer
Directed by: Brando Quilici
Release date: 2005-12-17
16.

Blockade

3.2
7.6/10
Blockade
The images comprise only of material Sergei Loznitsa found in the Moscow film archives about the siege of Leningrad during the World War II. By providing the originally silent images with a meticulously reconstructed soundtrack, the scenes from everyday life under siege seem to be set in the present. By not intervening in the montage but giving the scenes room to tell a story, the scenes transcend the specific historic events and lead a new life. They do not evoke memories of the past, but become a breathtaking reanimation of reality.
Directed by: Sergey Loznitsa
Release date: 2005-11-07
17.

Ban The Sadist Videos!

3.1
7.4/10
Ban The Sadist Videos!
An in-depth analysis of the "Video Nasty" scandal of the early 1980s in Britain.
Starring: Wes Craven, Ruggero Deodato, Jesús Franco, Dario Argento, Romano Scavolini
Directed by: David Gregory
Release date: 2005-09-06
18.

Amu

3.1
7.4/10
Amu
Amu is the story of Kaju, a twenty-one-year-old Indian American woman who returns to India to visit her family and discover the place where she was born. The film takes a dark turn as Kaju stumbles against secrets and lies from her past. A horrifying genocide that took place twenty years ago turns out to hold the key to her mysterious origins.
Starring: Konkona Sen Sharma, Yashpal Sharma, Ankur Khanna, Brinda Karat, Chaiti Ghosh
Directed by: Shonali Bose
Release date: 2005-01-07
19.

Nomad: The Warrior

2.9
6.0/10

The Nomad is a historical epic set in 18th-century Kazakhstan. The film is a fictionalised account of the youth and coming-of-age of Ablai Khan, as he grows and fights to defend the fortress at Hazrat-e Turkestan from Dzungar invaders.

Starring: Kuno Becker, Jay Hernandez, Jason Scott Lee, Doskhan Zholzhaksynov, Ayanat Ksenbai
Directed by: Ivan Passer, Sergei Bodrov
Release date: 2005-07-17
20.

St. Peter

2.9
7.1/10

Saint Peter, a reluctant but passionate leader, from the crucifixion of Jesus to his own. The film's first half dramatizes the New Testament's "Acts": early fear, the renewal of Pentecost, Saul's conversion, the decision to baptize pagans, and the Apostles' dispersal. In the second half, an aged Peter goes to Rome to join Paul, arriving on the day of Paul's arrest. Paul's death brings a crisis to Rome's Christians and to Peter; lessons from Jesus's teachings guide his decision to stay. Events within the fictive household of Persius, a Roman aristocrat, capture the upheaval that Christian teachings bring to the Eternal City.

Starring: Omar Sharif, Daniele Pecci, Flavio Insinna, Claudia Koll, Lina Sastri
Directed by: Giulio Base
Release date: 2005-10-24

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