Best History Movies of 2006

1.

United 93

5.4
7.6/10

A real time account of the events on United Flight 93, one of the planes hijacked on 9/11 that crashed near Shanksville, Pennsylvania when passengers foiled the terrorist plot.

Starring: J.J. Johnson, J.J. Johnson, Polly Adams, Trish Gates, Nancy McDoniel
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2006-04-28
2.

Marie Antoinette

5.3
6.4/10

The retelling of France's iconic but ill-fated queen, Marie Antoinette. From her betrothal and marriage to Louis XVI at 15 to her reign as queen at 19 and ultimately the fall of Versailles.

Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Jason Schwartzman, Judy Davis, Steve Coogan, Rip Torn
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Release date: 2006-05-24
3.

Flags of Our Fathers

5.2
7.1/10

There were five Marines and one Navy Corpsman photographed raising the U.S. flag on Mt. Suribachi by Joe Rosenthal on February 23, 1945. This is the story of three of the six surviving servicemen—John 'Doc' Bradley, Pvt. Rene Gagnon and Pvt. Ira Hayes—who fought in the battle to take Iwo Jima from the Japanese.

Starring: Ryan Phillippe, Adam Beach, Jesse Bradford, John Benjamin Hickey, John Slattery
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2006-10-18
4.

Invincible

5.1
7.1/10

Inspired by the true story of Vince Papale, a man with nothing to lose who ignored the staggering odds and made his dream come true. When the coach of Papale's beloved hometown football team hosted an unprecedented open tryout, the public consensus was that it was a waste of time – no one good enough to play professional football was going to be found this way.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Greg Kinnear, Elizabeth Banks, Kevin Conway, Michael Rispoli
Directed by: Ericson Core
Release date: 2006-08-25
5.

Flyboys

4.8
6.5/10

The adventures of the Lafayette Escadrille, young Americans who volunteered for the French military before the U.S. entered World War I, and became the country's first fighter pilots.

Starring: James Franco, David Ellison, Jean Reno, Philip Winchester, Abdul Salis
Directed by: Tony Bill
Release date: 2006-09-22
6.

Shooting Dogs

4.7
7.7/10

Two westerners, a priest and a teacher find themselves in the middle of the Rwandan genocide and face a moral dilemna. Do they place themselves in danger and protect the refugees, or escape the country with their lives? Based on a true story.

Starring: John Hurt, Hugh Dancy, Dominique Horwitz, Nicola Walker, David Gyasi
Directed by: Michael Caton-Jones
Release date: 2006-03-08
7.

World Trade Center

4.5
6.0/10

On September, 11th 2001, after the terrorist attack to the World Trade Center, the building collapses over the rescue team from the Port Authority Police Department. Will Jimeno and his sergeant John McLoughlin are found alive trapped under the wreckage while the rescue teams fight to save them.

Starring: Nicolas Cage, Maria Bello, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Michael Peña, Jay Hernandez
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2006-08-09
8.

The Battle of Chernobyl

4.1
8.3/10
The Battle of Chernobyl
On April 26, 1986, a 1,000 feet high flame rises into the sky of the Ukraine. The fourth reactor of the Chernobyl nuclear power plant just exploded. A battle begins in which 500,000 men are engaged throughout the Soviet Union to "liquidate" the radioactivity, build the "sarcophagus" of the damaged reactor and save the world from a second explosion that would have destroyed half of Europe. Become a reference film, this documentary combines testimonials and unseen footage, tells for the first time the Battle of Chernobyl.
Starring: Tim Birkett, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hans Blix, Oleg Mirochnikov
Directed by: Thomas Johnson
Release date: 2006-05-05
9.

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

4.0
7.9/10

Featuring never-before-seen footage, this documentary delivers a startling new look at the Peoples Temple, headed by preacher Jim Jones who, in 1978, led more than 900 members to Guyana, where he orchestrated a mass suicide via tainted punch.

Starring: Claire Janaro, Deborah Layton, Garrett Lambrev, Hue Fortson Jr., Janet Shular
Directed by: Stanley Nelson
Release date: 2006-04-26
10.

Get Thrashed

3.9
7.9/10

Get Thrashed traces the rise, fall and impact of thrash metal; from its early years, through its influence on grunge, nu metal and today's heavy metal scene. It is the story of the heaviest, hardest music of the 80s and early 90s as told by the bands who lived it, the fans and bands that grew up on it and by the artists that carry the "thrash metal" flag today.

Starring: Lars Ulrich, Death Angel, Tom Angelripper, Phil Anselmo, Tom Araya
Directed by: Rick Ernst
Release date: 2006-10-03
11.

Sharpe's Challenge

3.8
7.6/10
Sharpe's Challenge
Sean Bean is back as the swashbuckling hero in Sharpe's Challenge, an action packed mini-series to be shot on location in Rajasthan, India. Two years after the Duke of Wellington crushes Napoleon at Waterloo, dispatches from India tell of a local Maharaja, Khande Rao, who is threatening British interests there. Wellington sends Sharpe to investigate on what turns out to be his most dangerous mission to date. When a beautiful general's daughter is kidnapped by the Indian warlord, the tension mounts, leaving Sharpe no option but to pursue the enemy right into its deadly lair. Deep in the heart of enemy territory he also has to keep at bay the beautiful but scheming Regent, Madhuvanthi, who is out to seduce him. The fate of an Empire and the life of a General's daughter lie in one man's hands...
Starring: Sean Bean, Padma Lakshmi, Daragh O'Malley, Toby Stephens, Lucy Brown
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 2006-04-23
12.

The Nativity Story

3.5
6.8/10

Mary and Joseph make the hard journey to Bethlehem for a blessed event in this retelling of the Nativity story. This meticulously researched and visually lush adaptation of the biblical tale follows the pair on their arduous path to their arrival in a small village, where they find shelter in a quiet manger and Jesus is born.

Starring: Keisha Castle-Hughes, Oscar Isaac, Hiam Abbass, Shaun Toub, Ciarán Hinds
Directed by: Catherine Hardwicke
Release date: 2006-12-01
13.

Kokoda

3.3
6.2/10
Kokoda
A bitter battle is fought between Australian and Japanese soldiers along the Kokoda trail in New Guinea during World War II.
Starring: Jack Finsterer, Travis McMahon, Simon Stone, Luke Ford, Tom Budge
Directed by: Alister Grierson
Release date: 2006-04-25
14.

Crusade in Jeans

3.2
6.1/10

Dolf a 15 year old boy is sent back in time by a timemachine. Accidentally he is sent back to the Middle Ages. He is rescued by children who are part of a childrens' crusade, on their way to rescue Jeruzalem. During the trip Dolf finds out the danger is not coming from outside the crusade, but from within.

Starring: Johnny Flynn, Stephanie Leonidas, Emily Watson, Michael Culkin, Benno Fürmann
Directed by: Ben Sombogaart
Release date: 2006-11-15
15.

El cantante

2.9
5.5/10
El cantante
The rise and fall of salsa singer, Héctor Lavoe (1946-1993), as told from the perspective of his wife Puchi, who looks back from 2002.
Starring: Marc Anthony, Jennifer Lopez, John Ortiz, Manny Pérez, Vincent Laresca
Directed by: Leon Ichaso
Release date: 2006-09-12
16.

638 Ways to Kill Castro

2.7
7.0/10
638 Ways to Kill Castro
Dollan Cannell's documentary on the hundreds of alleged plots to assassinate Fidel Castro, and a look at the evolution of Cuban politics. If the title of this extraordinary film sounds ludicrous, don't be fooled. This film looks at the incredible story of the 638 alleged plots by the CIA and Cuban exiles to kill the Cuban leader Fidel Castro.
Starring: Fidel Castro, Wayne Smith, Enrique Encinosa, Enrique Ovares, Fabian Escalante
Directed by: Dollan Cannell
Release date: 2006-11-28
17.

Prince Vladimir

2.7
7.0/10
Prince Vladimir
The plot follows the events surrounding Vladimir from childhood and into adulthood. In the beginning of the film, being under the influence of the high priest Krivzha, the Prince is a young, impulsive and cruel pagan. Fighting for supreme power, Vladimir wins a battle that kills his brother. Regretting what he has done, Vladimir does not suspect a conspiracy between the priest and the Pechenegs. Vladimir is concerned about gathering the Slavic tribes into one united state. Solving this major task, he faces obstacles, which Vladimir overcomes in the end, defeating Krivzha and winning the battle against Kurya, a Pecheneg chief.
Starring: Irina Bezrukova
Directed by: Yuri Kulakov
Release date: 2006-02-09
18.

The Ten Commandments

1.8
5.3/10
The Ten Commandments
An oracle has prophesied that a child will grow up to become the Prince of Egypt, and in order to prevent this from happening The Egyptian Pharaoh orders the immediate slaughter of all newborn males. No child in the entire kingdom is spared except for one. His name was Moses, the son of a Hebrew slave. Set adrift on the Nile immediately after he was born, Moses escapes certain death and enjoys a lavish upbringing in a royal Egyptian household. Moses has no memory of his past, and soon rises to the rank of prince. After Moses receives a fiery message from God and learns of his true heritage, he vows to reclaim his destiny by delivering his people from persecution and realizing his fate as the liberator of the Hebrews.
Starring: Dougray Scott, Paul Rhys, Karim Saleh
Directed by: Robert Dornhelm
Release date: 2006-04-14
19.

Fascism in Colour

1.7
7.5/10
Fascism in Colour
After the World War I, Mussolini's perspective on life is severely altered; once a willful socialist reformer, now obsessed with the idea of power, he founds the National Fascist Party in 1921 and assumes political power in 1922, becoming the Duce, dictator of Italy. His success encourages Hitler to take power in Germany in 1933, opening the dark road to World War II. (Originally released as a two-part miniseries. Includes colorized archival footage.)
Starring: Bill Patterson, Stefano Fregni, Adrian Lyttleton, Alexander Stille, Emilio Gentile
Directed by: Chris Oxley
Release date: 2006-01-01
20.

Devilwood

1.6
6.8/10
In a lawless outpost in 17th Century England, the people have ceased to be God-fearing but learn to fear the Devil instead.
Starring: John Simm, Kate Magowan, Dylan Brown, Jonathan Parsons, Marina Fiorato
Directed by: Sacha Bennett
Release date: 2006-10-19

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