Best History Movies of 2006

1.

The Wind That Shakes the Barley

5.4

In 1920s Ireland young doctor Damien O'Donovan prepares to depart for a new job in a London hospital. As he says his goodbyes at a friend's farm, British Black and Tans arrive, and a young man is killed. Damien joins his brother Teddy in the Irish Republican Army, but political events are soon set in motion that tear the brothers apart.

Starring: Cillian Murphy, Pádraic Delaney, Liam Cunningham, Orla Fitzgerald, Gerard Kearney
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 2006-03-24
2.

United 93

5.3

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, Polly Adams, Trish Gates, Nancy McDoniel, Opal Alladin
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2006-04-28
3.

Marie Antoinette

5.3

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, Rip Torn, Rose Byrne
Directed by: Sofia Coppola
Release date: 2006-05-24
4.

Flags of Our Fathers

5.2

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
5.

The Good Shepherd

4.9

Edward Wilson, the only witness to his father's suicide and member of the Skull and Bones Society while a student at Yale, is a morally upright young man who values honor and discretion, qualities that help him to be recruited for a career in the newly founded OSS. His dedication to his work does not come without a price though, leading him to sacrifice his ideals and eventually his family.

Starring: Matt Damon, Angelina Jolie, Alec Baldwin, Tammy Blanchard, Robert De Niro
Directed by: Robert De Niro
Release date: 2006-12-11
6.

Bobby

4.9

In 1968 the lives of a retired doorman, hotel manager, lounge singer, busboy, beautician and others intersect in the wake of Robert F. Kennedy's assassination at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Heather Graham, Ashton Kutcher, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Helen Hunt
Directed by: Emilio Estevez
Release date: 2006-09-05
7.

Flyboys

4.8

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
8.

Shooting Dogs

4.7

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
9.

World Trade Center

4.5

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
10.

Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple

4.0

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
11.

Get Thrashed

3.9

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
12.

Sharpe's Challenge

3.8
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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
13.

The Nativity Story

3.5

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
14.

Kokoda

3.3
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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
15.

Crusade in Jeans

3.2

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
16.

The Battle of Chernobyl

3.1
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THE BATTLE OF CHERNOBYL dramatically chronicles the series of harrowing efforts to stop the nuclear chain reaction and prevent a second explosion, to "liquidate" the radioactivity, and to seal off the ruined reactor under a mammoth "sarcophagus." These nerve-racking events are recounted through newly available films, videos and photos taken in and around the plant, computer animation, and interviews with participants and eyewitnesses, many of whom were exposed to radiation, including government and military leaders, scientists, workers, journalists, doctors, and Pripyat refugees.
Starring: Tim Birkett, Mikhail Gorbachev, Hans Blix
Directed by: Thomas Johnson
Release date: 2006-05-05
17.

Annie Oakley

3.1
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This one hour documentary examines the life of the famed Sharp Shooter and Wild West performer, Annie Oakley from her birth in mid nineteenth century rural Pennsylvania to her death in 1926. Many myths are overturned and the program also features a little known trial when Annie Oakley had to sue The Hearst Newspaper chain all throughout the country for libel when they reported the activities of someone who was impersonating the famed sharpshooter and besmirching her reputation.
Starring: Annie Oakley, Laura Linney
Release date: 2006-05-08
18.

El cantante

2.9
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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
19.

Prince Vladimir

2.7
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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
20.

Molly: An American Girl on the Home Front

2.5
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Molly is a girl living in the year 1944 and WWII has brought many changes to Molly's life. An English girl comes to live with Molly's family to escape the bombings. They slowly become good friends.
Starring: Maya Ritter, David Aaron Baker, Tory Green, Sarah Manninen, Genevieve Farrell
Directed by: Joyce Chopra
Release date: 2006-11-26

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