Best History Movies of 2007

1.

Zeitgeist

5.5
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Zeitgeist: the Movie is a 2007 documentary film by Peter Joseph examining possible historical and modern conspiracies surrounding Christianity, the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks and the Federal Reserve bank. It was officially released online on June 18, 2007 on www.ZeitgeistMovie.com
Directed by: Peter Joseph
Release date: 2007-06-01
2.

Charlie Wilson's War

5.1

The true story of Texas congressman Charlie Wilson's covert dealings in Afghanistan, where his efforts to assist rebels in their war with the Soviets had some unforeseen and long-reaching effects.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Amy Adams, Om Puri
Directed by: Mike Nichols
Release date: 2007-12-19
3.

In the Valley of Elah

5.1

A career officer and his wife work with a police detective to uncover the truth behind their son's disappearance following his return from a tour of duty in Iraq.

Starring: Tommy Lee Jones, Charlize Theron, Susan Sarandon, Frances Fisher, James Franco
Directed by: Paul Haggis
Release date: 2007-08-31
4.

Elizabeth: The Golden Age

5.1

When Queen Elizabeth's reign is threatened by ruthless familial betrayal and Spain's invading army, she and her shrewd adviser must act to safeguard to the lives of her people.

Starring: Cate Blanchett, Clive Owen, Geoffrey Rush, Laurence Fox, Tom Hollander
Directed by: Shekhar Kapur
Release date: 2007-09-09
5.

Breach

5.0

Eric O'Neill, a computer specialist who wants to be made an agent is assigned to clerk for Robert Hanssen, a senior agent with 25 years in the FBI, and to write down everything Hanssen does. O'Neill's told it's an investigation of Hanssen's sexual habits, however Hanssen is really suspected of spying for the Soviet Union and Russia for years and being responsible for the deaths of agents working for the United States.

Starring: Chris Cooper, Ryan Phillippe, Laura Linney, Dennis Haysbert, Caroline Dhavernas
Directed by: Billy Ray
Release date: 2007-02-12
6.

Lions for Lambs

4.5

Three stories told simultaneous in ninety minutes of real time: a Republican Senator who's a presidential hopeful gives an hour-long interview to a skeptical television reporter, detailing a strategy for victory in Afghanistan; two special forces ambushed on an Afghani ridge await rescue as Taliban forces close in; a poli-sci professor at a California college invites a student to re-engage.

Starring: Robert Redford, Meryl Streep, Tom Cruise, Michael Peña, Andrew Garfield
Directed by: Robert Redford
Release date: 2007-10-22
7.

Goodbye Bafana

4.4

The true story of a white South African racist whose life was profoundly altered by the black prisoner he guarded for twenty years. The prisoner's name was Nelson Mandela.

Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Dennis Haysbert, Diane Kruger, Shiloh Henderson, Patrick Lyster
Directed by: Bille August
Release date: 2007-02-11
8.

The War

4.0

The War is a seven episode documentary miniseries, produced by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, that examines the myriad ways in which the Second World War touched the lives of every family on every street in every town in America. By telling the stories of ordinary people in four quintessentially American towns – Waterbury, Connecticut; Mobile, Alabama; Sacramento, California; and the tiny farming town of Luverne, Minnesota – the series will portray this enormous worldwide catastrophe on an intimate, human scale. The War will intertwine vivid eyewitness accounts of the harrowing realities of life on the front lines with reminiscences of Americans who never left their home towns, and who tried their best to carry on with the business of daily life while their fathers and brothers and sons were overseas. The film will honor and celebrate the bravery, endurance, and sacrifice, of the generation of Americans who lived through what will always be known simply as The War.

Release date: 2007-09-23
9.

My Winnipeg

3.9

Fact, fantasy and memory are woven seamlessly together in a personal portrait of filmmaker Guy Maddin's hometown of Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Starring: Ann Savage, Amy Stewart, Darcy Fehr, Louis Negin, Brendan Cade
Directed by: Guy Maddin
Release date: 2007-09-07
10.

Nanking

3.9

The story of the rape of Nanking, one of the most tragic events in history. In 1937, the invading Japanese army murdered over 200,000 and raped tens of thousands of Chinese. In the midst of this horror, a small group of Western expatriates banded together to save 250,000. Nanking shows the tremendous impact individuals can make on the course of history.

Starring: Hugo Armstrong, Rosalind Chao, Stephen Dorff, John Getz, Mariel Hemingway
Directed by: Bill Guttentag, Dan Sturman
Release date: 2007-02-10
11.

Shake Hands With the Devil

3.8
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Canadian Lt. General Romeo Dallaire was the military commander of the UN mission in Rwanda and this movie is personal and, all too true, story of his time there during the genocide of 1994. It is not quite as moving as the earlier Hotel Rwanda and is less geared to drama and emotional manipulation, but it is still grim and upsetting.
Starring: Roy Dupuis, Deborah Kara Unger, James Gallanders, Michel Mongeau, Odile Katesi Gakire
Directed by: Roger Spottiswoode
Release date: 2007-09-28
12.

My Boy Jack

3.7
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Author Rudyard Kipling and his wife search for their 17-year-old son after he goes missing during WWI.
Starring: Daniel Radcliffe, David Haig, Kim Cattrall, Carey Mulligan, Julian Wadham
Directed by: Brian Kirk
Release date: 2007-11-11
13.

Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee

3.6

Beginning just after the bloody Sioux victory over General Custer at Little Big Horn, the story is told through two unique perspectives: Charles Eastman, a young, white-educated Sioux doctor held up as living proof of the alleged success of assimilation, and Sitting Bull the proud Lakota chief whose tribe won the American Indians’ last major victory at Little Big Horn.

Starring: Anna Paquin, Chevez Ezaneh, August Schellenberg, Duane Howard, Aidan Quinn
Directed by: Yves Simoneau
Release date: 2007-05-27
14.

Nightwatching

3.6

An extravagant, exotic and moving look at Rembrandt's romantic and professional life, and the controversy he created by the identification of a murderer in the painting The Night Watch.

Starring: Martin Freeman, Emily Holmes, Eva Birthistle, Jodhi May, Toby Jones
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2007-09-06
15.

Battle for Haditha

3.5
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An investigation of the massacre of 24 men, women and children in Haditha, Iraq allegedly shot by 4 U.S. Marines in retaliation for the death of a U.S. Marine killed by a roadside bomb. The movie follows the story of the Marines of Kilo Company, an Iraqi family, and the insurgents who plant the roadside bomb.
Starring: Matthew Knoll, Elliott Ruiz, Eric Mehalacopoulos, Nathan De La Cruz, Andrew McLaren
Directed by: Nick Broomfield
Release date: 2007-09-11
16.

War and Peace

3.4
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War and Peace delineates in graphic detail events leading up to the French invasion of Russia, and the impact of the Napoleonic era on Tsarist society, as seen through the eyes of five Russian aristocratic families. Portions of an earlier version of the novel, then known as The Year 1805,were serialized in the magazine The Russian Messenger between 1865 and 1867.
Release date: 2007-10-19
17.

Annie Leibovitz: Life Through a Lens

3.3
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This documentary takes an in-depth look at the influential career of iconic photographer Annie Leibovitz, from her earliest artistic efforts to her storied tenure at Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair magazines and beyond. Intimately filmed by Annie's sister Barbara Leibovitz, the program features interviews with the artist as she works at home, along with telling insights from many of the celebrities she has photographed, such as Mick Jagger.
Starring: Annie Leibovitz, Yoko Ono, Anna Wintour, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Hillary Clinton
Directed by: Barbara Leibovitz
Release date: 2007-01-03
18.

September Dawn

2.9

A story set against the Mountain Meadows Massacre, the film is based upon the tragedy which occurred in Utah in 1857. A group of settlers, traveling on wagons, was murdered by the native Mormons. All together, about 140 souls of men, women and children, were taken.

Starring: Jon Voight, Tamara Hope, Trent Ford, Lolita Davidovich, Dean Cain
Directed by: Christopher Cain
Release date: 2007-05-17
19.

Sinking of the Lusitania

2.9
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The story of the sinking of the Lusitania in 1915 after she was torpedoed off the Irish coast. The story is told from the perspective of Prof. Holbourn (a passenger), the German U-boat and its captain and crew, and other passengers, crew and Admiralty staff
Starring: John Hannah, Kenneth Cranham, Michael Feast, Graham Hopkins, Florian Panzner
Directed by: Christopher Spencer
Release date: 2007-05-12
20.

Ricky Jay Plays Poker

2.8

This is the companion video to Ricky Jay's selection of poker tunes entitled "Ricky Jay plays poker." It features John C. Riley and other famous people, sitting around a table headed by the incomparable Mr. Jay, discussing poker, sleight of hand, and proposition bets.

Starring: Ricky Jay, John C. Reilly, J.J. Johnston, Willie Garson
Directed by: Jesse Dylan
Release date: 2007-02-13

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