Best History Movies of 2008

1.

Generation Kill

5.9

Marines prepare to invade Iraq at the beginning of Operation Iraqi Freedom; while the soldiers wait to receive their orders, they learn a Rolling Stone columnist will be embedded with them

Release date: 2008-07-13
2.

Zeitgeist: Addendum

5.6

Zeitgeist: Addendum premiered at the 5th Annual Artivist Film Festival. Director Peter Joseph stated: "The failure of our world to resolve the issues of war, poverty, and corruption, rests within a gross ignorance about what guides human behavior to begin with. It address the true source of the instability in our society, while offering the only fundamental, long-term solution."

Directed by: Peter Joseph
Release date: 2008-10-02
3.

Man on Wire

5.6

On August 7th 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit stepped out on a high wire, illegally rigged between New York's World Trade Center twin towers, then the world's tallest buildings. After nearly an hour of performing on the wire, 1,350 feet above the sidewalks of Manhattan, he was arrested. This fun and spellbinding documentary chronicles Philippe Petit's "highest" achievement.

Starring: Philippe Petit, Jean François Heckel, Jean-Louis Blondeau, Annie Allix, David Forman
Directed by: James Marsh
Release date: 2008-07-25
4.

Frost/Nixon

5.5

For three years after being forced from office, Nixon remained silent. But in summer 1977, the steely, cunning former commander-in-chief agreed to sit for one all-inclusive interview to confront the questions of his time in office and the Watergate scandal that ended his presidency. Nixon surprised everyone in selecting Frost as his televised confessor, intending to easily outfox the breezy British showman and secure a place in the hearts and minds of Americans. Likewise, Frost's team harboured doubts about their boss's ability to hold his own. But as the cameras rolled, a charged battle of wits resulted.

Starring: Michael Sheen, Frank Langella, Kevin Bacon, Sam Rockwell, Matthew Macfadyen
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2008-10-15
5.

Hunger

5.4

The story of Bobby Sands, the IRA member who led the 1981 hunger strike in which Republican prisoners tried to win political status. It dramatises events in the Maze prison in the six weeks prior to Sands’ death.

Starring: Michael Fassbender, Stuart Graham, Helena Bereen, Liam Cunningham, Laine Megaw
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Release date: 2008-05-15
6.

Milk

5.4

The story of California's first openly gay elected official, Harvey Milk, who became an outspoken agent for change, seeking equal rights and opportunities for all. His great love for the city and its people brought him backing from young and old, straight and gay, alike – at a time when prejudice and violence against gays was openly accepted as the norm.

Starring: Sean Penn, Emile Hirsch, Josh Brolin, Diego Luna, James Franco
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 2008-11-26
7.

Defiance

5.1

Based on a true story, during World War II, four Jewish brothers escape their Nazi-occupied homeland of West Belarus in Poland and join the Soviet partisans to combat the Nazis. The brothers begin the rescue of roughly 1,200 Jews still trapped in the ghettos of Poland.

Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber, Jamie Bell, Alexa Davalos, Allan Corduner
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2008-12-31
8.

Cadillac Records

5.1

The story of sex, violence, race and rock and roll in 1950s Chicago, and the exciting but turbulent lives of some of America's musical legends, including Muddy Waters, Leonard Chess, Little Walter, Howlin' Wolf, Etta James and Chuck Berry.

Starring: Adrien Brody, Jeffrey Wright, Beyoncé Knowles, Gabrielle Union, Columbus Short
Directed by: Darnell Martin
Release date: 2008-12-05
9.

John Adams

5.1
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The life of one of the USA's Founding Fathers, its second President, and his role in the nation's first 50 years.
Release date: 2008-03-16
10.

The Duchess

5.0

A chronicle of the life of 18th century aristocrat Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire, who was reviled for her extravagant political and personal life.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Ralph Fiennes, Charlotte Rampling, Dominic Cooper, Hayley Atwell
Directed by: Saul Dibb
Release date: 2008-09-05
11.

Che: Part One

5.0

The Argentine, begins as Che and a band of Cuban exiles (led by Fidel Castro) reach the Cuban shore from Mexico in 1956. Within two years, they mobilized popular support and an army and toppled the U.S.-friendly regime of dictator Fulgencio Batista.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Demián Bichir, Rodrigo Santoro, Santiago Cabrera, Julia Ormond
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2008-09-05
12.

Max Manus: Man of War

4.5

Max Manus is a Norwegian 2008 biographic war film based on the real events of the life of resistance fighter Max Manus (1914–96), after his contribution in the Winter War against the Soviet Union. The story follows Manus through the outbreak of World War II in Norway until peacetime in 1945.

Starring: Aksel Hennie, Agnes Kittelsen, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Knut Joner, Christian Rubeck
Directed by: Joachim Rønning, Espen Sandberg
Release date: 2008-12-18
13.

The Edge of Love

4.5

The Edge of love is a love story of two feisty women and a brilliant, charismatic poet who love both women. One woman Vera Phillips who is his first love and whom he lost for ten year, while other one is his present wife Caitlin who is adventurous and felt same adventurous nature in this charismatic poet, Dylan Thomas, also.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Sienna Miller, Matthew Rhys, Cillian Murphy, Lisa Stansfield
Directed by: John Maybury
Release date: 2008-05-15
14.

The Lucky Ones

4.2

The story revolves around three soldiers — Colee, T.K. and Cheaver — who return from the Iraq War after suffering injuries and learn that life has moved on without them. They end up on an unexpected road trip across the U.S.

Starring: Tim Robbins, Rachel McAdams, Michael Peña, Kerry Bishé, Molly Hagan
Directed by: Neil Burger
Release date: 2008-09-26
15.

God on Trial

4.0
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In the Jewish tradition of arguing with God, Jewish prisoners in Auschwitz decide to put God on Trial.
Starring: Josef Altin, Ashley Artus, Dominic Cooper, Lorcan Cranitch, David de Keyser
Directed by: Andy de Emmony
Release date: 2008-09-03
16.

Sharpe's Peril

3.8

Our story begins at the end of Sharpe's Challenge. Sharpe and Harper are en route to Madras when they encounter a baggage train from the East India Company traveling through hostile territory. Chitu, a legendary bandit leader in control of the area, strikes fear in the members of the party. When an attack occurs Sharpe takes control of the situation, leading the group 300 miles through enemy territory and training the disorganized, rag-tag group to be proper soldiers. Despite all these responsibilities, Sharpe still manages to find time for a little romance...

Starring: Sean Bean, Daragh O'Malley, Michael Cochrane, Velibor Topic, Beatrice Rosen
Directed by: Tom Clegg
Release date: 2008-11-02
17.

Einstein and Eddington

3.8
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A look at the evolution of Albert Einstein's theory of relativity, and Einstein's relationship with British scientist Sir Arthur Eddington, the first physicist to understand his ideas.
Starring: David Tennant, Richard McCabe, Andy Serkis, Patrick Kennedy, Rebecca Hall
Directed by: Philip Martin
Release date: 2008-11-29
18.

Of Time and the City

3.8

"Of Time and The City" is both a love song and a eulogy to the director's birthplace of Liverpool, England. It is also a response to memory, reflection and the experience of losing a sense of place as the skyline changes and time takes it toll. The visual content of the film consists largely of archival clips of Liverpool from the 1940s to the 1960s, their nostalgic charm darkened by accompanying music and by the counterpoint of Davies’ dry, at times dyspeptic, voice-over narration. His voice thickens with emotion as he recalls the delights of juvenile movie-going or the ritual of a holiday trip to New Brighton, across the River Mersey, and hardens with contempt when he turns his gaze on the hoopla surrounding Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.

Starring: Terence Davies
Directed by: Terence Davies
Release date: 2008-10-31
19.

Passchendaele

3.4

Sergeant Michael Dunne fights in the 10th Battalion, AKA The "Fighting Tenth" with the 1st Canadian Division and participated in all major Canadian battles of the war, and set the record for highest number of individual bravery awards for a single battle

Starring: Paul Gross, Caroline Dhavernas, Joe Dinicol, Meredith Bailey, Adam J. Harrington
Directed by: Paul Gross
Release date: 2008-10-17
20.

A Pearl in the Forest

3.3
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This is a story about a young couple whose newly planned life was destroyed by the impact of the Great Purges of 1934–1938 in Mongolia. The main goal of this movie was to provide a testimony for the many Buryats and Mongolians who were persecuted during the Great Purges initiated by Joseph Stalin. In 1937 and 1938, many people, and even entire families, were killed after being wrongfully accused of conspiracies. The movie was shot on location near the Buryat village of Dadal in the Khentii province of Mongolia. The acting and other participation of many local villagers was a great addition to the authenticity of the film
Directed by: Agvaantseren Enkhtaivan
Release date: 2008-10-23

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