Best History Movies of 2008

1.

Generation Kill

5.9
8.5/10 IMDB

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.

Valkyrie

5.8
7.1/10 IMDB

Wounded in Africa during World War II, Nazi Col. Claus von Stauffenberg returns to his native Germany and joins the Resistance in a daring plan to create a shadow government and assassinate Adolf Hitler. When events unfold so that he becomes a central player, he finds himself tasked with both leading the coup and personally killing the Führer.

Starring: Tom Cruise, Carice van Houten, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Terence Stamp, Tom Wilkinson, Eddie Izzard, David Bamber, Thomas Kretschmann, David Schofield ..
Directed by: Bryan Singer
Release date: 2008-12-25
3.

Zeitgeist: Addendum

5.6
8.3/10 IMDB

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
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4.

Man on Wire

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Alan Welner, Barry Greenhouse, Jim Moore ..
Directed by: James Marsh
Release date: 2008-07-25
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5.

Frost/Nixon

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Oliver Platt, Rebecca Hall, Toby Jones, Andy Milder, Kate Jennings Grant ..
Directed by: Ron Howard
Release date: 2008-10-15
6.

Hunger

5.4
7.6/10 IMDB

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, Brian Milligan, Liam McMahon, Karen Hassan, Frank McCusker, Lalor Roddy ..
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Release date: 2008-05-15
7.

Cadillac Records

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

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, Cedric the Entertainer, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Eamonn Walker, Yasiin Bey, Valence Thomas ..
Directed by: Darnell Martin
Release date: 2008-12-05
8.

Defiance

5.1
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Mark Feuerstein, Tomas Arana, Jodhi May, Kate Fahy, Iddo Goldberg ..
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 2008-12-31
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9.

John Adams

5.1
8.5/10 IMDB

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
6.9/10 IMDB

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, Aidan McArdle, Simon McBurney, Bruce Mackinnon, Georgia King, Alistair Petrie ..
Directed by: Saul Dibb
Release date: 2008-09-05

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