Best History Movies of 2009




Newly elected President Nelson Mandela knows his nation remains racially and economically divided in the wake of apartheid. Believing he can bring his people together through the universal language of sport, Mandela rallies South Africa's rugby team as they make their historic run to the 1995 Rugby World Cup Championship match.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Matt Damon, Tony Kgoroge, Patrick Mofokeng, Matt Stern
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2009-12-10

Prayers for Bobby


True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.

Starring: Ryan Kelley, Sigourney Weaver, Henry Czerny, Dan Butler, Austin Nichols
Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Release date: 2009-02-27

Public Enemies


Depression-era bank robber John Dillinger's charm and audacity endear him to much of America's downtrodden public, but he's also a thorn in the side of J. Edgar Hoover and the fledgling FBI. Desperate to capture the elusive outlaw, Hoover makes Dillinger his first Public Enemy Number One and assigns his top agent, Melvin Purvis, the task of bringing him in dead or alive.

Starring: Christian Bale, Johnny Depp, Giovanni Ribisi, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard
Directed by: Michael Mann
Release date: 2009-07-01

The Young Victoria

From Academy Award® winners Graham King and Martin Scorsese, along with the makers of Gosford Park and The Departed, comes the story of Queen Victoria’s early rise to power. From an object of a royal power-struggle to her romantic courtship and legendary marriage to Prince Albert, Emily Blunt (The Devil Wears Prada) gives a stunning performance as the young Victoria. Packed with drama, romance, breath-taking cinematography, lavish costumes and featuring an outstanding British cast including Jim Broadbent, Harriet Walter, Mark Strong, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, and Rupert Friend, The Young Victoria has captivated British audiences, and is the film that Company magazine called “an epic British film, which will sweep you up in her remarkable story.”
Starring: Emily Blunt, Rupert Friend, Paul Bettany, Miranda Richardson, Jim Broadbent
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Release date: 2009-03-04



A historical drama set in Roman Egypt, concerning philosopher Hypatia of Alexandria and her relationship with her slave Davus, who is torn between his love for her and the possibility of gaining his freedom by joining the rising tide of Christianity.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Max Minghella, Oscar Isaac, Ashraf Barhom, Michael Lonsdale
Directed by: Alejandro Amenábar
Release date: 2009-05-17

The Messenger


Will Montgomery (Ben Foster), a U.S. Army Staff Sergeant who has returned home from Iraq, is assigned to the Army’s Casualty Notification service. Montgomery is partnered with Captain Tony Stone (Woody Harrelson), to give notice to the families of fallen soldiers. The Sergeant is drawn to Olivia Pitterson (Samantha Morton), to whom he has delivered news of her husband’s death.

Starring: Ben Foster, Woody Harrelson, Jena Malone, Eamonn Walker, Samantha Morton
Directed by: Oren Moverman
Release date: 2009-11-13

Che: Part Two


After the Cuban Revolution, Che is at the height of his fame and power. Then he disappears, re-emerging incognito in Bolivia, where he organizes a small group of Cuban comrades and Bolivian recruits to start the great Latin American Revolution. Through this story, we come to understand how Che remains a symbol of idealism and heroism that lives in the hearts of people around the world.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Franka Potente, Demián Bichir, Óscar Jaenada
Directed by: Steven Soderbergh
Release date: 2009-01-24

Taking Chance

Lt. Col. Michael Strobl, a volunteer military escort accompanies the body of Lance Cpl. Chance Phelps to his hometown in Wyoming.
Starring: Kevin Bacon, Tom Aldredge, Nicholas Art, Blanche Baker, Guy Boyd
Directed by: Ross Katz
Release date: 2009-09-21

John Rabe


A true-story account of a German businessman who saved more than 200,000 Chinese during the Nanjing massacre in 1937-38.

Starring: Ulrich Tukur, Dagmar Manzel, Steve Buscemi, Daniel Brühl, Zhang Jingchu
Directed by: Florian Gallenberger
Release date: 2009-04-02

Glorious 39


A mysterious tale set around a traditional British family on the eve of World War Two. Oblivious to the looming shadow of World War II, the wealthy Keyes maintain a confident façade in the British countryside until daughter Anne becomes an unexpected pawn. Her accidental discovery of secret recordings creates a rift in the family.

Starring: Romola Garai, Bill Nighy, Julie Christie, Eddie Redmayne, Juno Temple
Directed by: Stephen Poliakoff
Release date: 2009-11-20

It Felt Like a Kiss

The story of America's rise to power starting in 1959, it uses nothing but archive footage and America pop music. Showing the consequences on the rest of the world and in peoples mind.
Starring: H. Rap Brown, Nikita Khrushchev, Richard Nixon
Directed by: Adam Curtis
Release date: 2009-01-01

The Countess


A 17th century Hungarian countess embarks on a murderous undertaking, with the belief that bathing in the blood of virgins will preserve her beauty.

Starring: Julie Delpy, William Hurt, Daniel Brühl, Anamaria Marinca, Maria Simon
Directed by: Julie Delpy
Release date: 2009-02-09

Blessed Is the Match: The Life and Death of Hannah Senesh

The story of Hannah Senesh, a Hungarian poet who was captured by the Nazis, while trying to rescue Jews in WWII.
Starring: Peter Hay, Judy Baumel-Schwartz, Michael Berenbaum, Shimon Peres
Directed by: Roberta Grossman
Release date: 2009-01-28

Van Diemen's Land

The true story of Australia’s most notorious convict, Alexander Pearce and his infamous journey into the beautiful yet brutal Tasmanian wilderness. A point of no return for convicts banished from their homeland, Van Diemen’s Land was a feared and dreaded penal settlement at the end of the earth.
Starring: Arthur Angel, Paul Ashcroft, Mark Leonard Winter, Torquil Neilson, Greg Stone
Directed by: Jonathan auf der Heide
Release date: 2009-09-24

The People Speak

A look at America's struggles with war, class, race and women's rights. based on Howard Zinn's "A People's History of the United States."
Starring: Rosario Dawson, Morgan Freeman, Marisa Tomei, Sean Penn, Viggo Mortensen
Directed by: Chris Moore, Howard Zinn
Release date: 2009-12-13

Black Field

A dark historical drama about two sisters, the man that comes between them, and the tragedy that results. Set in the 1870s.
Starring: Sara Canning, Mathieu Bourguet, Ferron Guerreiro, Darcy Fehr, Nazariy Demkowicz
Directed by: Danishka Esterhazy
Release date: 2009-10-13

Journey to 10,000 BC

10,000 B.C. was a time of cataclysmic change on Earth. Extreme climactic fluctuations hurled the planet into a minor ice age; megafauna like the saber-toothed tiger and woolly mammoth were suddenly becoming extinct; and early humans began to inhabit North America. Cold and hungry, their fragile communities undertook perilous hunting expeditions. The slaughter of a single mammoth, weighing nearly ten tons, could be the difference between survival and death. Journey to 10,000 BC. brings this unique and thrilling period to life, and investigates the geologic and climate changes that scientists are just beginning to understand. In a major forensic investigation, History visits early human archaeological sites to uncover fossilized bones, ancient dwellings, and stone weapons, and uses state-of-the-art CGI to recreate the treacherous mammoth hunts and the devastating impact of a comet colliding with Earth.
Starring: Nicole Waguespack, David J. Meltzer, David George, Pat Lubinski, Christopher A. Shaw
Release date: 2009-01-01

The Hessen Affair


In 1945 a group of victorious American officers discover a stash of German jewels and try to fence them in New York.

Starring: Michael Bowen, Michael Bowen, Noah Segan, Lyne Renee, Will Woytowich
Directed by: Paul Breuls
Release date: 2009-01-14

Under the Eightball


In 1951 at Fort Detrick, Maryland, construction crews built a hollow metal sphere four stories high. Inside germ weapons were to be exploded, creating mists of infectious aerosols for testing on animals....and people. Employees called it the eight ball. In their eighteen month long journey Grey and Russell travel the country in search of answers and interview top experts in the world of Lyme and Tick-Borne Diseases. Under the Eight ball includes live footage, historical documents, original animation and archival military footage.

Directed by: Timothy Grey, Breanne Russell
Release date: 2009-12-16

Vittorio D

A documentary about Vittorio de Sica with clips of his films and testimonials from friends and family.
Starring: Woody Allen, Peter Bogdanovich, Maria Pia Casilio, Enzo G. Castellari, Dino De Laurentiis
Directed by: Mario Canale, Annarosa Morri
Release date: 2009-09-17

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