Best History Movies of 2010


The King's Speech

8.0/10 IMDB

The King's Speech tells the story of the man who became King George VI, the father of Queen Elizabeth II. After his brother abdicates, George ('Bertie') reluctantly assumes the throne. Plagued by a dreaded stutter and considered unfit to be king, Bertie engages the help of an unorthodox speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through a set of unexpected techniques, and as a result of an unlikely friendship, Bertie is able to find his voice and boldly lead the country into war.

Starring: Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Michael Gambon, Jennifer Ehle, Derek Jacobi, Freya Wilson, Ramona Marquez ..
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Release date: 2010-11-26

The Pacific

8.3/10 IMDB

A 10-part mini-series from the creators of "Band of Brothers" telling the intertwined stories of three Marines during America's battle with the Japanese in the Pacific during World War II.

Release date: 2010-03-15

The Way Back

7.3/10 IMDB

At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag—to take a perilous and uncertain journey to freedom as they cross deserts, mountains and several nations.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Dejan Angelov, Dragos Bucur, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess, Saoirse Ronan, Mark Strong, Alexandru Potocean, Gustaf Skarsgård, Sebastian Urzendowsky ..
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 2010-11-22

Temple Grandin

8.2/10 IMDB

A biopic of Temple Grandin, an autistic woman who has become one of top scientists in humane livestock handling.

Starring: Claire Danes, Catherine O'Hara, Julia Ormond, David Strathairn, Melissa Farman, Barry Tubb, Cherami Leigh, Tamara Jolaine, Charles Baker, Blair Bomar ..
Directed by: Mick Jackson
Release date: 2010-02-06

Robin Hood

6.6/10 IMDB

When soldier Robin happens upon the dying Robert of Loxley, he promises to return the man's sword to his family in Nottingham. There, he assumes Robert's identity; romances his widow, Marion; and draws the ire of the town's sheriff and King John's henchman, Godfrey.

Starring: Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Max von Sydow, William Hurt, Mark Strong, Oscar Isaac, Danny Huston, Eileen Atkins, Mark Addy, Matthew Macfadyen ..
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 2010-05-12

Made in Dagenham

7.1/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the 1968 strike at the Ford Dagenham car plant, where female workers walked out in protest against sexual discrimination.

Starring: Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins, Miranda Richardson, Geraldine James, Simon Nehan, Andrea Riseborough, Jaime Winstone, Lorraine Stanley, Nicola Duffett, Matthew Aubrey ..
Directed by: Nigel Cole
Release date: 2010-09-11
Best History Movies of 2010 : The Pillars of the Earth

The Pillars of the Earth

8.0/10 IMDB

The Pillars of the Earth is an eight-part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett's novel of the same name.

Release date: 2010-07-23

The Conspirator

6.9/10 IMDB

Mary Surratt is the lone female charged as a co-conspirator in the assassination trial of Abraham Lincoln. As the whole nation turns against her, she is forced to rely on her reluctant lawyer to uncover the truth and save her life.

Starring: James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Evan Rachel Wood, Kevin Kline, Alexis Bledel, Justin Long, Tom Wilkinson, Norman Reedus, Toby Kebbell, Jonathan Groff ..
Directed by: Robert Redford
Release date: 2010-09-10

The Wolfman

5.8/10 IMDB

Lawrence Talbot, an American man on a visit to Victorian London to make amends with his estranged father, gets bitten by a werewolf and, after a moonlight transformation, leaves him with a savage hunger for flesh.

Starring: Benicio del Toro, Anthony Hopkins, Emily Blunt, Hugo Weaving, Cristina Contes, David Sterne, Elizabeth Croft, Simon Merrells, Art Malik, Asa Butterfield ..
Directed by: Joe Johnston
Release date: 2010-02-10

The Runaways

6.5/10 IMDB

Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, two rebellious teenagers from Southern California, become the frontwomen for the Runaways -- the now-legendary group that paved the way for future generations of female rockers. Under the Svengali-like influence of impresario Kim Fowley, the band becomes a huge success.

Starring: Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Michael Shannon, Stella Maeve, Scout Taylor-Compton, Alia Shawkat, Riley Keough, Johnny Lewis, Hannah Marks, Keir O'Donnell ..
Directed by: Floria Sigismondi
Release date: 2010-03-19
Best History Movies of 2010 : Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary in Concert

Les Misérables - 25th Anniversary in Concert

8.8/10 IMDB

This concert, recorded to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the landmark musical Les Miserables, gathers the casts of the show's 2010 original production at the Queen's Theatre, the 1985 original production by the London company, and the 2010 production at the Barbican together for one performance. Together with talents like Michael Ball, Hadley Fraser, and John Owen-Jones, the performers present the play's musical numbers in a semi-theatrical style, fully costumed and with all the emotion of the musical's heyday.

Starring: Alfie Boe, Norm Lewis, Matt Lucas, Jenny Galloway, Lea Salonga, Samantha Barks, Katie Hall, Ramin Karimloo, Earl Carpenter, Hadley Fraser ..
Directed by: Nick Morris
Release date: 2010-10-03

Black Death

6.4/10 IMDB

As the plague decimates medieval Europe, rumours circulate of a village immune from the plague. There is talk of a necromancer who leads the village and is able to raise the dead. A fearsome knight joined by a cohort of soldiers and a young monk are charged by the church to investigate. Their journey is filled with danger, but it's upon entering the village that their true horror begins.

Starring: Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Carice van Houten, Kimberley Nixon, John Lynch, Tim McInnerny, Andy Nyman, Daniel Steiner, David Warner, Tobias Kasimirowicz ..
Directed by: Christopher Smith
Release date: 2010-06-07

Burke & Hare

6.1/10 IMDB

Two 19th-century opportunists become serial killers so that they can maintain their profitable business supplying cadavers to an anatomist.

Starring: Simon Pegg, Andy Serkis, Isla Fisher, Tom Wilkinson, Tim Curry, Christopher Lee, Jessica Hynes, Bill Bailey, Stephen Merchant, Hugh Bonneville ..
Directed by: John Landis
Release date: 2010-10-29

Beneath Hill 60

7.0/10 IMDB

The true story of Australia's cat-and-mouse underground mine warfare—one of the most misunderstood, misrepresented and mystifying conflicts of WW I. It was secret struggle BENEATH the Western Front that combined daring engineering, technology and science. Few on the surface knew of the brave, claustrophobic and sometimes barbaric work of these tunnellers.

Starring: Brendan Cowell, Harrison Gilbertson, Steve Le Marquand, Gyton Grantley, Alan Dukes, Alex Thompson, Warwick Young, Mark Coles Smith, Anthony Hayes, Leon Ford ..
Directed by: Jeremy Sims
Release date: 2010-04-15

The Weight of Chains

8.2/10 IMDB

The Weight of Chains is a Canadian documentary film that takes a critical look at the role that the US, NATO and the EU played in the tragic breakup of a once peaceful and prosperous European state - Yugoslavia. The film, bursting with rare stock footage never before seen by Western audiences, is a creative first-hand look at why the West intervened in the Yugoslav conflict, with an impressive roster of interviews with academics, diplomats, media personalities and ordinary citizens of the former Yugoslav republics. This film also presents positive stories from the Yugoslav wars - people helping each other regardless of their ethnic background, stories of bravery and self-sacrifice.

Starring: Rade Aleksic, James Bissett, Michel Chossudovsky, Michael Parenti ..
Directed by: Boris Malagurski
Release date: 2010-12-17
Best History Movies of 2010 : Toast


6.6/10 IMDB

An adaptation of celebrity chef Nigel Slater's bestselling memoir, 'Toast' is the ultimate nostalgic trip through everything edible in 1960's Britain. Nigel's mother was always a poor cook, but her chronic asthma and addiction to all things canned does not help.

Starring: Freddie Highmore, Ken Stott, Victoria Hamilton, Oscar Kennedy, Helena Bonham Carter, Matthew McNulty, Rob Jarvis, Selina Cadell, Amy Marston, Marion Bailey ..
Directed by: S.J. Clarkson
Release date: 2010-12-30

442: Live with Honor, Die with Dignity

8.3/10 IMDB

Medal of Honor Recipient George Sakato said with tear, ' I am not a hero. I just killed a lot of people. It's not good. This medal is for the people who couldn't return their homes, not for me.' Even many soldiers who received the decoration still have deep scars in their hearts now. He is the veteran of 442nd Regimental Combat Team in WW2 composed of Japanese Americans, who were at first seen as the problem because of their race, but later seen as problem solvers because of their splendid achievements on the battle field. They had to fight not only the enemy but also prejudice. This is the story of the 442nd and their veterans now and then.

Starring: Daniel Inouye ..
Directed by: Junichi Suzuki
Release date: 2010-11-13

America: The Story of Us

7.3/10 IMDB

A six-night miniseries presenting the history of how the United States was invented, looking at the moments where Americans harnessed technology to advance human progress -- from the rigors of linking the continent by transcontinental railroad to triumphing over vertical space through the construction of steel-structured buildings. The series also is a story of conflict, with Native American peoples, slavery, the Revolutionary War that birthed the nation, the Civil War that divided it, and the great world war that shaped its future.

Starring: Liev Schreiber, Tom Brokaw ..
Directed by: Nick Green, Marion Milne, Renny Bartlett, Jenny Ash, Clare Beavan, Andrew Chater
Release date: 2010-09-14

The Seattle Pilots: Short Flight Into History

8.4/10 IMDB

This film traces the history of major league baseball's one year team, the Seattle Pilots, who after their lone season of 1969 were moved to Milwaukee and became the Brewers.

Starring: Jim Bouton, Greg Goossen, Bob Locker, Bill Schonely, Art Thiel, Mike Fuller, Steve Whitaker, David Eskenazi, Gary Bell, Bill Sears ..
Directed by: Steve Cox, Brad Powers
Release date: 2010-01-01

Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)

7.1/10 IMDB

Not The Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy) is a comic oratorio based on Monty Python's Life of Brian, which retells the tragic tale of Mandy, impregnated by a Roman soldier, giving birth to Brian, a reluctant revolutionary of the People's Front of Judea who falls in love with Judith, gets mistaken for a Messiah and is arrested by the Romans and sentenced to be crucified. It ranges in reference from Handel, through a naughty Mozart duet, to the Festival of Nine Carols, Bob Dylan, and the classic finale "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life".

Starring: Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland, William Ferguson, Shannon Mercer, Rosalind Plowright, Christopher Purves, Neil Innes ..
Directed by: Aubrey Powell
Release date: 2010-03-25

The Hammer

6.9/10 IMDB

A coming of age drama following the life of Matt Hamill, the first deaf wrestler to win a National Collegiate Wrestling Championship.

Starring: Russell Harvard, Raymond J. Barry, Shoshannah Stern, Courtney Halverson ..
Directed by: Oren Kaplan
Release date: 2010-10-26


7.6/10 IMDB

The story of Venezuelan revolutionary, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, who founded a worldwide terrorist organization and raided the OPEC headquarters in 1975 before being caught by the French police.

Starring: Edgar Ramírez, Alexander Scheer, Fadi Abi Samra, Nora Waldstätten, Talal Jurdi, Ahmad Kaabour, Christoph Bach, Rodney El Haddad, Julia Hummer, Antoine Balabane ..
Directed by: Olivier Assayas
Release date: 2010-07-07

The Special Relationship

6.7/10 IMDB

A dramatisation that follows Tony Blair's journey from political understudy waiting in the wings of the world arena to accomplished prime minister standing confidently in the spotlight of centre stage. It is a story about relationships, between two powerful men (Blair and Bill Clinton), two powerful couples, and husbands and wives.

Starring: Michael Sheen, Dennis Quaid, Hope Davis, Helen McCrory, Adam Godley, Marc Rioufol, Demetri Goritsas, Mark Bazeley, Matthew Marsh, Jefferson King ..
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Release date: 2010-05-29
Best History Movies of 2010 : His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

His Name Was Jason: 30 Years of Friday the 13th

6.9/10 IMDB

A retrospective documentary about the groundbreaking horror series, Friday the 13th, featuring interviews with cast and crew from the twelve films spanning 3 decades.

Starring: Diane Almeida, Erich Anderson, Judie Aronson, Diana Barrows, Steven Barton, Rachel Belofsky, Peter Bracke, Richard Brooker, John Carl Buechler, Chuck Campbell ..
Directed by: Daniel Farrands
Release date: 2010-04-20
Best History Movies of 2010 : Miral


6.2/10 IMDB

A drama centered on an orphaned Palestinian girl growing up in the wake of the first Arab-Israeli war who finds herself drawn into the conflict.

Starring: Freida Pinto, Hiam Abbass, Willem Dafoe, Vanessa Redgrave, Uri Gavriel, Alexander Siddig, Asma Al Shiukhy, Neemeh Khalil, Jameel Khoury, Basel Husseini ..
Directed by: Julian Schnabel
Release date: 2010-09-15

Ben Hur

6.3/10 IMDB

About the struggle between the Roman Empire and its rebellious conquest Judaea, and two best friends caught in a terrible moment in history.

Release date: 2010-05-01
Best History Movies of 2010 : Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

Ahead of Time: The Extraordinary Journey of Ruth Gruber

7.8/10 IMDB

Brooklyn-born Ruth Gruber became the youngest PhD in the world before going on to become an international foreign correspondent and photojournalist at age 24. She defied tradition in an extraordinary career that spanned several decades. The first journalist to enter the Soviet Arctic in 1935, Ruth also traveled to Alaska as a member of the Roosevelt administration in 1942, escorted Holocaust refugees to America in 1944, covered the Nuremberg trials in 1946, and documented the Haganah ship 'Exodus' in 1947. Her relationships with world leaders gave her unique access and insight. This documentary interweaves verite scenes with archival footage.

Starring: Ruth Gruber, Louisa Herz Leopold, Dava Sobel, Lee Taylor, Harold Ickes, Manya Hartmayer Breuer, Tom Segev, Ike Aronowitz, Mordechai Rossman, Eli Wallach ..
Directed by: Robert Richman
Release date: 2010-09-10

Freedom Riders

8.0/10 IMDB

This is the story of more than four hundred Americans who participated in a bold and dangerous experiment designed to awaken the conscience of a complacent nation. These self-proclaimed, 'Freedom Riders' challenged the mores of a racially segregated society by performing a disarmingly simple act.

Starring: Raymond Arsenault, Genevieve Houghton, Gordon Carey, Derek Catsam, John Lewis, Diane Nash, Charles Person, Sangernetta Gilbert Bush, John Seigenthaler, Evan Thomas ..
Directed by: Stanley Nelson
Release date: 2010-02-01

The Final Prophecies

7.0/10 IMDB

The validity of ancient prophecy has been debated for centuries and is one of the most controversial subjects in the world today. Join Ronnie Cohen as you go on an epic journey to uncover the secrets behind Middle Eastern prophecy and discover shocking statistical evidence that proves there is more to Biblical history than many believe. Shocking new research reveals that the prophecies foretelling frightening global changes that could usher in a period tribulation and death may be more plausible than many believe. No matter your belief system, the findings presented within this film may change your view of prophecy forever!

Starring: Kd Bowe, Ronnie Cohen, Allen Farmer, Mike Flanders, Arnold Fruchtenbaum, Jay McCarl, Brian McDaniel, Nick Traveri ..
Directed by: Brent Miller Jr.
Release date: 2010-04-01
Best History Movies of 2010 : Mental: A History of the Madhouse

Mental: A History of the Madhouse

6.6/10 IMDB

Documentary which tells the fascinating and poignant story of the closure of Britain's mental asylums. In the post-war period, 150,000 people were hidden away in 120 of these vast Victorian institutions all across the country. Today, most mental patients, or service users as they are now called, live out in the community and the asylums have all but disappeared. Through powerful testimonies from patients, nurses and doctors, the film explores this seismic revolution and what it tells us about society's changing attitudes to mental illness over the last sixty years.

Starring: Tamsin Greig, Peter Barham, Maggi Chapman ..
Directed by: Chris Boulding
Release date: 2010-05-25
Best History Movies of 2010 : Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town

Pompeii: Life and Death in a Roman Town

7.3/10 IMDB

The volcanic eruption that ravaged Pompeii in year 79 is one of the most famous in history. It is known how its victims died, but how did they live? A new insight into the lives of the people who lived in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius before its cataclysmic eruption.

Starring: Mary Beard, Fabian Kanz, Mattia Buondonno, Andrew Wallace-Hadrill ..
Directed by: Paul Elston
Release date: 2010-12-14
Best History Movies of 2010 : A Good Day to Die

A Good Day to Die

7.8/10 IMDB

Interviews and archival footage profile the life of Dennis Banks, American Indian Movement leader who looks back at his early life and the rise of the Movement.

Starring: Dennis Banks, Brenda Child, Bob Hicks, Sydney Byrd, George Mitchell, Frances Fairbanks, Jay WhiteCrow, Lyle Rustad, Clyde Bellecourt, Lehman Brightman ..
Directed by: Lynn Salt, David Mueller
Release date: 2010-11-12
Best History Movies of 2010 : Sniper: Deadliest Missions

Sniper: Deadliest Missions

7.3/10 IMDB

He's the deadliest weapon on the battlefield, but his next shot could be his last. Outnumbered - Outgunned - Behind enemy lines - What happens when the tables are turned and the hunter becomes the hunted? This is SNIPER: DEADLIEST MISSIONS. From the treacherous jungles of Vietnam and the bloody war zones of Iraq, to danger high in the skies of the Alaskan wilderness, this two-hour special puts you behind the scope with the men who pulled the trigger on some of the deadliest missions in military and law enforcement history. Gripping firsthand accounts, 3-D graphics and jaw-dropping shooting demonstrations take you inside the shadowy world of top snipers and the missions that made them living legends. Outmanned and out-gunned - will the next shot be their last?

Directed by: Emre Sahin
Release date: 2010-01-09
Best History Movies of 2010 : The Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain

8.2/10 IMDB

Seventy years on, brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor take viewers through the key moments of the Battle of Britain, when 'the few' of the RAF faced the might of the Nazi Luftwaffe. As they fly historic planes, meet the veterans, explore the tactics and technology, Colin and Ewan discover the importance of the Battle and the surviving legacy of the 1940's campaign for the modern RAF.

Starring: Ewan McGregor, Colin McGregor, Cliff Spink, Winston Churchill, Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göring ..
Directed by: Ashley Gething
Release date: 2010-09-19

Fighting the Red Baron

6.9/10 IMDB

Following two modern Red Arrows pilots as they take on the challenges faced by World War I pilots.

Release date: 2010-06-04

The Sons of Tennessee Williams

6.5/10 IMDB

Mardi Gras, drag balls and politics – where else could these elements come together but in New Orleans? Interweaving archival footage and contemporary interviews, The Sons of Tennessee Williams charts the evolution of the gay Mardi Gras krewe scene over the decades, illuminating the ways in which its emergence was a seminal factor in the cause of gay liberation in the South.

Directed by: Tim Wolff
Release date: 2010-06-26

Junko's Shamisen

7.9/10 IMDB

A young Japanese orphan, and her mystical friend, exact poetic justice on a malevolent samurai lord.

Starring: David Fujino, Benny Min, Clemence Wong ..
Directed by: Sol Friedman
Release date: 2010-01-24

Storming Juno

6.6/10 IMDB

Storming Juno is a film based on the remarkable and determined actions of a handful of young Canadian men who stormed Juno Beach on June 6, 1944. D-Day.

Starring: Benjamin Muir, Kevin Walker, Drew Dafoe, Alex Dault, Jesse Nerenberg, Alden Adair, Craig Cyr, Chris Arend ..
Directed by: Tim Wolochatiuk
Release date: 2010-11-11
Best History Movies of 2010 : Palace of Silents

Palace of Silents

6.6/10 IMDB

Through interviews, archival footage and detailed research, Palace of Silents reveals the touching, twisted, and bloody history of one independent theater's successful attempt to stubbornly buck every cinematic trend in the hometown of American cinema.

Starring: Laurence Austin, Michael F. Blake, Mike Hawks, Charlie Lustman, Douglas S. Matthews, Robert Mitchell, Dean Mora, David Slaughter, George Wagner, Valerie Yaros ..
Directed by: Iain Kennedy
Release date: 2010-10-03
Best History Movies of 2010 : American Coup

American Coup

7.4/10 IMDB

AMERICAN COUP tells the story of the first coup ever carried out by the CIA - Iran, 1953. Explores the blowback from this seminal event, as well as the coup's lingering effects on the present US-Iranian relationship. Includes a segment on the 1979 Iranian Hostage Crisis and its relation to the 1953 coup. Concludes with a section on the recent Iranian presidential election. Contains interviews with noted Middle East experts and historians and prominent public figures such as Stephen Kinzer (author, All The Shah's Men), Prof. Ervand Abrahamian, Trita Parsi, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, Ted Koppel and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas. With Iranian cinematography by James Longley.

Starring: Ervand Abrahamian, Ehsan Yarshater ..
Directed by: Joe Ayella
Release date: 2010-11-09

Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague

6.0/10 IMDB

Patient Zero is a stewardess, stricken with what she thinks is chickenpox. She goes to ground in a Montreal hotel room. A few weeks later, she's back on the job, unaware of her role in an impending public health catastrophe. Pandemics have killed more people throughout history than all wars combined. They are unpredictable - and inevitable. Are we ready for the next big one? Outbreak: Anatomy of a Plague juxtaposes a 21st century scenario against the little-known story of the 1885 smallpox epidemic that devastated Montreal. Combining brisk narrative with rigorous research, it vividly evokes a modern city under siege, drawing eerie parallels with 1885. Confronted with social unrest, ethnic scapegoating and economic ruin, authorities struggle to maintain control - and to contain a deadly infection.

Starring: Colm Feore, Marc Beique, Michael Bliss ..
Directed by: Jefferson Lewis
Release date: 2010-04-01
Best History Movies of 2010 : Hatalyan (The Hangman)

Hatalyan (The Hangman)

7.0/10 IMDB

The life of Shalom, The Nazi major officer Adolf Eichmann's hangman, turned ritual slaughterer, encapsulates the story of Israel from the perspective of the 'other'- the marginalized Sephardi prison warden who is forced to do the dirty work of hanging the arch enemy and thus to carry a national burden that dramatically shaped his life. His job in the abattoir, together with his memories of his past, create a fascinating and complex portrait. His voice, yet unheard, from the edge of Israel's historical events, reveals new insights through his unique perspective. Shalom's clear, alternative voice from the margins of society carries a deeply humanistic universal message.

Directed by: Netalie Braun, Avigail Sperber
Release date: 2010-01-01
Best History Movies of 2010 : NOVA: Riddles of the Sphinx

NOVA: Riddles of the Sphinx

6.9/10 IMDB

For 45 centuries, the Great Sphinx has cast its enigmatic gaze over Egypt's Giza Plateau. The biggest and oldest statue in a land of colossal ancient monuments, its scale is staggering: The mighty head towers as tall as the White House, while its body is nearly the length of a football field. This strange half-human, half-lion image has inspired countless fantastic theories about its origins. How was it built, and who or what does it represent? Surprisingly, the scribes of the period when it was built—during Egypt's Old Kingdom—passed over it in silence. Adding to the mystery, archeologists found that its creators abruptly discarded their tools and abandoned the Sphinx when it was nearly complete. Searching for clues, NOVA's expert team of archeologists, including Mark Lehner, director of Ancient Egypt Research Associates, carries out eye-opening experiments.

Starring: Ramsey Faragallah, Zahi Hawass, Günter Dreyer, Mark Lehner, Jay O. Sanders, Rainer Stadelmann, Kasia Szpakowska ..
Directed by: Gary Glassman
Release date: 2010-01-19
Best History Movies of 2010 : The Real Robin Hood

The Real Robin Hood

7.1/10 IMDB

Was there really a Robin Hood? Did he steal from the rich and give to the poor? This History Channel program revisits the popular legend of the valiant folk hero, revealing Robin's true origins as a composite of multiple figures from the distant past, reviewing their amazing exploits, and seeking insights from historians as well as cast members of the 2010 adventure film "Robin Hood" and its director, Ridley Scott.

Starring: Ridley Scott, Russell Crowe, Cate Blanchett, Dominic Kinnaird, Lockhart Ogilvie, William Hurt ..
Directed by: M. David Melvin
Release date: 2010-05-11
Best History Movies of 2010 : Hawke


6.9/10 IMDB

The story of Bob Hawke - Australia's most loved Prime Minister as he faces his greatest challenge: a battle within his own party. As he fights for his life, we discover his incredible transformation from a hard-drinking womanising trade union leader into a visionary world leader. For a man who once sacrificed his family to his job, he must now rely solely on his friendships and allegiances to defeat his challenger and remain in power.

Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake, Felix Williamson, Sacha Horler, Asher Keddie, Patrick Brammall, Lliam Amor, Simon Maiden, Greg Saunders, Terry Norris ..
Directed by: Emma Freeman
Release date: 2010-07-18

Ghosts of War

6.1/10 IMDB

Northern France, 1917. Australian Private Joseph Richmond and his fellow soldiers from the 18th Battalion A.I.F. have retreated into a supply trench during an artillery barrage. After being left by himself to act as a listening post, Joe discovers the all-important trench periscope has been damaged, meaning he has to poke his head above the parapet to determine enemy movements after he can overhear them close by. After exchanging shots with an unseen enemy, he retreats, but is confronted by a mysterious soldier. The soldier tells Joe go with him, even though he is not Joe’s relief. Joe refuses to leave his post without proper orders. The soldier reveals himself to be Joe as well, that Joe’s shooting exchange was fatal, and he has been dead ever since. The mysterious soldier represents everything Joe had to leave behind to become a soldier, but now he is dead, the two must reunite so Joe’s soul can meet its destiny.

Starring: Graham Brissett, Simon Broadhurst ..
Directed by: David Sander
Release date: 2010-04-25

First Light

7.0/10 IMDB

In May 1940, feeling the RAF needs every man to fight to Luftwaffe, Geoffrey 'Geoff'/'Boy' Wellum joins at 18, becoming the youngest ever Spitfire pilot. After an intense training, he soon bonds with the flying men of his squadron. In the air, danger is great, but on the ground drinks, sports and girls, in Geoff's case Sarah, provide great comfort. However in time, the casualties exact a grueling psychological toll, until his tour of duty is ended after 18 months.

Starring: Sam Heughan, Paul Kinman, Paul Linto, Gary Lewis, Ben Aldridge, Alex Robertson, Tuppence Middleton, Jordan Bernarde, Alex Waldmann, Geoffrey Wellum ..
Directed by: Matthew Whiteman
Release date: 2010-09-14

Guru: Bhagwan, His Secretary & His Bodyguard

6.6/10 IMDB

The wild Seventies. A quest for higher consciousness, spirituality and sexual freedom. In England, young Hugh Milne hears the voice of spiritual teacher Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh on an audiotape and travels to India in search of his own self. Sheela Patel, a young Indian woman, is brought to the charismatic guru by her father. At 21, she knows: all she wants is to be with this man. In his Ashram in Poona, Bhagwan urges his disciples to meditate and practise tantric sex in order to reach a higher plane of consciousness. Hugh watches the guru's ascent as his bodyguard. Sheela becomes his secretary and the powerful boss of Bhagwan's model community born in the mountains of Oregon...

Directed by: Sabine Gisiger, Beat Häner
Release date: 2010-05-01

Into the Cold: A Journey of the Soul

6.8/10 IMDB

Into the Cold retraces two men dramatic expedition to the North Pole one of the toughest and most magnificent environments in the world and also one that is rapidly vanishing. In two months, 400+ miles, and -50F temperatures, the film reveals a deeply personal journey by foot to the top of the world as never before seen on camera. At current rates of climate change, this centennial commemorative expedition in 2009 will not be possible in another 100 years.

Starring: Sebastian Copeland, Keith Heger ..
Directed by: Sebastian Copeland
Release date: 2010-04-01
Best History Movies of 2010 : NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals

NOVA: Building the Great Cathedrals

7.0/10 IMDB

Carved from a hundred million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking a hundred years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians, and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell-towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. On this dazzling journey inside the jewels of Gothic architecture, NOVA reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.

Starring: Jay O. Sanders ..
Directed by: Scott Tiffany
Release date: 2010-10-19

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