Best History Movies of 2010

1.

The King's Speech

6.6
8.0/10

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
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Release date: 2010-09-06
2.

The Pacific

5.9
8.3/10

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
3.

The Way Back

5.2
7.3/10

Peter Weir's follow-up to Master & Commander (2003) is the stark & brilliant The Way Back, which takes on the theme of man's struggle for freedom. At the dawn of WWII, several men escape from a Russian gulag. The film details their perilous & uncertain journey to freedom, as they cross deserts, mountains, & several nations.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Dejan Angelov, Drago? Bucur, Ed Harris, Jim Sturgess
Directed by: Peter Weir
Release date: 2010-09-03
4.

The Pillars of the Earth

5.0
8.1/10
The Pillars of the Earth
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
5.

Made in Dagenham

5.0
7.2/10

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
Directed by: Nigel Cole
Release date: 2010-09-11
6.

Carlos

4.8
7.7/10

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 von Waldstätten, Talal Jurdi
Directed by: Olivier Assayas
Release date: 2010-05-19
7.

Les Misérables in Concert - The 25th Anniversary

4.4
8.8/10
Les Misérables in Concert - The 25th Anniversary
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
Directed by: Nick Morris
Release date: 2010-10-03
8.

The Weight of Chains

4.2
8.3/10

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
Directed by: Boris Malagurski
Release date: 2010-12-17
9.

Toast

4.1
6.6/10
Toast
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
Directed by: S.J. Clarkson
Release date: 2010-12-30
10.

Ong Bak 3

3.8
5.0/10

Ong Bak 3 picks up where Ong Bak 2 had left off. Tien is captured and almost beaten to death before he is saved and brought back to the Kana Khone villagers. There he is taught meditation and how to deal with his Karma, but very soon his arch rival returns challenging Tien for a final duel.

Starring: Tony Jaa, Dan Chupong, Sarunyu Wongkrachang, Sorapong Chatree, Nirut Sirichanya
Directed by: Tony Jaa, Panna Rittikrai
Release date: 2010-05-05
11.

Beneath Hill 60

3.7
7.1/10

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
Directed by: Jeremy Sims
Release date: 2010-04-15
12.

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

3.6
7.2/10
Not the Messiah (He's a Very Naughty Boy)
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
Directed by: Aubrey Powell
Release date: 2010-03-25
13.

Into the Storm

3.6
7.1/10
Into the Storm
This powerful follow-up to “The Gathering Storm” follows Churchill from 1940 to 1945 as he guided his beleaguered nation through the crucible of the war years--even as his marriage was encountering its own struggles.
Starring: Brendan Gleeson, Adrian Scarborough, Iain Glen, James D'Arcy, Janet McTeer
Directed by: Thaddeus O'Sullivan
Release date: 2010-10-23
14.

The Kingdom of Solomon

3.5
6.4/10

Solomon, Prophet and the King, has asked God to give him an ideal kingdom which has never been given to anybody before. He is told to prepare himself and his subjects with evil and unearthly creatures that haunt the men.

Directed by: Shahriar Bahrani
Release date: 2010-10-06
15.

The Special Relationship

3.5
6.7/10

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
Directed by: Richard Loncraine
Release date: 2010-05-29
16.

Ben Hur

3.4
6.3/10

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
17.

Mental: A History of the Madhouse

3.1
6.4/10
Mental: A History of the Madhouse
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
Directed by: Chris Boulding
Release date: 2010-05-25
18.

Storming Juno

3.0
6.9/10

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
Directed by: Tim Wolochatiuk
Release date: 2010-11-11
19.

The Battle of Britain

3.0
8.0/10
The Battle of Britain
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
Directed by: Ashley Gething
Release date: 2010-09-19
20.

Hawke

2.8
6.9/10
Hawke
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
Directed by: Emma Freeman
Release date: 2010-07-18

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