Best History Movies of 2011


The Iron Lady

6.4/10 IMDB

A look at the life of Margaret Thatcher, the former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, with a focus on the price she paid for power.

Starring: Meryl Streep, Anthony Stewart Head, Harry Lloyd, Jim Broadbent, Susan Brown, Alice da Cunha, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Iain Glen, Alexandra Roach, Victoria Bewick ..
Directed by: Phyllida Lloyd
Release date: 2011-12-30

J. Edgar

6.5/10 IMDB

As the face of law enforcement in the United States for almost 50 years, J. Edgar Hoover was feared and admired, reviled and revered. But behind closed doors, he held secrets that would have destroyed his image, his career, and his life.

Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Josh Hamilton, Geoff Pierson, Armie Hammer, Naomi Watts, Judi Dench, Gunner Wright, Kaitlyn Dever, Adam Driver, Ed Westwick ..
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2011-11-09
Best History Movies of 2011 : Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements

Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements

8.6/10 IMDB

If you take a pinch of Khoi-San lament, a dash of Malay spice, a bold measure of European orchestral, a splash of Xhosa spiritual, a clash of marching bands, a riff of rock, the pizzazz of the Klopse, some driving primal beat, and a lot of humour and musical virtuosity, what do you get? Goema Goema Goema! Weaving together the ancient, the traditional, and the classical into the contemporary universal sound of Cape Town, Mac MacKenzie, musical mastermind and founder of The Genuines and The Goema Captains of Cape Town, puts together the final touches to the culmination of his life’s work: Goema in Five Movements. Musicians and musical commentators Hilton Schilder, Neo Muyanga, Iain Harris and Graham Arendse, and new kids on the block, Kyle Shepherd and Shane Cooper, add a contemporary context to Goema, while the orchestra rehearses for its premiere performance at the SABC studios.

Directed by: Angela Ramirez, Sara CF de Gouveia
Release date: 2011-06-11
Best History Movies of 2011 : An African Election

An African Election

7.5/10 IMDB

Filmmaker Jarreth Merz directs this eye-opening documentary about the 2008 presidential elections in Ghana, chronicling the start-to-finish drama of campaigning in a nation that's long served as a measure of the continent's political stability.

Directed by: Jarreth Merz, Kevin Merz
Release date: 2011-11-25
Best History Movies of 2011 : Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum)

Through the Weeping Glass: On the Consolations of Life Everlasting (Limbos & Afterbreezes in the Mütter Museum)

7.2/10 IMDB

A documentary on the subject of the collections of books, instruments and medical anomalies at The College of Physicians of Philadelphia and the Mutter Museum housed there. This short film represents the first to be made by the internationally recognized Quay Brothers in the United States. While not a stop-motion animation film, a form for which the Quays are best known, the entire film is vibrantly constructed and 'animated'. Musical score by composer Tim Nelson and voice-over provided by Derek Jacobi.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Marie Fury ..
Directed by: Stephen Quay, Timothy Quay
Release date: 2011-09-24
Best History Movies of 2011 : The Civil War on Drugs

The Civil War on Drugs

7.7/10 IMDB

The Civil War on Drugs is a historical drama that the Whitest Kids You Know made to document the journey to legalize marijuana during the War Between the States.

Starring: Trevor Moore, Zach Cregger, Sam Brown ..
Directed by: Zach Cregger, Trevor Moore
Release date: 2011-03-28
Best History Movies of 2011 : The Sinking of the Laconia

The Sinking of the Laconia

7.0/10 IMDB

Two-part drama based on the true story of the Allied ship Laconia, sunk in WWII by a German U-Boat, which then surfaced against orders to rescue the civilian crew

Release date: 2011-01-06
Best History Movies of 2011 : The Universe, UFO: The Real Deal

The Universe, UFO: The Real Deal

6.6/10 IMDB

The enterprising alien who wants to visit Earth faces a number of daunting challenges. This program examines the advanced technologies he would need with an emphasis on concepts for interstellar travel humans are exploring.

Starring: Erik Thompson, William Alschuler, Kevin R. Grazier, Seth Shostak, Lucianne Walkowicz, Clifford V. Johnson, Richard Obousy, Andrew Ng, Alex Filippenko ..
Directed by: Jim Hense
Release date: 2011-12-03
Best History Movies of 2011 : Panama Canal: Gateway to the American Century

Panama Canal: Gateway to the American Century

7.8/10 IMDB

From PBS and American Experience - On August 15th, 1914, the Panama Canal opened, connecting the world's two largest oceans and signaling America's emergence as a global superpower.

Starring: Michael Murphy, Josh Hamilton, Frederick Allen, John W. Bowen, Carol R. Byerly, Granville Clarke, Julie Greene, Carolyn McCormick, Marco A. Mason, Jackson Lears ..
Directed by: Stephen Ives
Release date: 2011-01-24
Best History Movies of 2011 : Up From Slavery

Up From Slavery

7.4/10 IMDB

In 1860, as the American Experiment threatened to explode into a bloody civil war, there were as many as four hundred thousand slave-owners in the United States, and almost four million slaves. The nation was founded upon the idea that all men are created equal and endowed by their creator with the inalienable rights of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The nation would pay a bloody cost for denying that right to more than twelve percent of its population. But when slavery was first brought to America's shores, this war, and even the nation it tore apart, was centuries in the future. With incredibly detailed historical reenactments, expert commentary and the stories of slavery told through first-hand accounts, this is an epic struggle 400 years in the making. A journey into the past like none other. This is the story of these men and women who by their hands laid the foundation of what would become the most powerful nation on Earth.

Starring: Coby Batty, Keydron Dunn ..
Directed by: Kevin R. Hershberger
Release date: 2011-09-13

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