Best History Movies of 2011

1.

J. Edgar

5.3
6.6/10

As the face of law enforcement in America 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
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2011-11-09
2.

Anonymous

4.9
6.9/10

Set against the backdrop of the succession of Queen Elizabeth I, and the Essex Rebellion against her, the story advances the theory that it was in fact Edward De Vere, Earl of Oxford who penned Shakespeare's plays.

Starring: Jamie Campbell Bower, Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Joely Richardson, Vanessa Redgrave
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 2011-10-21
3.

Ironclad

4.4
6.2/10

In the year 1215, the rebel barons of England have forced their despised King John to put his royal seal on the Magna Carta, a seminal document that upheld the rights of free men. Yet within months of pledging himself to the great charter, the King reneged on his word and assembled a mercenary army on the south coast of England with the intention of bringing the barons and the country back under his tyrannical rule. Barring his way stood the mighty Rochester castle, a place that would become the symbol of the rebel's momentous struggle for justice and freedom.

Starring: James Purefoy, Kate Mara, Jason Flemyng, Paul Giamatti, Brian Cox
Directed by: Jonathan English
Release date: 2011-03-03
4.

Mama Goema: The Cape Town Beat in Five Movements

3.9
8.6/10

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
Release date: 2011-06-11
5.

United

3.9
7.5/10

United is based on the true story of Manchester United's legendary "Busby Babes", the youngest side ever to win the Football League and the 1958 Munich Air Crash that claimed eight of the their number. The film draws on first-hand interviews with the survivors and their families to tell the inspirational story of a team and community overcoming terrible tragedy.

Starring: David Tennant, Jack O'Connell, Sam Claflin, Dougray Scott, Dean Andrews
Directed by: James Strong
Release date: 2011-01-02
6.

Alone in the Wilderness Part II

3.4
8.6/10

Dick Proenneke's simple, yet profound account of his 30 year adventure in the remote Alaska wilderness continues in this sequel to "Alone in the Wilderness". Watch through his eyes as he continues to document with his 16mm wind-up Bolex camera, capturing his own amazing craftsmanship, the stunning Alaskan wildlife and scenery and even a visit from his brother Ray (Jake). His epic journey takes you on a vacation away from the hustle and bustle of today's fast-paced society, and is a true breath of fresh air.

Starring: Dick Proenneke, Bob Swerer Sr.
Directed by: Dick Proenneke, Bob Swerer Sr., Bob Swerer Jr.
Release date: 2011-12-02
7.

Snow Flower and the Secret Fan

3.3
6.1/10

A story set in 19th century China and centered on the lifelong friendship between two girls who develop their own secret code as a way to contend with the rigid cultural norms imposed on women.

Starring: Li Bingbing, Jun Ji-hyun, Hugh Jackman, Vivian Wu, Jiang Wu
Directed by: Wayne Wang
Release date: 2011-07-15
8.

An African Election

3.3
7.5/10
An African Election
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
9.

17 Miracles

3.2
6.4/10
17 Miracles
As part of the Willie Handcart Company, Levi Savage (Jasen Wade) feared that leaving late in the season would lead to despair and death. What he came to find out is that for every tragedy, there is a multitude of miracles. Based on unbelievable actual events, and brought to you by filmmaker T.C. Christensen (Praise to the Man, The Work and the Glory), 17 Miracles will open your eyes to the stories of the Mormon Pioneers as you have never seen them before. Something extraordinary is about to happen.
Starring: Jasen Wade, Emily Wadley, Jason Celaya, Natalie Blackman, Bruce Newbold
Directed by: T.C. Christensen
Release date: 2011-01-01
10.

Memorial Day

3.2
6.1/10
Memorial Day
Memorial Day, 1993. When 13-year-old Kyle Vogel discovers the World War II footlocker belonging to his grandfather, Bud, everyone tells Kyle to put it back. Luckily, he ignores them. Although Bud has never talked about the war, he finds himself striking a deal with his grandson: Kyle can pick any three souvenirs, and Bud will tell him the stories behind each one. Memorial Day not only takes us on a journey into Bud's complicated wartime past, but also into Kyle's wartime future. As the two men share parallel experiences in combat, they come to realize how that magical day on the porch shaped both of their lives. 
Starring: Jonathan Bennett, James Cromwell, Jackson Bond, Mary Kay Fortier-Spalding, Emily Fradenburgh
Directed by: Sam Fischer
Release date: 2011-06-06
11.

The Loving Story

3.2
7.6/10
The Loving Story
This documentary film tells the dramatic story of Richard and Mildred Loving, an interracial couple living in Virginia in the 1950s, and their landmark Supreme Court Case, Loving v. Virginia, that changed history.
Directed by: Nancy Buirski
Release date: 2011-04-15
12.

Nova Zembla

3.0
5.8/10

Nova Zembla tells the gripping true story of the legendary failed mission of the late sixteenth century Dutch flotilla trying to find a trading route to Asia across the North Pole. The ship crew, who got stuck in the ice of Nova Zembla and had to survive the dark coldness of winter in the most gruesome of circumstances. An incredibly powerful story of determination, hardship and a triumph of the human spirit. The sixteenth century Dutch ship crew is leaving the port of Amsterdam and sailing to the northern arctic, where they get stuck in the ice. Two ships take part at the mission and captain De Rijp decides to return while he still can, while the other ship helmed by Willem Barentsz, stubbornly proceeds.

Starring: Robert de Hoog, Jan Decleir, Derek de Lint, Doutzen Kroes, Victor Reinier
Directed by: Reinout Oerlemans
Release date: 2011-11-23
13.

The Desert of Forbidden Art

2.9
7.7/10
The Desert of Forbidden Art
How does art survive in a time of oppression? During the Soviet rule artists who stay true to their vision are executed, sent to mental hospitals or Gulags. Their plight inspires young Igor Savitsky. He pretends to buy state-approved art but instead daringly rescues 40,000 forbidden fellow artist's works and creates a museum in the desert of Uzbekistan, far from the watchful eyes of the KGB. Though a penniless artist himself, he cajoles the cash to pay for the art from the same authorities who are banning it. Savitsky amasses an eclectic mix of Russian Avant-Garde art. But his greatest discovery is an unknown school of artists who settle in Uzbekistan after the Russian revolution of 1917, encountering a unique Islamic culture, as exotic to them as Tahiti was for Gauguin. They develop a startlingly original style, fusing European modernism with centuries-old Eastern traditions.
Starring: Ed Asner, Sally Field, Ben Kingsley
Directed by: Amanda Pope, Tchavdar Georgiev
Release date: 2011-03-18
14.

Tatsumi

2.8
7.1/10
Tatsumi
Animated film based on the life and stories of Manga writer Yoshihiro Tatsumi who revolutionised the art form with darker, more adult stories. The film animates several of his stories
Starring: Tetsuya Bessho, Motoko Gollent, Yoshihiro Tatsumi, Mike Wiluan
Directed by: Eric Khoo
Release date: 2011-09-15
15.

American Teacher

2.7
6.9/10
American Teacher
As the debate over the state of America's public school system rages on, one thing everyone agrees on is the need for great teachers. Yet, while research proves that teachers are the most important school factor in a child's future success, America's teachers are so woefully underpaid that almost a third must divide their time between a second job in order to make a living. Chronicling the stories of four teachers in different areas of the country, American Teacher reveals the frustrating realities of today's educators, the difficulty of attracting talented new teachers, and why so many of our best teachers feel forced to leave the profession altogether. But this wake-up call to our system's failings also looks at possibilities for reform. Can we re-value teaching in the United States and turn it into a prestigious, financially attractive and competitive profession? With almost half of American teachers leaving the field in the next five years, now is the time to find out.
Starring: Erik Benner, Neil Cavuto, Johnathan Dearman, Jamie Fidler, Rhena Jasey
Directed by: Vanessa Roth
Release date: 2011-05-03
16.

The Sinking of the Laconia

2.6
7.0/10
The Sinking of the Laconia
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
17.

The Universe, UFO: The Real Deal

2.5
6.5/10
The Universe, UFO: The Real Deal
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
Directed by: Jim Hense
Release date: 2011-12-03
18.

The Cup

2.4
5.7/10

At the heart of this true story is Damien Oliver, a young jockey who loses his only brother in a tragic racing accident, hauntingly reflecting of the way their father died 27 years earlier. After suffering through a series of discouraging defeats, Damien teams with Irish trainer Dermot Weld, and triumphs at the 2002 Melbourne Cup in one of the most thrilling finales in sporting history.

Starring: Stephen Curry, Brendan Gleeson, Alice Parkinson, Bill Hunter, Tom Burlinson
Directed by: Simon Wincer
Release date: 2011-11-13
19.

The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy

1.9
4.5/10
The Legend of Hell's Gate: An American Conspiracy
In 1870s Texas, a ruthless bounty hunter and an Irish desperado flee the law with a young criminal claiming to possess a treasure more valuable than gold. Crossing paths with some of the West’s most notorious figures, the three outlaws fight for their lives in the pursuit of fame and fortune. Fueled by an ensemble cast and inspired by actual events, THE LEGEND OF HELL’S GATE blends legend and history into a Western spectacle that recounts a treacherous existence in post Civil War Texas.
Starring: Eric Balfour, Lou Taylor Pucci, Henry Thomas, James Lafferty, Summer Glau
Directed by: Tanner Beard
Release date: 2011-03-03
20.

Kamen Rider OOO Wonderful: The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals

1.8
4.1/10

Leading an expedition in Thuringia, Germany, Kousei Kougami was unearthing the resting place of one of the First OOO's alchemist to obtain legendary Lost Medals. The Shogun and the 21 Core Medals features a trip to the past where the cast of Kamen Rider OOO meets up with Tokugawa Yoshimune (portrayed by Ken Matsudaira) to battle the powerful alchemist Gara (portrayed by Miki Sakai) while learning the origins of the Core Medals. The film also introduced Kamen Rider OOO's Burakawani Combo

Starring: Shu Watanabe, Ryosuke Miura, Riho Takada, Hiroaki Iwanaga, Asaya Kimijima
Directed by: Takayuki Shibasaki
Release date: 2011-08-06

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