Best History Movies of 2012


Les Misérables

7.5/10 IMDB

An adaptation of the successful stage musical based on Victor Hugo's classic novel set in 19th-century France, in which a paroled prisoner named Jean Valjean seeks redemption.

Starring: Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, Daniel Huttlestone ..
Directed by: Tom Hooper
Release date: 2012-12-18


7.3/10 IMDB

The revealing story of the 16th US President's tumultuous final months in office. In a nation divided by war and the strong winds of change, Lincoln pursues a course of action designed to end the war, unite the country and abolish slavery. With the moral courage and fierce determination to succeed, his choices during this critical moment will change the fate of generations to come.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Sally Field, David Strathairn, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, James Spader, Hal Holbrook, Tommy Lee Jones, Lee Pace, Jackie Earle Haley, Jared Harris ..
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 2012-11-09

Zero Dark Thirty

7.4/10 IMDB

A chronicle of the decade-long hunt for al-Qaeda terrorist leader Osama bin Laden after the September 2001 attacks, and his death at the hands of the Navy S.E.A.L. Team 6 in May, 2011.

Starring: Jessica Chastain, Jason Clarke, Mark Strong, Joel Edgerton, Chris Pratt, Kyle Chandler, Edgar Ramírez, Mark Duplass, Scott Adkins, Jennifer Ehle ..
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 2012-12-19

Game Change

7.4/10 IMDB

During the Republican run of the 2008 Presidential election, candidate John McCain picks a relative unknown, Alaskan governor Sarah Palin, to be his running mate. As the campaign kicks into high gear, her lack of experience, in both political and media savvy, becomes a drain upon McCain and his strategists.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Woody Harrelson, Ed Harris, Peter MacNicol, Jamey Sheridan, Sarah Paulson, Ron Livingston, Brian d'Arcy James, David Barry Gray, Brenna McDonough ..
Directed by: Jay Roach
Release date: 2012-03-09


6.5/10 IMDB

As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S.

Starring: Matthew Fox, Tommy Lee Jones, Eriko Hatsune, Masayoshi Haneda, Kaori Momoi, Toshiyuki Nishida, Colin Moy, Masat? Ibu, Isao Natsuyagi, Takatarô Kataoka ..
Directed by: Peter Webber
Release date: 2012-09-14

Red Tails

5.9/10 IMDB

The story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots to fly in a combat squadron during World War II.

Starring: Bryan Cranston, David Oyelowo, Cuba Gooding Jr., Daniela Ruah, Terrence Howard, Andre Royo, Robert Kazinsky, Lee Tergesen, Matthew Leitch, Michael B. Jordan ..
Directed by: Anthony Hemingway
Release date: 2012-01-19
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8.6/10 IMDB

Oliver Stone charts the history of the United States from the Second World War to the present.

Starring: Oliver Stone, Vasili Arkhipov, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Henry A. Wallace, Harry S. Truman, Joseph Stalin, Winston Churchill, Barack Obama, George W. Bush, John F. Kennedy ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2012-11-12

For Greater Glory: The True Story of Cristiada

6.5/10 IMDB

A chronicle of the Cristeros War (1926-1929), which was touched off by a rebellion against the Mexican government's attempt to secularize the country.

Starring: Eva Longoria, Andy García, Oscar Isaac, Peter O'Toole, Rubén Blades, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Mauricio Kuri, Adrián Alonso, Eduardo Verástegui, Nestor Carbonell ..
Directed by: Dean Wright
Release date: 2012-06-01

Hyde Park on Hudson

5.9/10 IMDB

The story of the love affair between FDR and his distant cousin Margaret Stuckley, centered around the weekend in 1939 when the King and Queen of the United Kingdom visited upstate New York.

Starring: Bill Murray, Olivia Williams, Laura Linney, Olivia Colman, Elizabeth Marvel, Samuel West, Elizabeth Wilson, Martin McDougall, Andrew Havill, Eleanor Bron ..
Directed by: Roger Michell
Release date: 2012-12-07

The Invisible War

7.6/10 IMDB

An investigative and powerfully emotional documentary about the epidemic of rape of soldiers within the US military, the institutions that perpetuate and cover up its existence, and its profound personal and social consequences.

Starring: Kori Cioca, Jessica Hinves, Ariana Klay, Elle Helmer, Hannah Sewell, Trina McDonald, Robin Lynne Lafayette, Rob McDonald, Jerry Sewell, Kirby Dick ..
Directed by: Kirby Dick
Release date: 2012-01-20
Best History Movies of 2012 : Henry IV, Part 1 - Live at Shakespeare's Globe

Henry IV, Part 1 - Live at Shakespeare's Globe

8.3/10 IMDB

Prince Hal, son of King Henry IV, seems to be squandering his life away with the fat knight Sir John Falstaff and the whores, boozers and petty rogues of Eastcheap. But beside these scenes of glorious misrule gathers a nationwide rebellion led by the Duke of Northumberland and his charismatic son, Hotspur. The first installment of Shakespeare's gripping account of the rise of Hal from idle barfly to monarch-in-waiting combines compelling power politics with the hilarious antics of Falstaff, Shakespeare's greatest comic creation.

Starring: Roger Allam, Jason Baughan, Jason Baughan, Daon Broni, Phil Cheadle, Oliver Coopersmith, Sam Crane, William Gaunt, Sean Kearns, James Lailey ..
Directed by: Dominic Dromgoole
Release date: 2012-05-27
Best History Movies of 2012 : Birdsong


7.3/10 IMDB

As an English soldier fights in the horrific trenches of northern France, he is haunted by the memories of his forbidden love affair with a French woman.

Release date: 2012-04-24

This Ain't California

7.3/10 IMDB

A retrospective look at the youth cultures born in the German Democratic Republic. A celebration of the lust for life, a contemporary trip into the world of skate, a tale on three heroes and their boards, from their childhood in the seventies, through their teenage rebellion in the eighties and the summer of 1989, when their life changed forever, to 2011.

Starring: David Nathan, Bill Clinton, Erich Honecker, Helmut Kohl, Kai Hillebrand, Alexander Fabian Langlotz, Tina Bartel, Nora Decker, Gotti Gottschild, Lea Wolfram ..
Directed by: Marten Persiel
Release date: 2012-08-15

For No Good Reason

7.0/10 IMDB

For No Good Reason a film about Ralph Steadman. Johnny Depp guides the visually stunning journey, smashing narrative conventions, moving seamlessly from interview to animation and in the finest Gonzo tradition questions of witness and authenticity are challenged. Steadman's art is for the first time animated, including illustrations from Hunter S Thompson's Fear and Loathing in Las Vagas. Featuring Richard E Grant, Terry Gilliam, Bruce Robinson and with music from Slash, The All American Rejects, Jason Mraz, Crystal Castles, Ed Hardcourt and Beth Orton. A touching and at times funny film about honesty, friendship and the ambition driving an artist. This is a true record of the demise of the 20th Century counterculture and hipster dream with Ralph Steadman the last of the Gonzo visionaries.

Starring: Ralph Steadman, Hunter S. Thompson, Terry Gilliam, Richard E. Grant, Jann Wenner, Johnny Depp ..
Directed by: Charlie Paul
Release date: 2012-10-12
Best History Movies of 2012 : World Without End

World Without End

6.9/10 IMDB

The English town of Kingsbridge works to survive as the King leads the nation into the Hundred Years' War with France while Europe deals with the outbreak of the Black Death.

Release date: 2012-01-01
Best History Movies of 2012 : Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories

Death Camp Treblinka: Survivor Stories

8.0/10 IMDB

The only two survivors of the Treblinka concentration camp recount the horrors they experienced and tell how their lives were after escaping during a revolt in 1943.

Starring: Richard Lintern, David Cesarani, David Silberklang, Kalman Teigman, Samuel Willenberg, Ada 'Krysia' Willenberg, Orit Willenberg-Giladi ..
Directed by: Dollan Cannell, Spike Geilinger
Release date: 2012-08-15

Britain's Greatest Codebreaker

7.0/10 IMDB

Alan Turing is the genius British mathematician who was instrumental in breaking the German naval Enigma Code during World War II, arguably saving millions of lives. Turing's achievements went unrecognised during his lifetime. Instead he ended up being treated as a common criminal, for being homosexual at a time when homosexual acts were a crime. In 1952, he was convicted of 'gross indecency' with another man and was forced to undergo so-called 'organo-therapy' - chemical castration. Two years later, he killed himself with cyanide, aged just 41. Alan Turing was driven to a terrible despair and early death by the nation he'd done so much to save.

Starring: Ed Stoppard, Henry Goodman, Paul McGann, Asa Briggs, Jean Valentine, David Leavitt, Rolf Noskwith, Dermot Turing, Christopher Morcom, Ian Stewart ..
Directed by: Clare Beavan, Nic Stacey
Release date: 2012-10-17
Best History Movies of 2012 : WWE: The Best of SmackDown - 10th Anniversary, 1999-2009

WWE: The Best of SmackDown - 10th Anniversary, 1999-2009

6.4/10 IMDB

Smackdown! Tenth Anniversary was put together with the Best of SmackDown 1999 – 2009 counts down the 100 greatest moments in the show’s history.

Starring: Paul Michael Lévesque, Mark William Calaway, John Cena, Kurt Angle, Chris Benoit, Eddie Guerrero, Dave Bautista, Vince McMahon, Michael Coulthard, Eric Bischoff ..
Directed by: Kevin Dunn, Vince McMahon
Release date: 2012-01-03
Best History Movies of 2012 : Goltzius & the Pelican Company

Goltzius & the Pelican Company

6.5/10 IMDB

Goltzius and the Pelican Company tells the story of Hendrik Goltzius, a late 16th century Dutch printer and engraver of erotic prints. A contemporary of Rembrandt and, indeed, more celebrated during his life, Goltzius seduces the Margrave of Alsace into paying for a printing press to make and publish illustrated books. In return, he promises him an extraordinary book of pictures of illustrating the Old Testament’s biblical stories. Erotic tales of Lot and his daughters, David and Bathsheba, Samson and Deliah and John the Baptist and Salome. To tempt the Margrave further, Goltzius and his printing company will offer to perform dramatisations of these erotic stories for his court.

Starring: F. Murray Abraham, Ramsey Nasr, Kate Moran, Pippo Delbono, Giulio Berruti, Anne Louise Hassing, Flavio Parenti, Lars Eidinger, Vincent Riotta, Francesco De Vito ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2012-09-30
Best History Movies of 2012 : Apostle Peter and the Last Supper

Apostle Peter and the Last Supper

6.8/10 IMDB

The film portrays Saint Peter reflecting on his time with Jesus and his fellow Apostles during his final imprisonment in Rome. In particular, Peter attempts to convert one of his jailers, Martinian, by relating the life, teachings, and sacrifice of Jesus.

Starring: Robert Loggia, Bruce Marchiano, Laurence Fuller, Ryan Alosio, Sarah Prikryl, David Kallaway, Leon Melas, David Collier, Russell Wolfe, Emilio Doorgasingh ..
Directed by: Gabriel Sabloff
Release date: 2012-02-20
Best History Movies of 2012 : The Horde

The Horde

6.2/10 IMDB

It is the word "horde" that had meant, for many countries and nations, bloody raids and being under humilating contribution for centuries - a strange and scary world with its own rules and customs. To be or not to be for Rus (Ruthenia), that is the price of the one-man mission as he is departing to this world to accomplish a feat. The film tells the story of how Saint Alexius, the Metropolitan of Moscow and Wonderworker of All Russia, healed the Tatar Queen Taidula, Jani-Beg's mother, from blindness, in 1357.

Starring: Maksim Sukhanov, Andrei Panin, Vitaliy Khaev, Aleksandr Yatsenko, Petr Yandane, Evgeny Kharitonov, Roza Khairullina, Gennady Turantaev, Sergey Adianov, Anton Fedorov ..
Directed by: Andrei Proshkin
Release date: 2012-09-20

Top Priority: The Terror Within

8.2/10 IMDB

Federal officer with the Department of Homeland Security discovers a national security breach related to the entry of 23 aliens from terrorist countries into the United States. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner, former head of the DEA Robert Bonner can't afford any more media scrutiny, since his incompetence was already exposed in the NASA 'Challenger' disaster. To avoid the scandal, the full might of the government is unleashed against Julia Davis, her family and witnesses. This retaliation reaches an unprecedented magnitude, including four unexplained deaths, Hollywood and the Mafia, false imprisonments and the use of Blackhawk helicopters and airplanes for warrantless surveillance. Amidst many shocking revelations, this documentary provides a new insight into the deaths of well-known Hollywood figures unwittingly dragged into this scandal. The truth is no longer a secret.

Starring: Julia Davis, BJ Davis, Herbert P. Kaufer, Jeffrey J. Deal, Mykola Kot, Galyna Kovlaska, Chance E. Gordon, Michael Proctor, Thomas A. Girardi, Robert C. Bonner ..
Directed by: Asif Akbar
Release date: 2012-06-15
Best History Movies of 2012 : Honor Flight

Honor Flight

8.4/10 IMDB

Honor Flight chronicles a community coming together to honor World War II veterans. The film follows a team of Midwest volunteers as they race against the clock to send every local WWII veterans to see the memorials built in their honor.

Starring: Bert Brach, Earl Bruss, Joe Dean, Joe Demler ..
Directed by: Dan Hayes
Release date: 2012-08-11


7.9/10 IMDB

A film about contemporary life in Auschwitz. In an observation from dusk till dawn, it portrays the theater of everyday life around the grim confines and captures the energies and activities of a world fascinated by this former concentration camp.

Directed by: ?ukasz Konopa
Release date: 2012-04-01

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream?

7.6/10 IMDB

Heist: Who Stole the American Dream? reveals how American corporations orchestrated the dismantling of middle-class prosperity through rampant deregulation, the outsourcing of jobs, and tax policies favoring businesses and the wealthy. The collapse of the U.S. economy is the result of conscious choices made over thirty five years by a small group: leaders of corporations and their elected allies, and the biggest lobbying interest in Washington, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. To these individuals, the collapse is not a catastrophe, but rather the planned outcome of their long, patient work. For the rest of the country, it is merely the biggest heist in American history.

Starring: Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders, Rupert Murdoch, Barack Obama, Bill Gates, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, Alan Greenspan, Bernie Sanders ..
Directed by: Frances Causey, Donald Goldmacher
Release date: 2012-03-02

Bomber Boys

7.2/10 IMDB

Brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor follow up their documentary The Battle of Britain with a film exploring Bomber Command, a rarely told story from the Second World War. The film focuses primarily on the men who fought and died in the skies above occupied Europe, with numerous examples of individual heroism and extraordinary collective spirit, and Colin learns to fly the key aircraft of the campaign: the Lancaster bomber. But this is also the story of a controversy that has lasted almost 70 years. The program covers six years of wartime operations, and traces the obstacles and challenges that were overcome as the RAF developed and deployed the awesome fighting force that was Bomber Command.

Starring: Colin McGregor, Ewan McGregor ..
Directed by: Harvey Lilley
Release date: 2012-02-05

Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron

7.5/10 IMDB

James Cameron brings together some the world's leading Titanic experts, including engineers, naval architects, artists and historians, to solve the lingering mysteries of why and how the 'unsinkable' ship sank.

Starring: James Cameron, Don Lynch, Parks Stephenson, Bernard Hill, Ewan Stewart, Scott G. Anderson, Marc Abbink, Ken Marschall, Bill Sauder ..
Directed by: Tony Gerber
Release date: 2012-04-08
Best History Movies of 2012 : This Land Is Mine

This Land Is Mine

8.0/10 IMDB

An animated history of the conflict between Palestinians and Israelis

Directed by: Nina Paley
Release date: 2012-07-22
Best History Movies of 2012 : Wildness


8.1/10 IMDB

Rooted in the tropical underground of Los Angeles nightlife, Wildness is a portrait of the Silver Platter, a historic bar that has been home to Latin/LGBT immigrant communities since 1963. With a magical-realist flourish the bar itself becomes a character, narrating what happens when a weekly party (organized by Director Wu Tsang, DJs NGUZUNGUZU, and Total Freedom) called Wildness explodes into creativity and conflict. What does "safe space" mean? Who needs it? And how does it differ among us? At the Silver Platter, the search for answers creates coalitions across generations.

Directed by: Wu Tsang
Release date: 2012-02-23
Best History Movies of 2012 : Secrets of the Viking Sword

Secrets of the Viking Sword

7.3/10 IMDB

The Vikings were the most ferocious warriors of the Middle Ages. Especially fearsome were the select few who wielded a formidable weapon: a light, razor sharp, virtually indestructible sword with its maker's name, Ulfberht, inlaid along the blade.

Starring: Jay O. Sanders, John Clements, Fredrik Charpentier Ljungqvist, Niels Lynnerup, Richard Furrer, Alan Williams, Gunnar Andersson, Richard Sussman, Jon Anders Risvaag ..
Directed by: Peter Yost
Release date: 2012-10-10
Best History Movies of 2012 : Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room

Baby Peggy, the Elephant in the Room

7.5/10 IMDB

Documentary about an extraordinary lady, Diana Serra Cary (born Peggy-Jean Montgomery). In the early 1920s she was one of Hollywood's first major child stars, Baby Peggy.

Starring: Baby Peggy, Paul Petersen ..
Directed by: Vera Iwerebor
Release date: 2012-09-05


7.0/10 IMDB

Mabo tells the story of one of Australia's national heroes - Eddie Koiki Mabo, the Torres Strait Islander who left school at age 15, yet spearheaded the High Court challenge that overthrew the fiction of terra nullius.

Starring: Jimi Bani, Deborah Mailman, Ewen Leslie, Tom Budge, Rob Carlton, Colin Friels, Miranda Otto, Felix Williamson, Matthew Whittet, Leon Ford ..
Directed by: Rachel Perkins
Release date: 2012-06-10
Best History Movies of 2012 : WWII From Space

WWII From Space

7.3/10 IMDB

WWII from Space delivers World War II in a way you've never experienced it before. This HISTORY special uses an all-seeing CGI eye that offers a satellite view of the conflict, allowing you to experience it in a way that puts key events and tipping points in a global perspective. By re-creating groundbreaking moments that could never have been captured on camera, and by illustrating the importance of simultaneity and the hidden effects of crucial incidents, HISTORY presents the war's monumental moments in a never-before-seen context. And with new information brought to the forefront, you'll better understand how a nation ranked 19th in the world's militaries in 1939 emerged six years later as the planet's only atomic superpower.

Release date: 2012-12-07
Best History Movies of 2012 : MLK: The Assassination Tapes

MLK: The Assassination Tapes

6.6/10 IMDB

Relive an unspeakable tragedy detailed with unforgettable images, videos, and recordings only recently rediscovered.

Starring: Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon B. Johnson, Jesse Jackson, Robert F. Kennedy, Coretta Scott King, Ted Kennedy ..
Directed by: Tom Jennings
Release date: 2012-02-12

Doin' It in the Park: Pick-Up Basketball, NYC

7.4/10 IMDB

An independent documentary directed by Bobbito Garcia and Kevin Couliau. The film explores the definition, history, culture, social impact and global influence of New York's outdoor summer basketball scene, the worldwide 'Mecca' of the sport.

Starring: Kenny Anderson, Niki Avery, Julius Erving, Richard Kirkland, Jack Ryan, James Williams, Corey Williams, Kenny Smith ..
Directed by: Robert Garcia, Kevin Couliau
Release date: 2012-06-17
Best History Movies of 2012 : Access to the Danger Zone

Access to the Danger Zone

7.7/10 IMDB

Directed by Peter Casaer and narrated by Daniel Day-Lewis, this documentary provides a harrowing look at the challenges of delivering humanitarian aid in armed conflicts. “Access to the Danger Zone” explores the strategies that Doctors Without Borders has employed to save lives in the world’s worst war zones, including Afghanistan, Somalia, and eastern Democratic Republic of Congo—strategies that are tested each and every day. Interviews with key experts from Doctors Without Borders, the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the United Nations are accompanied by dramatic footage shot in these countries in 2011 and 2012.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis ..
Directed by: Peter Casaer
Release date: 2012-06-01

Jail Caesar

7.9/10 IMDB

The early life of Roman ruler Julius Caesar as told in three working prisons in South Africa, the UK and Canada. A small group of professional actors is joined by a cast of real-life inmates to tell the story of one of history's foremost personalities.

Starring: Derek Jacobi, John Kani, Alice Krige, Warren Adler, Peter John Christiaans, Richard Clifford, Grant Swanby, Günter Singer ..
Directed by: Paul Schoolman
Release date: 2012-06-28
Best History Movies of 2012 : Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film

Time Zero: The Last Year of Polaroid Film

6.7/10 IMDB

Documentary covering the end of an era as Polaroid stops producing its signature cameras and film as well as The Impossible Project to keep instant photography alive.

Directed by: Grant Hamilton
Release date: 2012-04-28
Best History Movies of 2012 : The Man Who Saved the World

The Man Who Saved the World

6.7/10 IMDB

During the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, Soviet Navy officer Vasily Arkhipov refused to launch a nuclear strike and saved the world from nuclear war and total destruction.

Starring: Jay O. Sanders, Vasili Arkhipov, Fidel Castro, John F. Kennedy, Nikita Khrushchev, Olga Arkhipova, Leon Ockenden, Martin McDougall, Alisdair Simpson ..
Directed by: Nick Green
Release date: 2012-10-22
Best History Movies of 2012 : The Norse: An Arctic Mystery

The Norse: An Arctic Mystery

6.5/10 IMDB

The history books say that the first European to make contact with Native Americans was Christopher Columbus. New evidence tells a different story, that another civilization arrived in the New World centuries earlier. They were the Norse, a seafaring people who originated in the Scandinavian countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden. They bore the name Viking, an "Old Norse" term for a pirate raid.

Starring: David Suzuki ..
Directed by: Andrew Gregg
Release date: 2012-11-22

Lil Tokyo Reporter

7.2/10 IMDB

1935 Los Angeles, community leader Sei Fujii uncovers the corrupt activities of his community's underground mafia. He must choose between saving the face of his deteriorating community and confronting the issues head on through his newspaper. Based on a true story.

Starring: Chris Tashima, Keiko Agena, Eijiro Ozaki, Ikuma Ando, Sewell Whitney, Garret Sato, Hiro Matsunaga, Eric Fehmel-Noda, Lani Nishiyama, Talbott Lin ..
Directed by: Jeffrey Gee Chin
Release date: 2012-09-14
Best History Movies of 2012 : Punk in Africa

Punk in Africa

6.1/10 IMDB

Three chords, three countries, one revolution...PUNK IN AFRICA is the story of the multiracial punk movement within the recent political and social upheavals experienced in three Southern African countries: South Africa, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

Starring: Paulo Chibanga, Michael Fleck, Ivan Kadey, Ruben Rose, Warwick Sony, Lee Thomson, Gil Gilroy, Benjy Mudie, Steve Moni, Gen Hadlow ..
Directed by: Keith Jones, Deon Maas
Release date: 2012-10-03
Best History Movies of 2012 : WWII in 3D

WWII in 3D

6.9/10 IMDB

For the first time, you will see dramatic moments of WWII that were captured in 3D with stereographs and then shuttered away in secret archives and attics, until now. This stunning collection of color 3D photos includes Allied reconnaissance photos, a trove of images that documents the rise and fall of the Third Reich, and photos secretly taken by a civilian in occupied France. WWII IN 3D also features an actual 3D motion picture film shot by the Nazis in 1943 and creates a fully immersive, three dimensional portrait of history's largest and bloodiest conflict.

Starring: Tom Wilkinson ..
Directed by: Garbriel Rotello, Douglas J. Cohen
Release date: 2012-01-24
Best History Movies of 2012 : Mary of Nazareth

Mary of Nazareth

6.3/10 IMDB

The film begins with the Annunciation: Mary, a young Galilean, virginal conceived the Messiah, the Son of God. Her husband Joseph, a humble carpenter, decided to stay by his side throughout. When Caesar Augustus ordered the Jews to register people, the couple embarks on a journey to Bethlehem, where Jesus was born. Meanwhile, Maria Magdalena, a young woman from the same town that Mary, turns away from God and placed in the palace of King Herod, Herodias where convinces her to lose her innocence in the arms of the king's son.

Starring: Alissa Jung, Paz Vega, Andreas Pietschmann, Antónia Lišková, Thomas Trabacchi, Luca Marinelli, Andrea Giordana, Roberto Citran, Johannes Brandrup, Nikolai Kinski ..
Directed by: Giacomo Campiotti
Release date: 2012-04-01

The Broken Tower

4.9/10 IMDB

Docudrama about American poet Hart Crane, who committed suicide in April 1932 at the age of 32 by jumping off the steamship SS Orizaba.

Starring: James Franco, Stacey Miller, Vince Jolivette, Betsy Franco, Dave Franco, David Rothstadt, David Gerson, Sean Patrick Murray, Gary Abrams, Ira Berkowitz ..
Directed by: James Franco
Release date: 2012-04-27
Best History Movies of 2012 : Siege


6.4/10 IMDB

On the 7th of May 2009, Senior Constables Len Snee, Grant Diver and Bruce Miller arrived at 41 Chaucer Rd in Napier to serve a search warrant on Jan Molenaar for the growing of cannabis. This was just a routine warrant, something they had done countless times. What was meant to be an ordinary procedure turned into three of New Zealand’s darkest days and ended with one police officer dead, two officers critically injured and a member of the public fighting for his life. In some fifty hours Jan Molenaar made a permanent and devastating imprint upon the national psyche of New Zealand as he changed the lives of individuals, families, a police community, and a city. The siege was one of the worst and unexpected cases of violence both Napier and New Zealand had witnessed and it was all the more shocking because of its ordinary suburban backdrop.

Starring: Mark Mitchinson, Darren Young, Jon Cummings, Joel Tobeck, Miriama Smith, Alistair Browning, Toby Leach, Will Hall, Kirk Torrance, Mark Warren ..
Directed by: Mike Smith
Release date: 2012-06-17

The Tents

6.5/10 IMDB

Each year, tents in Bryant Park herald New York Fashion Week, whose back story is as fascinating as the couture on the catwalk. Fashion's biggest names share the sometimes shocking, often funny rags-to-riches evolution of the iconic event.

Starring: Kelly Osbourne, Sean Lennon, Russell Simmons, Zac Posen, Lydia Hearst, J. Alexandeer, Carson Kressley, Isaac Mizrahi, CariDee English, Donna Karan ..
Directed by: James Belzer
Release date: 2012-02-01

Grand Kankakee Marsh: Everglades of the North

7.9/10 IMDB

Less than a century ago, there was an area in the Midwest that resembled the swamplands of Florida's Everglades. Sometimes called the "Everglades of the North", The Grand Kankakee Marsh once saturated nearly a million acres in Northern Indiana and a portion of Illinois. Everglades of the North: The Story of the Grand Kankakee Marsh, reveals the diverse ecology, illustrates the astonishing history, and explores the controversial saga of the Grand Kankakee Marsh in how people have used and perceived this wetland for more than 10,000 years.

Directed by: Robert LaSalle
Release date: 2012-11-05
Best History Movies of 2012 : Bert & Dickie

Bert & Dickie

6.6/10 IMDB

Thrown together just five weeks before the final of the 1948 London Olympics, Bert Bushnell (Doctor Who's Matt Smith) and Dickie Burnell (Sam Hoare) defied all the odds and made history in the double sculls. This is the story of how they did it - not only by pushing physical and emotional limits, but also by overcoming their vast professional and personal differences.

Starring: Matt Smith, Sam Hoare, Geoffrey Palmer, Ron Cook, James Frain, Clive Merrison, Alexandra Moen, Douglas Hodge, Sara Vickers ..
Directed by: David Blair
Release date: 2012-07-25
Best History Movies of 2012 : Jaurès


6.9/10 IMDB

A studio. A man and a woman. Moving images on the screen, which he comments on, spurred on by her questions. All the footage was shot from the window of a flat: views of the street, the metro line running above it, the canal, into the windows of the buildings opposite. The flat belongs to the man’s lover, the man is a guest, spending his nights there but never his days. By the canal, young men from Afghanistan set up makeshift shelters as the man looks on, developing increasing sympathy for them. The seasons change, winter, spring, summer.

Starring: Vincent Dieutre, Eva Truffaut ..
Directed by: Vincent Dieutre
Release date: 2012-02-11

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