Best History Movies of 2013

1.

12 Years a Slave

6.6
8.1/10

In the pre-Civil War United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty as well as unexpected kindnesses Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon’s chance meeting with a Canadian abolitionist will forever alter his life.

Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Release date: 2013-10-18
2.

Dallas Buyers Club

6.5
8.0/10

Loosely based on the true-life tale of Ron Woodroof, a drug-taking, women-loving, homophobic man who in 1986 was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS and given thirty days to live.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, Jared Leto, Denis O'Hare, Steve Zahn
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Release date: 2013-11-17
3.

Saving Mr. Banks

6.1
7.5/10

Author P.L. Travers travels from London to Hollywood as Walt Disney Pictures adapts her novel Mary Poppins for the big screen.

Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2013-11-16
4.

The Physician

5.3
7.2/10

England, 1021. Rob Cole, a boy born in a miserable mining town, swears to become a physician and vanquish disease and death. His harsh path of many years, a quest for knowledge besieged by countless challenges and sacrifices, leads him to the remote Isfahan, in Persia, where he meets Ibn Sina, the greatest healer of his time.

Starring: Tom Payne, Ben Kingsley, Stellan Skarsgård, Olivier Martinez, Emma Rigby
Directed by: Philipp Stölzl
Release date: 2013-12-25
5.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

5.1
7.1/10

A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa.

Starring: Idris Elba, Naomie Harris, Tony Kgoroge, Riaad Moosa, Fana Mokoena
Directed by: Justin Chadwick
Release date: 2013-12-06
6.

The Railway Man

5.1
7.1/10

A victim from World War II's "Death Railway" sets out to find those responsible for his torture. A true story.

Starring: Jeremy Irvine, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Michael MacKenzie, Nicole Kidman
Directed by: Jonathan Teplitzky
Release date: 2013-12-02
7.

Jobs

4.9
5.9/10

The story of Steve Jobs' ascension from college dropout into one of the most revered creative entrepreneurs of the 20th century.

Starring: Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Amanda Crew, James Woods, Josh Gad
Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern
Release date: 2013-08-16
8.

Parkland

4.6
6.3/10

November 22nd, 1963 was a day that changed the world forever — when young American President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, Texas. This film follows, almost in real time, a handful of individuals forced to make split-second decisions after an event that would change their lives and forever alter the world’s landscape.

Starring: Zac Efron, Billy Bob Thornton, Ron Livingston, Tom Welling, Paul Giamatti
Directed by: Peter Landesman
Release date: 2013-10-02
9.

A Field in England

4.1
6.3/10

During the Civil War in 17th-Century England, a small group of deserters flee from a raging battle through an overgrown field. They are captured by an alchemist, who forces the group to aid him in his search to find a hidden treasure that he believes is buried in the field. Crossing a vast mushroom circle, which provides their first meal, the group quickly descend into a chaos of arguments, fighting and paranoia, and, as it becomes clear that the treasure might be something other than gold, they slowly become victim to the terrifying energies trapped inside the field.

Starring: Julian Barratt, Peter Ferdinando, Richard Glover, Ryan Pope, Reece Shearsmith
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Release date: 2013-07-05
10.

The Invisible Woman

3.9
6.1/10

In 1857, at the height of his fame and fortune, novelist and social critic Charles Dickens meets and falls in love with teenage stage actress Nelly Ternan. As she becomes the focus of his heart and mind, as well as his muse, painful secrecy is the price both must pay.

Starring: Ralph Fiennes, Felicity Jones, Joanna Scanlan, Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander
Directed by: Ralph Fiennes
Release date: 2013-12-25
11.

Good Ol' Freda

3.9
7.3/10

The story of Freda Kelly, a shy Liverpudlian teenager asked to work for a young local band hoping to make it big: The Beatles. Their loyal secretary from beginning to end, Freda tells her tales for the first time in 50 years.

Starring: Freda Kelly, George Harrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr
Directed by: Ryan White
Release date: 2013-09-06
12.

Muscle Shoals

3.9
7.7/10

In a tiny Alabama town with the curious name of Muscle Shoals, something miraculous sprang from the mud of the Tennessee River. A group of unassuming, yet incredibly talented, locals came together and spawned some of the greatest music of all time: “Mustang Sally,” “I Never Loved a Man,” “Wild Horses,” and many more. During the most incendiary periods of racial hostility, white folks and black folks came together to create music that would last for generations and gave birth to the incomparable “Muscle Shoals sound.”

Starring: Gregg Allman, Bono, Clarence Carter, Jimmy Cliff, Aretha Franklin
Directed by: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Release date: 2013-08-16
13.

The Challenger

3.8
7.3/10
The Challenger
Factual drama exploring the truth behind the space shuttle Challenger's 1986 explosion.
Starring: William Hurt, Bruce Greenwood, Joanne Whalley, Brian Dennehy, Kevin McNally
Directed by: James Hawes
Release date: 2013-03-18
14.

Redemption

3.6
7.1/10
Redemption
On January 21, 1975, in a village in the north of Portugal, a child writes to his parents who are in Angola to tell them how sad Portugal is. On July 13, 2011, in Milan, an old man remembers his first love. On May 6, 2012, in Paris, a man tells his baby daughter that he will never be a real father. During a wedding ceremony on September 3, 1977 in Leipzig, the bride battles against a Wagner opera that she can’t get out of her head. But where and when have these four poor devils begun searching for redemption?
Starring: Maren Ade, Donatello Brida, Jaime Pereira, Jean-Pierre Rehm
Directed by: Miguel Gomes
Release date: 2013-10-11
15.

Donner Party: The Musical

3.6
6.8/10

Snowbound and desperate, some of the Donner Party died of starvation. Some of them did not. They all sang.

Starring: Kendra White, Vincent Tomasino, Lizzie Stanton, George Alford, Ed Lowe
Directed by: Andrew Migliori
Release date: 2013-08-10
16.

A Terrible Beauty

3.6
8.0/10

A Terrible Beauty is the story of the men and women of the Easter Rising in Dublin in 1916, Irish and British, caught up in a conflict many did not understand and of the innocent men and boys, executed because of what transpired in The Battle of Mount Street Bridge. The British soldiers were the last of the Great War volunteers, who joined up together to fight the Germans. They knew that there was a strong chance they would die in France, but to die in Dublin would never have crossed their minds. The Irish Volunteers were weekend warriors many of whom had no idea they were about to take part in large scale battles on the streets of Dublin.

Starring: Hugh O'Conor, Owen McDonnell, Rick Burn, Karen Ardiff, Megan Cassidy
Directed by: Keith Farrell
Release date: 2013-02-16
17.

Royal Shakespeare Company - Richard II

3.5
8.4/10
Royal Shakespeare Company - Richard II
A monarch ordained by God to lead his people. But he is also a man of very human weakness. A man whose vanity threatens to divide the great houses of England and drag his people into a dynastic civil war that will last 100 years.
Starring: David Tennant, Nigel Lindsay, Oliver Ford Davies
Directed by: Gregory Doran
Release date: 2013-11-13
18.

Red Obsession

3.4
6.7/10

France’s Bordeaux region has long commanded respect for its coveted wine, but shifts in the global marketplace mean that a new, voracious consumer base in China is buying up this finite product. Bordeaux both struggles with and courts the spike in demand, sending prices skyrocketing. Narrated by Russell Crowe, Red Obsession is a fascinating look at our changing international economy and how an obsession in Shanghai affects the most illustrious vineyards in France.

Starring: Debra Meiburg, Sara Eisen
Directed by: David Roach, Warwick Ross
Release date: 2013-02-13
19.

Henry Ford

3.4
7.8/10
Henry Ford
HENRY FORD paints a fascinating portrait of a farm boy who rose from obscurity to become the most influential American innovator of the 20th century.
Starring: Oliver Platt, Henry Ford, Steven Watts, Douglas Brinkley
Directed by: Sarah Colt
Release date: 2013-01-29
20.

All the President's Men Revisited

3.3
7.8/10

The Watergate case was the original game changer of America politics. How has Watergate changed the Presidency? What effect has the scandal had on our political leaders? And has hope and optimism forever been replaced in our national dialogue by doubt and cynicism? In 1973, Watergate's most pivotal year, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein doggedly investigated the scandal exposing the long, twisted trail of cover-ups and lies.

Starring: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein, Ben Stein
Directed by: Peter Schnall
Release date: 2013-04-21

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