Best History Movies of 2013

1.

12 Years a Slave

6.6
8.1/10 IMDB

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, Sarah Paulson, Adepero Oduye, Scoot McNairy, Paul Giamatti, Brad Pitt ..
Directed by: Steve McQueen
Release date: 2013-10-18
2.

Dallas Buyers Club

6.5
7.9/10 IMDB

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, Dallas Roberts, Michael O'Neill, Griffin Dunne, Kevin Rankin, Bradford Cox ..
Directed by: Jean-Marc Vallée
Release date: 2013-11-01
3.

Lone Survivor

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Four Navy SEALs on a covert mission to neutralize a high-level Taliban operative must make an impossible moral decision in the mountains of Afghanistan that leads them into an enemy ambush. As they confront unthinkable odds, the SEALs must find reserves of strength and resilience to fight to the finish.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Taylor Kitsch, Emile Hirsch, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Ali Suliman, Alexander Ludwig, Yousuf Azami, Sammy Sheik, Rich Ting ..
Directed by: Peter Berg
Release date: 2013-12-24
4.

Saving Mr. Banks

6.1
7.5/10 IMDB

Author P.L. Travers looks back on her childhood while reluctantly meeting with Walt Disney, who seeks to adapt her Mary Poppins books for the big screen.

Starring: Emma Thompson, Tom Hanks, Paul Giamatti, Colin Farrell, Ruth Wilson, Jason Schwartzman, Bradley Whitford, Annie Rose Buckley, B. J. Novak, Kathy Baker ..
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2013-11-29
5.

The Physician

5.3
7.2/10 IMDB

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, Elyas M'Barek, Michael Jibson, Fahri Yard?m, Makram J. Khoury, Stanley Townsend ..
Directed by: Philipp Stölzl
Release date: 2013-12-25
6.

The Railway Man

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

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, Jeffrey Daunton, Tanroh Ishida, Tom Stokes, Bryan Probets, Tom Hobbs ..
Directed by: Jonathan Teplitzky
Release date: 2013-12-02
7.

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

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, Robert Hobbs, Jamie Bartlett, Lindiwe Matshikiza, Terry Pheto, Deon Lotz ..
Directed by: Justin Chadwick
Release date: 2013-11-28
8.

Jobs

5.0
6.0/10 IMDB

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, Matthew Modine, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, Ron Eldard, Elden Henson ..
Directed by: Joshua Michael Stern
Release date: 2013-08-16
9.

Parkland

4.6
6.4/10 IMDB

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, Colin Hanks, Marcia Gay Harden, Jacki Weaver, Jackie Earle Haley, James Badge Dale ..
Directed by: Peter Landesman
Release date: 2013-10-02
10.

A Field in England

4.5
6.2/10 IMDB

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, Michael Smiley, Sara Dee, Laura Obiols ..
Directed by: Ben Wheatley
Release date: 2013-07-05
11.

The Invisible Woman

4.4
6.1/10 IMDB

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, Michelle Fairley, John Kavanagh, Amanda Hale, Perdita Weeks, Tom Burke ..
Directed by: Ralph Fiennes
Release date: 2013-12-25
Best History Movies of 2013 : Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told
12.

Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told

4.4
7.3/10 IMDB

Adolf Hitler, born in Braunau, one man who will change the history of the world forever. It follows his childhood to the death of his mother and his broken ambition to become an artist, then further to his entry into politics. His service in the army, accolades, his writing Mein Kampf, politics and most importantly Germany's revival are well explained followed by WW2. It also covers the effect on Germany's after the WW2 defeat up until the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Directed by: Dennis Wise
Release date: 2013-01-27
Best History Movies of 2013 : Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th
13.

Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th

4.3
8.5/10 IMDB

Taking inspiration from Peter M. Bracke's definitive book of the same name, this seven-hour documentary dives into the making of all twelve Friday the 13th films, with all-new interviews from the cast and the crew.

Starring: Corey Feldman, Sean S. Cunningham, Noel Cunningham, Dennis R. Murphy, Victor Miller, Barry Moss, Robbi Morgan, Adrienne King, Jeannine Taylor, Ron Millkie ..
Directed by: Daniel Farrands
Release date: 2013-09-13
14.

Good Ol' Freda

4.0
7.4/10 IMDB

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, Tony Barrow, Billy Hatton ..
Directed by: Ryan White
Release date: 2013-09-06
15.

Muscle Shoals

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

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, Jesse Boyce, Donna Godchaux, Edward King ..
Directed by: Greg 'Freddy' Camalier
Release date: 2013-08-16
16.

Legendary Nights: The Tale of Gatti-Ward

3.9
8.7/10 IMDB

The brutal trilogy of light-welterweight fights between Arturo 'Thunder' Gatti and 'Irish' Mickey Ward is the focus of this documentary.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Micky Ward, Arturo Gatti, Larry Merchant, Michael Buffer, Dicky Eklund, Charlene Ward, Sofia Gatti, Ida Gatti, Lou DiBella ..
Directed by: Gabe Spitzer, Bentley Weiner
Release date: 2013-10-19
Best History Movies of 2013 : Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told
17.

Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told

3.9
7.3/10 IMDB

A revisionist biography of Adolf Hitler and history of the Second World War, detailing the origins and rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany.

Starring: Adolf Hitler, Benito Mussolini, Winston Churchill, Hermann Göring, Heinrich Himmler, Emperor Hirohito of Japan, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Joseph Stalin ..
Directed by: Dennis Wise
Release date: 2013-01-27
18.

The Challenger

3.8
7.2/10 IMDB

When the space shuttle Challenger blew up in 1986, it was the most shocking event in the history of American spaceflight. The deaths of seven astronauts, including the first teacher in space Christa McAuliffe, were watched live on television by millions of viewers. But what was more shocking was that the cause of the disaster might never be uncovered. The Challenger is the story of how Richard Feynman, one of America's most famous scientists, helped to discover the cause of a tragedy that stunned America.

Starring: William Hurt, Bruce Greenwood, Joanne Whalley, Brian Dennehy, Kevin McNally, Eve Best, Langley Kirkwood, Henry Goodman ..
Directed by: James Hawes
Release date: 2013-03-18
19.

A Terrible Beauty

3.6
7.9/10 IMDB

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, Gina Costigan, Johnny Eveson, Neill Fleming, Seamus Hughes, Duncan Lacroix ..
Directed by: Keith Farrell
Release date: 2013-02-16
20.

Donner Party: The Musical

3.6
6.4/10 IMDB

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
Best History Movies of 2013 : Henry Ford
21.

Henry Ford

3.5
7.8/10 IMDB

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
22.

The Spirit of '45

3.5
7.0/10 IMDB

How the spirit of unity, which buoyed Britain during the war years, carried through to create a vision of a fairer, united society.

Starring: Kate Hardie, Jamie Michie, Tansy Hoskins, Trevor Fox, Mark Womack, Tony Benn ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 2013-03-15
23.

League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis

3.4
8.1/10 IMDB

Drawing on the book of the same name, League of Denial crafts a searing two-hour indictment of the National Football League’s decades-long concealment of the link between football related head injuries and brain disorders.

Starring: Will Lyman, Harry Carson, Steve Fainaru, Mickey Collins, Bennett Omalu, Ann McKee, Stan Savran, Julian Bailes ..
Directed by: Michael Kirk
Release date: 2013-10-08
24.

Red Obsession

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

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
25.

Autopsy on a Dream

3.4
8.0/10 IMDB

In 1968, John Weiley shot 'Autopsy on a Dream' - a film about the Sydney Opera House detailing its construction process and the politics of Jorn Utzon's dismissal. Weiley's film was controversial; it was screened once and then he was told it had been destroyed. Forty five years later a copy was discovered in the BBC vaults by an ABC producer looking for archive footage of the Opera House. Weiley was contacted and told about a film that had no sound track. Weiley was overjoyed; for years he had kept the original sound. So began the painstaking process of restoring this record of a unique moment in Australian culture to its former glory, complete with updated voice-over from the original narrator, Bob Ellis. It is set in context by a 30 minute prologue entitled 'The Dream of Perfection'. Made by the same filmmaker, John Weiley, forty-five years on, 'Dream of Perfection' tells the story of the 1968 film - from commission to destruction, to surprise resurrection.

Starring: Bob Ellis, John Weiley, Jan Utzon, Lin Utzon, Jorn Utzon, Richard le Plaistrier, David Attenborough ..
Directed by: John Weiley
Release date: 2013-10-20
Best History Movies of 2013 : JFK: A President Betrayed
26.

JFK: A President Betrayed

3.4
7.4/10 IMDB

Narrated by Academy Award winner Morgan Freeman, "JFK: A President Betrayed" uncovers new evidence that reveals how JFK embarked on secret back channel peace efforts with Nikita Khrushchev and Fidel Castro and was determined to get out of Vietnam despite intense opposition inside his own government.

Starring: Morgan Freeman ..
Directed by: Cory Taylor
Release date: 2013-11-23
Best History Movies of 2013 : Royal Shakespeare Company - Richard II
27.

Royal Shakespeare Company - Richard II

3.3
8.3/10 IMDB

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, Michael Pennington, Antony Byrne, Emma Hamilton, Oliver Rix, Sean Chapman, Jim Hooper, Jane Lapotaire ..
Directed by: Gregory Doran
Release date: 2013-11-13
Best History Movies of 2013 : The Genius of Marie Curie: The Woman Who Lit up the World
28.

The Genius of Marie Curie: The Woman Who Lit up the World

3.3
7.6/10 IMDB

Over 80 years after her death, Marie Curie remains by far the best-known female scientist. In her lifetime, she became that rare thing - a celebrity scientist, attracting the attention of the news cameras and tabloid gossip. This multi-layered film reveals the real Marie Curie, an extraordinary woman who fell in love three times, had to survive the pain of loss, and the public humiliation of a doomed love affair. It is a riveting portrait of a tenacious mother and scientist, who opened the door on a whole new realm of physics, which she discovered and named - radioactivity.

Starring: David Malone, Geraldine James, Maria Sklodowska-Curie, Julie Des Jardins, Patricia Fara, Malgorzata Sobieszczak-Marciniak, Teresa Kaczorowska, Renaud Huynh, Andrea Sella, Hélène Langevin-Joliot ..
Directed by: Gideon Bradshaw
Release date: 2013-05-03
29.

Levitated Mass

3.3
6.8/10 IMDB

The artist behind the sensation of a $10 million, 22-city tour, and the international media storm that ensued.

Directed by: Doug Pray
Release date: 2013-06-20
Best History Movies of 2013 : Tales from the Royal Bedchamber
30.

Tales from the Royal Bedchamber

3.3
7.5/10 IMDB

Lucy Worsley gets into bed with our past monarchs to uncover the Tales from the Royal Bedchamber. She reveals that our obsession with royal bedrooms, births and succession is nothing new. In fact, the rise and fall of their magnificent beds reflects the changing fortunes of the monarchy itself.

Starring: Lucy Worsley, Tracy Borman, Sebastian Edwards ..
Directed by: Nick Gillam-Smith
Release date: 2013-08-05
31.

Why We Ride

3.3
7.5/10 IMDB

The passion of the riders and the soul of their machines. WINNER - Best Documentary -Motorcycle Film Festival 2013 -- An inspiring adventure into the world of motorcycling, told by the famous racers, passionate riders and everyday families who live each day to the fullest on their two-wheeled machines.

Starring: Kenny Roberts, Mert Lawwill, Jason Disalvo, Josh Hayes, Melissa Paris ..
Directed by: Bryan H. Carroll
Release date: 2013-10-03
Best History Movies of 2013 : Tokyo Waka
32.

Tokyo Waka

3.2
7.3/10 IMDB

The portrait of a city: ancient yet constantly remaking itself. A poem in images: stillness, patterns, urban motion. And in words: a tofu seller, a homeless woman, a Buddhist priest, contemplating nature, the metabolism of their city, mortality. And 20,000 crows, unruly avatars of the natural world, sardonically observing it all.

Directed by: John Haptas, Kristine Samuelson
Release date: 2013-08-28
Best History Movies of 2013 : Schooled: The Price of College Sports
33.

Schooled: The Price of College Sports

3.2
7.8/10 IMDB

Schooled: The Price of College Sports is a comprehensive look at the business, history and culture of big-time college football and basketball in America. It is an adaptation of “The Cartel” by Pulitzer Prize Winning civil rights scholar Taylor Branch, and his October 2011 article in The Atlantic, “The Shame of College Sports.” Schooled presents a hard-hitting examination of the NCAA’s treatment of its athletes and amateurism in collegiate athletics; weaving interviews, archival and verité footage to tell a story of how college sports became a billion dollar industry built on the backs of athletes who are deprived of numerous rights.

Starring: Sam Rockwell, Jay Bilas, Bob Costas, Frank Deford ..
Directed by: Jonathan Paley, Trevor Martin, Ross Finkel
Release date: 2013-10-16
Best History Movies of 2013 : Once Upon a Time...
34.

Once Upon a Time...

3.2
6.2/10 IMDB

In 1913, designer Coco Chanel opens her first boutique in the French city of Deauville.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Clotilde Hesme, Ashleigh Good, Lindsey Wixson, Tallulah Harlech, Caroline De Maigret, Stella Tennant, Lady Amanda Harlech, Saskia de Brauw, Jamie Bochert ..
Directed by: Karl Lagerfeld
Release date: 2013-05-08
35.

Redemption

3.2
7.0/10 IMDB

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
36.

The Wee Man

3.2
6.0/10 IMDB

The true life story of the rise to power of Glasgow gangster Paul Ferris.

Starring: John Hannah, Martin Compston, Patrick Bergin, Stephen McCole, Rita Tushingham, Denis Lawson, Clare Grogan, Laura McMonagle, James Robinson, Steven McEwan ..
Directed by: Ray Burdis
Release date: 2013-01-18
37.

Volare - La grande storia di Domenico Modugno

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

A movie about Domenico Modugno, famous singer.

Starring: Giuseppe Fiorello, Kasia Smutniak, Beppe Fiorello ..
Directed by: Riccardo Milani
Release date: 2013-02-18
38.

Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train a Comin'

3.2
7.6/10 IMDB

An account of the short life of genius musician Jimi Hendrix (1942-70), probably the most talented and influential guitarist of the twentieth century: his humble beginnings in Seattle, his time in New York, his rise to fame in swinging London… Live fast, love hard, die young.

Starring: Jimi Hendrix, Mitch Mitchell, Noel Redding, Billy Cox, Paul McCartney, Eddie Kramer, Jim Ladd, David Fricke, Dweezil Zappa, Vernon Reid ..
Directed by: Bob Smeaton
Release date: 2013-11-04
39.

All the President's Men Revisited

3.1
7.7/10 IMDB

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, Fred Dalton Thompson, Richard Nixon ..
Directed by: Peter Schnall
Release date: 2013-04-21
40.

Going Attractions: The Definitive Story of the American Drive-in Movie

3.1
6.9/10 IMDB

Once a vibrant part of American culture, drive-ins reached their peak in the late 1950s with almost 5,000 dotting the nation. Although drive-ins are experiencing a resurgence, today less than 400 remain. In a nation that loves cars and movies, why haven't they survived? April Wright's lovingly made documentary--filled with archival images of hundreds of open and closed drive-in theaters and interviews with theater owners and cinema luminaries such as Roger Corman--attempts to answer that question.

Starring: Roger Corman, Patricia King Hanson ..
Directed by: April Wright
Release date: 2013-06-07
41.

Savannah

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

Savannah is the true story of Ward Allen, a romantic and bombastic character who rejects his plantation heritage for the freedom of life on a river. Ward navigates the change of early 20th century America on the wrong side of the law and society, his long-time friend, a freed slave named Christmas Moultrie, at his side. Master of Shakespeare, and the shotgun that provides Savannah's markets with fowl, Ward fights for his rights as a hunter. His charisma and eloquent rhetoric win the heart of a society woman who defies her father to marry him. An elderly Moultrie tells the story of life on the river with his friend to a little boy, who passes the legendary Ward Allen down to the next generation.

Starring: Jim Caviezel, Jaimie Alexander, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Jack McBrayer, Bradley Whitford, Sam Shepard, Hal Holbrook, Tracey Walter, Simone Griffeth, Clay Chappell ..
Directed by: Annette Haywood-Carter
Release date: 2013-04-25
Best History Movies of 2013 : Churchill's First World War
42.

Churchill's First World War

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

Drama-documentary about Winston Churchill's extraordinary experiences during the Great War, with intimate letters to his wife Clementine allowing the story to be told largely in his own words. Just 39 and at the peak of his powers running the Royal Navy, Churchill in 1914 dreamt of Napoleonic glory, but suffered a catastrophic fall into disgrace and humiliation over the Dardanelles disaster. The film follows his road to redemption, beginning in the trenches of Flanders in 1916, revealing how he became the 'godfather' of the tank and his forgotten contribution to final victory in 1918 as Minister of Munitions. Dark political intrigue, a passionate love story and remarkable military adventures on land, sea and air combine to show how the Churchill of 1940 was shaped and forged by his experience of the First World War.

Starring: Adam James, Verity Marshall, Richard Lintern ..
Directed by: Adam Kemp
Release date: 2013-07-30
43.

Lumiere's First Picture Shows

3.0
7.5/10 IMDB

An overview of the works of French film pioneers Louis and Auguste Lumière from 1895 to 1897.

Release date: 2013-09-02
44.

ZIPPER: Coney Island's Last Wild Ride

3.0
7.2/10 IMDB

A story about greed, politics and the land grab of the century, ZIPPER chronicles the battle over an American cultural icon. Small-time ride operator, Eddie Miranda, proudly operates a carnival contraption called the Zipper in the heart of Coney Island's gritty amusement district. When his rented lot is snatched up by a real estate mogul, Eddie and his ride become casualties of a power struggle between the developer and the City of New York over the future of the world-famous destination. Be it an affront to history or simply the path of progress, the spirit of Coney Island is at stake. In an increasingly corporate landscape, where authenticity is often sacrificed for economic growth, the Zipper may be just the beginning of what is lost.

Directed by: Amy Nicholson
Release date: 2013-02-05
45.

Das Auto: The Germans, Their Cars and Us

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

Documentary examining Germany's economic power and the automobile industry at the heart of it. Across the world, the badges of Volkswagen, Audi, BMW and Mercedes inspire immediate awe. Even in Britain, where memories of Second World War run deep, we can't resist the appeal of a German car. By contrast, our own industry is a shadow of its former self.

Starring: Dominic Sandbrook ..
Directed by: Fatima Salaria
Release date: 2013-08-04
46.

Hammer of the Gods

2.9
4.5/10 IMDB

Action epic sees a passionate young man transform into a brutal warrior as he travels the unforgiving landscape in search of his long lost brother Hakan The Ferrocious, whose people are relying on him to restore order to their kingdom.

Starring: Charlie Bewley, Clive Standen, James Cosmo, Elliot Cowan, Ivan Kaye, Michael Jibson, Guy Flanagan, Theo Barklem-Biggs, Glynis Barber, Alexandra Dowling ..
Directed by: Farren Blackburn
Release date: 2013-07-05
47.

Valentino's Ghost

2.9
8.2/10 IMDB

The documentary exposes the ways in which America's foreign policy agenda in the Middle East drives the U.S. media's portrayals of Arabs and Muslims. The film lays bare the truths behind taboo subjects that are conspicuously avoided, or merely treated as sound bites, by the mainstream American media: "Why do they hate us?" "Why do we hate them?" What were the events that led to the 9/11 attacks? What are the politics behind the U.S.-Israeli relationship? Why is there a robust debate about these subjects in Europe, the Arab World and in Israel itself, but not in the U.S.? Valentino's Ghost provides a fresh inquiry which challenges the media's daily barrage of rhetoric and misinformation about our complex and vital relationship with this part of the world

Starring: Ahmed Ahmed, Hillary Clinton, Walter Cronkite, Mike Farrell, Niall Ferguson, Robert Fisk, Diana Abu Jaber, Maz Jobrani, Aron Kader, Melani McAlister ..
Directed by: Michael Singh
Release date: 2013-05-17
Best History Movies of 2013 : The Great Martian War 1913–1917
48.

The Great Martian War 1913–1917

2.9
6.8/10 IMDB

Documentary-drama recounting the Martian War of 1913–1917. Europe was on tenterhooks in the 2nd decade of the 20th century, everyone was expecting a Great War between the major European powers. But then, in 1913, something crashed into the forests of SW Germany. Troops were sent to investigate but were wiped out. Martian fighting machines began making their way across Western Europe and the countries of Europe combined forces to resist them. With aspects taken from ‘The War of the Worlds’ by H.G. Wells and from WWI itself, this dramatisation presents a documentary style look at events as they unfolded and the effect they had of our world today. Lots of references to real events including the mass attacks and defeats as men were thrown against machines on the Western front, the Christmas truce and the Angel of Mons, America's isolationism and late entry into the conflict, the worldwide Spanish flu epidemic that killed more people than the war, and many other things.

Starring: Mark Strong, Joan Gregson, Briony Glassco, Jock McLeod, Ian Downie, Thomas Gough, Hazel Douglas, Ashley Bomberry, Daniel Matmor, Walter Stegmayer ..
Directed by: Mike Slee
Release date: 2013-12-08
Best History Movies of 2013 : Ask This of Rikyu
49.

Ask This of Rikyu

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Sen no Rikyu (Ebizo Ichikawa) is the son of a fish shop owner. Sen no Rikyu then studies tea and eventually becomes one of the primary influences upon the Japanese tea ceremony. With his elegant esthetics, Sen no Rikyu is favored by the most powerful man in Japan Toyotomi Hideyoshi (Nao Omori) and becomes one of his closest advisors. Due to conflicts, Toyotomi Hideyoshi then orders Sen no Rikyu to commit seppuku (suicide). Director Mitsutoshi Tanaka's adaptation of Kenichi Yamamoto's award-winning novel of the same name received the Best Artistic Contribution Award at the 37th Montréal World Film Festival, the Best Director Award at the 2014 Osaka Cinema Festival, the 30th Fumiko Yamaji Cultural Award and the 37th Japan Academy Film Prize in nine categories, including Best Art Direction, Excellent Film and Excellent Actor.

Starring: Ichikawa Ebizo XI, Miki Nakatani, Nao Omori, Clara Lee, Yûsuke Iseya, Momoko Kato, Mika Kitajima ..
Directed by: Mitsutoshi Tanaka
Release date: 2013-09-01
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In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey

2.9
7.0/10 IMDB

In Search of Blind Joe Death: The Saga of John Fahey is a documentary film about the legendary American guitarist, composer and provocateur John Fahey, 1939-2001. Fahey is often considered the godfather of 'American primitive guitar'. This cinematic exploration features Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of The Decemberists and Joey Burns of Calexico. These stellar musicians, along with Fahey associates and friends such as the famous 'Dr. Demento', radio broadcaster Barry Hansen, explore the legacy of this profoundly influential artist. The film was recorded in the Washington D.C. area where John Fahey was born, along the Mississippi Delta from Memphis to New Orleans, in Los Angeles, Toronto, Austin, New York and in Oregon where Fahey spent his last two decades.

Starring: John Fahey ..
Directed by: James Cullingham
Release date: 2013-08-16

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