Best History Movies of 2014

1.

The Imitation Game

6.6

Based on the real life story of legendary cryptanalyst Alan Turing, the film portrays the nail-biting race against time by Turing and his brilliant team of code-breakers at Britain's top-secret Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Rory Kinnear, Allen Leech
Directed by: Morten Tyldum
Release date: 2014-11-14
2.

Selma

6.1

"Selma," as in Alabama, the place where segregation in the South was at its worst, leading to a march that ended in violence, forcing a famous statement by President Lyndon B. Johnson that ultimately led to the signing of the Civil Rights Act.

Starring: David Oyelowo, Tom Wilkinson, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth, Oprah Winfrey
Directed by: Ava DuVernay
Release date: 2014-12-25
3.

Testament of Youth

5.3

Testament of Youth is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance, based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, which has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times.

Starring: Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West
Directed by: James Kent
Release date: 2014-10-14
4.

The Monuments Men

5.0

Based on the true story of the greatest treasure hunt in history, The Monuments Men is an action drama focusing on seven over-the-hill, out-of-shape museum directors, artists, architects, curators, and art historians who went to the front lines of WWII to rescue the world’s artistic masterpieces from Nazi thieves and return them to their rightful owners. With the art hidden behind enemy lines, how could these guys hope to succeed?

Starring: Matt Damon, Cate Blanchett, George Clooney, Bill Murray, John Goodman
Directed by: George Clooney
Release date: 2014-01-24
5.

Mr. Turner

4.9

Eccentric British painter J.M.W. Turner lives his last 25 years with gusto and secretly becomes involved with a seaside landlady, while his faithful housekeeper bears an unrequited love for him.

Starring: Timothy Spall, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Paul Jesson, Lesley Manville
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 2014-10-31
6.

Pompeii

4.5

In 79 A.D., Milo, a slave turned gladiator, finds himself in a race against time to save his true love Cassia, the beautiful daughter of a wealthy merchant who has been unwillingly betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts in a torrent of blazing lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena in order to save his beloved as the once magnificent Pompeii crumbles around him.

Starring: Kit Harington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas
Directed by: Paul W.S. Anderson
Release date: 2014-02-18
7.

The Barkley Marathons: The Race That Eats Its Young

4.1
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In its first 25 years only 10 people have finished The Barkley Marathons. Based on a historic prison escape, this cult like race tempts people from around the world to test their limits of physical and mental endurance in this documentary that contemplates the value of pain.
Directed by: Annika Iltis, Timothy James Kane
Release date: 2014-10-26
8.

The Weight of Chains 2

4.0
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'The Weight of Chains 2' is a documentary film largely dealing with the effects of the Washington Consensus economic doctrine on the newly established former Yugoslav republics, but also with neoliberalism as an economic concept. Through interviews with Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone and many others, the author, Serbian-Canadian Boris Malagurski, attempts to analyze why so many people in the Balkans are disappointed with the systems imposed after the fall of socialism and how capitalism could be improved. Looking at the examples of Ecuador and Iceland, the film tries to uncover alternatives to the prevailing orthodoxies of Western economic dictates and help developing nations find their own way to shape their economies and their countries.
Starring: Boris Malagurski, Oliver Stone, Noam Chomsky, R. James Woolsey, Jr., Carla Del Ponte
Directed by: Boris Malagurski
Release date: 2014-11-25
9.

Kya Dilli Kya Lahore

4.0
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In 1948, a cross-fire erupts at an isolated stretch of Indo-Pak border, leaving only two soldiers alive. One is an Indian soldier of Pakistani origin while the other happens to be a Pakistani soldier of Indian origin. An ironic story of pride and survival begins when - in an attempt to evade danger, they bump into each other. And amidst continuous exchange of bullets, altercations and murkier situations, it evolves into a journey of human connection with an unforeseeable end.
Starring: Vijay Raaz, Manu Rishi, Rajendranath Zutshi, Vishwajeet Pradhan
Directed by: Vijay Raaz
Release date: 2014-05-02
10.

Houdini

3.8

Follow the man behind the magic as he finds fame, engages in espionage, battles spiritualists and encounters the greatest names of the era, from U.S. presidents to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Grigori Rasputin.

Release date: 2014-09-01
11.

Video Games: The Movie

3.7

From executive producer Zach Braff and director Jeremy Snead, "Video Games: The Movie" is an epic feature length documentary chronicling the meteoric rise of video games from nerd niche to multi-billion dollar industry. Narrated by Sean Astin and featuring in-depth interviews with the godfathers who started it all, the icons of game design, and the geek gurus who are leading us into the future, "Video Games: The Movie" is a celebration of gaming from Atari to Xbox and an eye-opening look at what lies ahead.

Starring: Sean Astin, Wil Wheaton, Zach Braff, Alison Haislip, Donald Faison
Directed by: Jeremy Snead
Release date: 2014-07-18
12.

Jimmy's Hall

3.7

In the 1930s political activist Jimmy Gralton is deported from Ireland during the 'Red Scare'.

Starring: Barry Ward, Simone Kirby, Jim Norton, Andrew Scott, Brían F. O'Byrne
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 2014-05-30
13.

A Prayer for Rain

3.6

Thirty years on from the 1984 Union Carbide plant malfunction, the consequences of which are tragically ongoing, A Prayer for Rain is the powerful and moving story of the Bhopal tragedy, one of the great corporate and environmental scandals of the last half-century. It dramatises the dependence of the local community on the chemical plant that will eventually cause catastrophe, and the series of oversights that led to an event that stands as a benchmark for corporate irresponsibility in the developing world.

Starring: Martin Sheen, Mischa Barton, Kal Penn, Rajpal Yadav, Tannishtha Chatterjee
Directed by: Ravi Kumar
Release date: 2014-12-05
14.

The Hornet's Nest

3.5

Armed only with their cameras, Peabody and Emmy Award-winning conflict Journalist Mike Boettcher, and his son, Carlos, provide unprecedented access into the longest war in U.S. history.

Starring: Carlos Boettcher, Mike Boettcher, Kalen M. Waite
Directed by: David Salzberg, Christian Tureaud
Release date: 2014-05-09
15.

Walking with the Enemy

3.5

Regent Horthy is the leader of Hungary and a German ally, but his favorable standing with Hitler changes as the war comes to an end. Forced to cede Hungary’s power or else witness the execution of his son, Regent Horthy gives up control of his country to the Nazis, who quickly move Hungarians to ghettos and death camps, with no hope in sight. But the despair changes when a young man named Elek emerges. Separated from his family during the relocations and aided by the woman he loves , Elek defies the enemy by becoming one of them. In a race against time, disguised as a Nazi Officer he embarks on a mission to save his family and thousands of his countrymen.

Starring: Jonas Armstrong, Hannah Tointon, Ben Kingsley, Simon Kunz, Simon Dutton
Directed by: Mark Schmidt
Release date: 2014-04-25
16.

Vitti Dandu

3.4
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In a remote village in colonial India, an old man and his grandson display strong differences in their attitudes towards the country’s British rulers.
Starring: Dilip Prabhavalkar, Ashok Samarth, Mrunal Thakur, Yatin Karyekar, Shubhankar Atre
Directed by: Ganesh Kadam
Release date: 2014-11-21
17.

National Theatre Live: Medea

3.4

Terrible things breed in broken hearts. Medea is a wife and a mother. For the sake of her husband, Jason, she’s left her home and borne two sons in exile. But when he abandons his family for a new life, Medea faces banishment and separation from her children. Cornered, she begs for one day’s grace. It’s time enough. She exacts an appalling revenge and destroys everything she holds dear.

Starring: Helen McCrory, Michaela Coel, Dominic Rowan, Danny Sapani, Clemmie Sveaas
Directed by: Carrie Cracknell
Release date: 2014-09-04
18.

The Cut

3.4

In 1915 a man survives the Armenian genocide in the Ottoman Empire, but loses his family, speech and faith. One night he learns that his twin daughters may be alive, and goes on a quest to find them.

Starring: Tahar Rahim, Simon Abkarian, Arsinée Khanjian, Akin Gazi, George Georgiou
Directed by: Fatih Akin
Release date: 2014-10-16
19.

Century of Enslavement: The History of the Federal Reserve

3.3
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What is the Federal Reserve system? How did it come into existence? Is it part of the federal government? How does it create money? Why is the public kept in the dark about these important matters? In this feature-length documentary film, The Corbett Report explores these important question and pulls back the curtain on America’s central bank.
Starring: James Corbett
Release date: 2014-07-06
20.

Afflicted, Inc.

3.3
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The Creative Director at Afflicted, Inc. comes to a decision.
Starring: Anna Akana, Sophie Bell, Melissa Hunter, Heidi Koling, Kaja Martin
Directed by: Anna Akana
Release date: 2014-03-24

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