Best History Movies of 2016

1.

Hacksaw Ridge

6.6
8.1/10

WWII American Army Medic Desmond T. Doss, who served during the Battle of Okinawa, refuses to kill people and becomes the first Conscientious Objector in American history to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Vince Vaughn, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer
Directed by: Mel Gibson
Release date: 2016-10-07
2.

Hidden Figures

6.5
7.8/10

The untold story of Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson – brilliant African-American women working at NASA and serving as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history – the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Janelle Monáe, Kevin Costner, Kirsten Dunst
Directed by: Theodore Melfi
Release date: 2016-12-10
3.

Sully

6.1
7.4/10

On 15 January 2009, the world witnessed the 'Miracle on the Hudson' when Captain 'Sully' Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and career.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, Anna Gunn, Autumn Reeser
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2016-09-07
4.

Eddie the Eagle

6.0
7.4/10

The feel-good story of Michael 'Eddie' Edwards, an unlikely but courageous British ski-jumper who never stopped believing in himself—even as an entire nation was counting him out. With the help of a rebellious and charismatic coach, Eddie takes on the establishment and wins the hearts of sports fans around the world by making an improbable and historic showing at the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics.

Starring: Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, Christopher Walken, Ania Sowinski, Mads Sjøgård Pettersen
Directed by: Dexter Fletcher
Release date: 2016-02-26
5.

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi

6.0
7.3/10

An American Ambassador is killed during an attack at a U.S. compound in Libya as a security team struggles to make sense out of the chaos.

Starring: James Badge Dale, John Krasinski, Max Martini, Pablo Schreiber, Toby Stephens
Directed by: Michael Bay
Release date: 2016-01-13
6.

Snowden

5.9
7.3/10

CIA employee Edward Snowden leaks thousands of classified documents to the press.

Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto, Tom Wilkinson
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2016-09-15
7.

Patriots Day

5.9
7.4/10

In the aftermath of an unspeakable act of terror, Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders joins courageous survivors, first responders and investigators in a race against the clock to hunt down the Boston Marathon bombers before they strike again.

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, John Goodman, J.K. Simmons, Kevin Bacon, Michelle Monaghan
Directed by: Peter Berg
Release date: 2016-12-12
8.

Silence

5.9
7.2/10

Two Jesuit priests travel to seventeenth century Japan which has, under the Tokugawa shogunate, banned Catholicism and almost all foreign contact.

Starring: Andrew Garfield, Adam Driver, Tadanobu Asano, Ciarán Hinds, Liam Neeson
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 2016-12-22
9.

The Founder

5.8
7.2/10

The true story of how Ray Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers’ speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. He maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire.

Starring: Michael Keaton, Nick Offerman, John Carroll Lynch, Linda Cardellini, Patrick Wilson
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2016-09-13
10.

11.22.63

5.8
8.2/10
11.22.63
An English teacher travels back in time to prevent the Kennedy assassination, but discovers he is attached to the life he has made in a bygone era.
Release date: 2016-02-15
11.

War and Peace

5.1
8.2/10

Sumptuous BBC mini-series following the fortunes and the rise and fall of five aristocratic families in the waning days of imperial Russia.

Release date: 2016-01-03
12.

Free State of Jones

5.0
6.9/10

In 1863, Mississippi farmer Newt Knight serves as a medic for the Confederate Army. Opposed to slavery, Knight would rather help the wounded than fight the Union. After his nephew dies in battle, Newt returns home to Jones County to safeguard his family but is soon branded an outlaw deserter. Forced to flee, he finds refuge with a group of runaway slaves hiding out in the swamps. Forging an alliance with the slaves and other farmers, Knight leads a rebellion that would forever change history.

Starring: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Mahershala Ali, Keri Russell, Jacob Lofland
Directed by: Gary Ross
Release date: 2016-06-24
13.

All the Way

5.0
7.3/10
All the Way
Lyndon B. Johnson's amazing 11-month journey from taking office after JFK's assassination, through the fight to pass the 1964 Civil Rights Act and his own presidential campaign, culminating on the night LBJ is actually elected to the office – no longer the 'accidental President.'
Starring: Bryan Cranston, Anthony Mackie, Melissa Leo, Frank Langella, Bradley Whitford
Directed by: Jay Roach
Release date: 2016-05-23
14.

A United Kingdom

5.0
6.8/10

The inspiring true story of Seretse Khama, the King of Bechuanaland (modern Botswana), and Ruth Williams, the London office worker he married in 1948 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments. Seretse and Ruth defied family, Apartheid and empire - their love triumphed over every obstacle flung in their path and in so doing they transformed their nation and inspired the world.

Starring: David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Terry Pheto
Directed by: Amma Asante
Release date: 2016-11-25
15.

The Finest Hours

4.9
6.7/10

The Coast Guard makes a daring rescue attempt off the coast of Cape Cod after a pair of oil tankers are destroyed during a blizzard in 1952.

Starring: Chris Pine, Casey Affleck, Ben Foster, Eric Bana, Holliday Grainger
Directed by: Craig Gillespie
Release date: 2016-01-25
16.

Denial

4.9
6.7/10

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Starring: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott, Jack Lowden
Directed by: Mick Jackson
Release date: 2016-09-30
17.

Genius

4.8
6.5/10

New York in the 1920s. Max Perkins, a literary editor is the first to sign such subsequent literary greats as Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald. When a sprawling, chaotic 1,000-page manuscript by an unknown writer falls into his hands, Perkins is convinced he has discovered a literary genius.

Starring: Colin Firth, Jude Law, Nicole Kidman, Laura Linney, Guy Pearce
Directed by: Michael Grandage
Release date: 2016-06-10
18.

Risen

4.5
6.3/10

Clavius, a powerful Roman military tribune, and his aide, Lucius, are tasked with solving the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks following the crucifixion, in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.

Starring: Joseph Fiennes, Tom Felton, Peter Firth, Cliff Curtis, Mark Killeen
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: 2016-02-18
19.

What About ME?

3.8
8.2/10

Inside the dramatic search for a cure to ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephalomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome). 17 million people around the world suffer from what ME/CFS has been known as a mystery illness, delegated to the psychological realm, until now. A scientist in the only neuro immune institute in the world may have come up with the answer. An important human drama, plays out on the quest for the truth.

Starring: Julie Hoult, Paula Atherton, Susan Douglas
Directed by: Susan Douglas
Release date: 2016-01-01
20.

To Walk Invisible

3.8
7.4/10

To Walk Invisible takes a new look at the extraordinary Brontë family, telling the story of these remarkable women who, despite the obstacles they faced, came from obscurity to produce some of the greatest novels in the English language.

Starring: Finn Atkins, Chloe Pirrie, Charlie Murphy, Adam Nagaitis, Jonathan Pryce
Directed by: Sally Wainwright
Release date: 2016-12-26

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