Best History Movies of 2018

1.

First Man

6.1

A look at the life of the astronaut, Neil Armstrong, and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Starring: Ryan Gosling, Claire Foy, Jason Clarke, Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll
Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Release date: 2018-10-11
2.

The Favourite

5.7

In 18th century England, the close relationship between Queen Anne and Sarah Churchill is threatened by the arrival of Sarah's cousin, Abigail Hill, resulting in a bitter rivalry between the two cousins to be the Queen's favourite.

Starring: Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, Nicholas Hoult, Joe Alwyn
Directed by: Yorgos Lanthimos
Release date: 2018-11-20
3.

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society

5.4

Free-spirited writer Juliet Ashton forms a life-changing bond with the delightful and eccentric Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, when she decides to write about the book club they formed during the occupation of Guernsey in WWII.

Starring: Lily James, Jessica Brown Findlay, Matthew Goode, Michiel Huisman, Katherine Parkinson
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 2018-04-19
4.

Vice

5.4

George W. Bush picks Dick Cheney, the CEO of Halliburton Co., to be his Republican running mate in the 2000 presidential election. No stranger to politics, Cheney's impressive résumé includes stints as White House chief of staff, House Minority Whip and defense secretary. When Bush wins by a narrow margin, Cheney begins to use his newfound power to help reshape the country and the world.

Starring: Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Tyler Perry
Directed by: Adam McKay
Release date: 2018-12-25
5.

Outlaw King

5.1

Forced into exile by the English after being crowned King of Scotland, legendary warrior Robert the Bruce fights to reclaim the throne.

Starring: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, Tony Curran, Stephen Dillane
Directed by: David Mackenzie
Release date: 2018-11-09
6.

22 July

5.0

In Norway on 22 July 2011, right-wing terrorist Anders Behring Breivik murdered 77 young people attending a Labour Party Youth Camp on Utöya Island outside of Oslo. This three-part story will focus on the survivors of the attacks, the political leadership of Norway, and the lawyers involved.

Starring: Jonas Strand Gravli, Anders Danielsen Lie, Jon Øigarden, Seda Witt, Ola G. Furuseth
Directed by: Paul Greengrass
Release date: 2018-09-05
7.

12 Strong

5.0

A team of CIA agents and special forces head into Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks in an attempt to dismantle the Taliban.

Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Michael Shannon, Michael Peña, Trevante Rhodes, Navid Negahban
Directed by: Nicolai Fuglsig
Release date: 2018-01-16
8.

Operation Finale

4.8

In 1960, a team of Israeli secret agents is deployed to find Adolf Eichmann, the infamous Nazi architect of the Holocaust, supposedly hidden in Argentina, and get him to Israel to be judged.

Starring: Oscar Isaac, Ben Kingsley, Mélanie Laurent, Peter Strauss, Nick Kroll
Directed by: Chris Weitz
Release date: 2018-08-29
9.

They Shall Not Grow Old

4.4

A documentary about World War I with never-before-seen footage to commemorate the centennial of Armistice Day, and the end of the war.

Directed by: Peter Jackson
Release date: 2018-12-17
10.

Colette

4.3

After marrying a successful Parisian writer known commonly as Willy, Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette is transplanted from her childhood home in rural France to the intellectual and artistic splendor of Paris. Soon after, Willy convinces Colette to ghostwrite for him. She pens a semi-autobiographical novel about a witty and brazen country girl named Claudine, sparking a bestseller and a cultural sensation. After its success, Colette and Willy become the talk of Paris and their adventures inspire additional Claudine novels.

Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh
Directed by: Wash Westmoreland
Release date: 2018-09-21
11.

Quincy

4.1

An intimate look into the life of icon Quincy Jones. A unique force in music and popular culture for 70 years, Jones has transcended racial and cultural boundaries; his story is inextricably woven into the fabric of America.

Starring: Quincy Jones, Rashida Jones, Tom Hanks, Oprah Winfrey, John Legend
Directed by: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones
Release date: 2018-09-21
12.

The 15:17 to Paris

3.9

In August 2015, an ISIS terrorist boarded train #9364 from Brussels to Paris. Armed with an AK-47 and enough ammo to kill more than 500 people, the terrorist might have succeeded except for three American friends who refused to give in to fear. One was a college student, one was a martial arts enthusiast and airman first class in the U.S. Air Force, and the other was a member of the Oregon National Guard, and all three pals proved fearless as they charged and ultimately overpowered the gunman after he emerged from a bathroom armed and ready to kill.

Starring: Spencer Stone, Alek Skarlatos, Anthony Sadler, Ray Corasani, Jenna Fischer
Directed by: Clint Eastwood
Release date: 2018-01-16
13.

Mary Magdalene

3.9

Set in the Holy Land in the first century C.E., a young woman leaves her small fishing village and traditional family behind to join a radical new social movement. At its head is a charismatic leader, Jesus of Nazareth, who promises that the world is changing. Mary is searching for a new way of living, and an authenticity that is denied her by the rigid hierarchies of the day. As the notoriety of the group spread and more are drawn to follow Jesus’ inspirational message, Mary’s spiritual journey places her at the heart of a story that will lead to the capital city of Jerusalem, where she must confront the reality of Jesus’ destiny and her own place within it.

Starring: Rooney Mara, Joaquin Phoenix, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Ariane Labed, Ryan Corr
Directed by: Garth Davis
Release date: 2018-03-15
14.

Paul, Apostle of Christ

3.8

Risking his life, Luke ventures to Rome to visit Paul -- the apostle who's bound in chains and held captive in Nero's darkest and bleakest prison cell. Haunted by the shadows of his past misdeeds, Paul wonders if he's been forgotten as he awaits his grisly execution. Before Paul's death, Luke resolves to write another book that details the birth of what will come to be known as the church.

Starring: Jim Caviezel, James Faulkner, Olivier Martinez, Joanne Whalley, John Lynch
Directed by: Andrew Hyatt
Release date: 2018-03-23
15.

The Angel

3.7

True story of Ashraf Marwan, who was President Nasser's son-in-law and special adviser and confidant to his successor Anwar Sadat - while simultaneously Israeli Intelligence's most precious asset of the 20th century. Based on NYT bestselling book 'The Angel: The Egyptian Spy Who Saved Israel' by Uri Bar-Joseph.

Starring: Toby Kebbell, Hannah Ware, Marwan Kenzari, Waleed Zuaiter, Ori Pfeffer
Directed by: Ariel Vromen
Release date: 2018-05-15
16.

Sweet Country

3.6

It’s 1929 on the vast, desert-like, Eastern Arrernte Nation lands that are now known as the Central Australian outback. Sam Kelly, a middle-aged Aboriginal man, works the land of a kind preacher, Fred Smith. After an ill-tempered bully arrives in town and Kelly kills him in self-defence, he and his wife go on the run as a posse gathers to hunt him down.

Starring: Hamilton Morris, Bryan Brown, Sam Neill, Thomas M. Wright, Ewen Leslie
Directed by: Warwick Thornton
Release date: 2018-01-25
17.

Kursk

3.6

The story of the 2000 K-141 Kursk submarine disaster and the governmental negligence that followed. As the sailors fight for survival, their families desperately battle political obstacles and impossible odds to save them.

Starring: Matthias Schoenaerts, Colin Firth, Léa Seydoux, Peter Simonischek, Max von Sydow
Directed by: Thomas Vinterberg
Release date: 2018-11-07
18.

Mary Queen of Scots

3.6

Mary Stuart attempts to overthrow her cousin Elizabeth I, Queen of England, only to find herself condemned to years of imprisonment before facing execution.

Starring: Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Jack Lowden, Joe Alwyn, David Tennant
Directed by: Josie Rourke
Release date: 2018-12-07
19.

Peterloo

3.5

A drama about the infamous 1819 Manchester massacre, which killed an estimated 18 protesters and injured up to 700.

Starring: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Pearce Quigley, David Moorst, Rachel Finnegan
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 2018-11-01
20.

Michael Palin in North Korea

3.5
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When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met in May, the historic meeting made headlines around the world. By coincidence, the meeting coincided with another historic visit, with Michael Palin heading to North Korea for an “unprecedented” new series about the secretive nation. The new series had been in negotiations for two years, but the timing meant the Monty Python and Vanity Fair star was able to spend a week among the nation’s ordinary citizens, gauging their reaction to the news as part of the new documentary.
Starring: Michael Palin
Directed by: Neil Ferguson
Release date: 2018-09-20

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