Best History Movies of 2019 (So Far)

1.

The Professor and the Madman

5.2
7.3/10

Professor James Murray begins work compiling words for the first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary in the mid 19th century, and receives over 10,000 entries from a patient at Broadmoor Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr. William Minor.

Starring: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn, Natalie Dormer, Ioan Gruffudd, Jeremy Irvine
Directed by: Farhad Safinia
Release date: 2019-03-07
2.

Fyre

5.1
7.3/10

He promised supermodels and yachts, but delivered tents and cheese sandwiches. How one man engineered a music festival disaster.

Starring: Billy McFarland, Ja Rule, Jason Bell, Gabrielle Bluestone, Shiyuan Deng
Directed by: Chris Smith
Release date: 2019-01-18
3.

The Dirt

5.1
7.0/10

The story of Mötley Crüe and their rise from the Sunset Strip club scene of the early 1980s to superstardom.

Starring: Douglas Booth, Machine Gun Kelly, Iwan Rheon, Daniel Webber, Tony Cavalero
Directed by: Jeff Tremaine
Release date: 2019-03-22
4.

Apollo 11

5.1
8.3/10

A look at the Apollo 11 mission to land on the moon led by commander Neil Armstrong and pilot Buzz Aldrin.

Starring: Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, Michael Collins, Walter Cronkite
Directed by: Todd Douglas Miller
Release date: 2019-03-01
5.

Tolkien

5.0
6.9/10

Explore the formative years of the orphaned author as he finds friendship, love and artistic inspiration among a group of fellow outcasts at school. This takes him into the outbreak of World War I, which threatens to tear the “fellowship” apart. All of these experiences would inspire Tolkien to write his famous Middle-Earth novels.

Starring: Nicholas Hoult, Lily Collins, Genevieve O'Reilly, Colm Meaney, Tom Glynn-Carney
Directed by: Dome Karukoski
Release date: 2019-05-03
6.

The Red Sea Diving Resort

4.7
6.5/10

Sudan, East Africa, 1980. A team of Israeli Mossad agents plans to rescue and transfer thousands of Ethiopian Jews to Israel. To do so, and to avoid raising suspicions from the inquisitive and ruthless authorities, they establish as a cover a fake diving resort by the Red Sea.

Starring: Chris Evans, Haley Bennett, Alessandro Nivola, Michael Kenneth Williams, Michiel Huisman
Directed by: Gideon Raff
Release date: 2019-07-28
7.

The Current War

4.1
6.2/10

Electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse compete to create a sustainable system and market it to the American people.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Shannon, Nicholas Hoult, Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland
Directed by: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Release date: 2019-07-18
8.

The Best of Enemies

3.7
6.9/10

Centers on the unlikely relationship between Ann Atwater, an outspoken civil rights activist, and C.P. Ellis, a local Ku Klux Klan leader who reluctantly co-chaired a community summit, battling over the desegregation of schools in Durham, North Carolina during the racially-charged summer of 1971. The incredible events that unfolded would change Durham and the lives of Atwater and Ellis forever.

Starring: Taraji P. Henson, Sam Rockwell, Anne Heche, Wes Bentley, Bruce McGill
Directed by: Robin Bissell
Release date: 2019-04-05
9.

Cold Case Hammarskjöld

3.6
8.2/10

Ndola, Northern Rhodesia (currently Zambia), September 18th, 1961. Swedish Dag Hammarskjöld, UN Secretary-General, mysteriously dies in a plane crash. Decades later, Danish journalist and filmmaker Mads Brügger and Swedish researcher Göran Björkdahl investigate the case looking for a definitive closure.

Starring: Mads Brügger, Clarinah Mfengu, Saphir Wenzi Mabanza, Göran Björkdahl, Hilding Björkdahl
Directed by: Mads Brügger
Release date: 2019-02-07
10.

Brexit: The Uncivil War

3.6
7.0/10

Political strategist Dominic Cummings leads a popular but controversial campaign to convince British voters to leave the European Union from 2015 up until the present day.

Starring: Benedict Cumberbatch, Rory Kinnear, John Heffernan, Oliver Maltman, Richard Goulding
Directed by: Toby Haynes
Release date: 2019-01-07
11.

Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party

3.4
8.9/10
Tiananmen: The People Versus the Party
The true story of the seven weeks that changed China forever. On June 4, 1989, pro-democracy demonstrations were violently and bloodily repressed. Thousands of people died, but the basis for China's future was definitely planted.
Starring: Corey Johnson, Howard Zhang, Shen Tong, Jean-Philippe Béja, Wu'er Kaixi
Directed by: Ian MacMillan, Audrey Maurion
Release date: 2019-06-02
12.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back

3.4
8.0/10

Join Apollo 11 on its historic journey. The film seamlessly blends mission audio featuring conversations among Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins with new footage, NASA archive and stunning CGI to recreate the first moon landing.

Starring: Rufus Wright, Jack Tarlton, Patrick Kennedy
Directed by: Anthony Philipson
Release date: 2019-07-10
13.

The Green Book: Guide to Freedom

3.3
8.3/10

In the 1930s, a black postal carrier from Harlem named Victor Green published a book that was part travel guide and part survival guide. It was called The Negro Motorist Green Book, and it helped African-Americans navigate safe passage across America well into the 1960s. Explore some of the segregated nation's safe havens and notorious "sundown towns" and witness stories of struggle and indignity as well as opportunity and triumph.

Starring: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali, Linda Cardellini, Brian Stepanek, Dimiter D. Marinov
Directed by: Yoruba Richen
Release date: 2019-02-25
14.

The Secret History Of Air Force One

3.2
8.1/10
The Secret History Of Air Force One
This one-hour special utilizes exclusive footage to bring audiences inside Air Force One like never before. Gripping archives paired with insider interviews will illuminate the hidden history of presidential flight and unveil the incredible history of America's most famous plane.
Release date: 2019-02-19
15.

All the Colors of Giallo

3.0
7.0/10
All the Colors of Giallo
'Giallo' is Italian for 'yellow', the color of the lurid pulp novels that inspired one of the most intense, extreme and influential genres in movie history. In this unprecedented collection, experience the full chronological evolution of giallo with more than 100 rare and classic trailers from such masters as Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Sergio Martino, Antonio Margheriti, Umberto Lenzi and many more. Then slip on black leather gloves and set the mood with a Bonus CD of legendary soundtrack music from composers that include Ennio Morricone, Riz Ortolani, Bruno Nicolai, Stelvio Cipriani and others, along with all-new featurettes that thrust even deeper into the genre. "But be warned," says Gizmodo.com, "Once you start going down the blood- slicked giallo rabbit hole, you may become dangerously obsessed."
Starring: Lamberto Bava, Barbara Bouchet, Luciano Ercoli, Edwige Fenech, Lucio Fulci
Directed by: Federico Caddeo
Release date: 2019-01-29
16.

Mr. Jones

2.9
6.6/10
Mr. Jones
In March 1933, Welsh journalist Gareth Jones takes a train from Moscow to Kharkov in the Ukraine. He disembarks at a small station and sets off on foot on a journey through the country where he experiences at first hand the horrors of a famine. Everywhere there are dead people, and everywhere he goes he meets henchmen of the Soviet secret service who are determined to prevent news about the catastrophe from getting out to the general public. Stalin’s forced collectivisation of agriculture has resulted in misery and ruin; the policy is tantamount to mass murder. Supported by Ada Brooks, a New York Times reporter, Jones succeeds in spreading the shocking news in the West, thereby putting his powerful rival, the Pulitzer Prize-winning, pro-Stalin journalist Walter Duranty, firmly in his place.
Starring: James Norton, Vanessa Kirby, Peter Sarsgaard, Joseph Mawle, Fenella Woolgar
Directed by: Agnieszka Holland
Release date: 2019-02-10
17.

Wild Nights with Emily

2.8
6.2/10

Explore Emily Dickinson's vivacious, irreverent side that was covered up for years — most notably her lifelong romantic relationship with another woman.

Starring: Molly Shannon, Amy Seimetz, Susan Ziegler, Brett Gelman, Jackie Monahan
Directed by: Madeleine Olnek
Release date: 2019-04-12
18.

Gwen

2.5
5.8/10

A mysterious — and suspicious — run of ill fortune plagues a teenage girl and her mother and sister on their hillside farm in this folk story set in the dark hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.

Starring: Eleanor Worthington-Cox, Maxine Peake, Richard Harrington, Mark Lewis Jones, Kobna Holdbrook-Smith
Directed by: William McGregor
Release date: 2019-07-19
19.

The Challenger Disaster

2.3
6.4/10

On the eve of the Challenger explosion in 1986 one engineer goes to the extreme to stop the launch. This hot-headed engineer makes a desperate race against the clock to call off the billion dollar multi-delayed Challenger launch, convinced the O-ring seals will fail and kill everyone on board. The Company, Marshall Space Flight and NASA made a business decision. He made a human decision.

Starring: Dean Cain, Glenn Morshower, Eric Hanson, Les Miles, Erika Waldorf
Directed by: Nathan VonMinden
Release date: 2019-01-25
20.

The Brawler

2.1
4.7/10
The Brawler
The true story of underdog boxer, Chuck Wepner, who gets a shot to fight the champ, Muhammed Ali.
Starring: Zach McGowan, Amy Smart, Taryn Manning, Burt Young, Jerrod Paige
Directed by: Ken Kushner
Release date: 2019-01-18

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