Best War Movies of 2004

1.

Hotel Rwanda

6.5
8.1/10 IMDB

Inspired by true events, this film takes place in Rwanda in the 1990s when more than a million Tutsis were killed in a genocide that went mostly unnoticed by the rest of the world. Hotel owner Paul Rusesabagina houses over a thousand refuges in his hotel in attempt to save their lives.

Starring: Don Cheadle, Sophie Okonedo, Nick Nolte, Fana Mokoena, Joaquin Phoenix, Jean Reno, Desmond Dube, Ofentse Modiselle, Mathabo Pieterson, Hakeem Kae-Kazim ..
Directed by: Terry George
Release date: 2004-09-11
2.

King Arthur

5.3
6.3/10 IMDB

The story of the Arthurian legend, based on the 'Sarmatian hypothesis' which contends that the legend has a historical nucleus in the Sarmatian heavy cavalry troops stationed in Britain, and that the Roman-British military commander, Lucius Artorius Castus is the historical person behind the legend.

Starring: Clive Owen, Ioan Gruffudd, Keira Knightley, Mads Mikkelsen, Joel Edgerton, Hugh Dancy, Ray Winstone, Stephen Dillane, Ray Stevenson, Til Schweiger ..
Directed by: Antoine Fuqua
Release date: 2004-07-07
3.

Alexander

4.8
5.6/10 IMDB

Alexander, the King of Macedonia, leads his legions against the giant Persian Empire. After defeating the Persians, he leads his army across the then known world, venturing farther than any westerner had ever gone, all the way to India.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Angelina Jolie, Val Kilmer, Jared Leto, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Anthony Hopkins, Jessie Kamm, Christopher Plummer, Connor Paolo, Patrick Carroll ..
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 2004-11-21
4.

The Alamo

4.4
6.0/10 IMDB

Based on the 1836 standoff between a group of Texan and Tejano men, led by Davy Crockett and Jim Bowie, and Mexican dictator Santa Anna's forces at the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Starring: Dennis Quaid, Billy Bob Thornton, Jason Patric, Patrick Wilson, Emilio Echevarría, Emily Deschanel, Jordi Mollà, Leon Rippy, Tommy Davidson, Marc Blucas ..
Directed by: John Lee Hancock
Release date: 2004-04-07
5.

Head in the Clouds

4.0
6.6/10 IMDB

A romantic drama set in 1930's England, Paris, and Spain. Gilda Bessé shares her Paris apartment with an Irish schoolteacher, Guy Malyon, and Mia, a refugee from Spain. As the world drifts toward war, Gilda defiantly pursues her hedonistic lifestyle and her burgeoning career as a photographer. But Guy and Mia feel impelled to join the fight against fascism, and the three friends are separated.

Starring: Charlize Theron, Penélope Cruz, Stuart Townsend, Thomas Kretschmann, Peter Cockett, Gabriel Hogan, Karine Vanasse, David La Haye, Steven Berkoff, John Robinson ..
Directed by: John Duigan
Release date: 2004-04-29
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Aryan Couple
6.

The Aryan Couple

3.3
6.3/10 IMDB

A WWII Drama about a German/Jewish industrialist who, in order to ensure his family's safe passage out of Germany, is forced to hand over his business to the Nazis.

Starring: Martin Landau, Judy Parfitt, Kenny Doughty, Nolan Hemmings, Danny Webb, Christopher Fulford, Steven Mackintosh, Jake Wood, Richard Bremmer ..
Directed by: John Daly
Release date: 2004-12-10
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea
7.

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 2: Vaux to the Sea

3.3
6.9/10 IMDB

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of 92 suitcases found around the world - 92 being the atomic number of the element Uranium. The project includes three feature films, a TV series, 92 DVDs, CD-ROMs, and books.

Starring: J. J. Feild, Raymond J. Barry, Valentina Cervi, Marcel Iure?, Steven Mackintosh, Jordi Mollà, Drew Mulligan, Ornella Muti, Anna Galiena, Ronald Pickup ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2004-02-09
Best War Movies of 2004 : D-Day 6.6.1944
8.

D-Day 6.6.1944

3.3
7.1/10 IMDB

On June 6th, 1944 the largest military invasion and defence the world has ever seen occurred. D-Day tells the epic story of the preparation and execution of the Allied invasion of Normandy. It tells the story of the defence of the Western Front by the forces of the German Empire, and of the complex and deadly secret war fought by the men and women of France and mainland Europe. D-Day brings to life the dramatic and astounding tales of courage and sacrifice, joy and despair, love and betrayal. The planning for the Allied invasion on June 6th 1944 took two years and cost thousands of lives. It involved a deception of breathtaking audacity. Both the preparation leading up to and the actions and events on the day itself relied on the absolute discretion of many and the genius and nerve of a few. D-Day examines the intricate jigsaw from both sides - presenting events through the eyes of the men and women who were there, telling their extraordinary stories.

Starring: Ian Holm, Lacy Moore, Graham McTavish, Albert Welling, Tim Bentinck, Robert Cambrinus, Andrew Havill, Tom Brooke, William Neenan, Murray Head ..
Directed by: Richard Dale
Release date: 2004-06-06
Best War Movies of 2004 : Silence of the Sea
9.

Silence of the Sea

3.1
7.9/10 IMDB

In a small town in the West of France, during the German Occupation, a room is requisitioned by a Wehrmacht captain, Werner von Ebrennac. The house where he now stays is inhabited by young Jeanne, who makes a living by giving piano lessons, and by her grandfather. Quite upset, the two "hosts" decide to resist the occupier by never speaking a word to him. Now Werner is a lover of France and its culture, and he tries to persuade them that a rapprochement between Germany and France would be beneficial for the two nations. Quite unexpectedly Jeanne, little by little, falls in love with Werner. At the same time, the Francophile officer loses his illusions, realizing at last that what Nazi Germany actually wants is to thrall France and to stifle its culture...

Starring: Julie Delarme, Michel Galabru, Thomas Jouannet, Marie Bunel ..
Directed by: Pierre Boutron
Release date: 2004-10-10
Best War Movies of 2004 : The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish
10.

The Tulse Luper Suitcases, Part 3: From Sark to the Finish

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

The Tulse Luper Suitcases reconstructs the life of Tulse Luper, a professional writer and project-maker, caught up in a life of prisons. He was born in 1911 in Newport, South Wales and presumably last heard of in 1989. His life is reconstructed from the evidence of 92 suitcases found around the world - 92 being the atomic number of the element Uranium. The project includes three feature films, a TV series, 92 DVDs, CD-ROMs, and books.

Starring: J. J. Feild, Roger Rees, Stephen Billington, Valentina Cervi, Roberto Citran, Giovanni Capalbo, Ornella Muti, Ana Torrent, Anna Galiena, Renata Litvinova ..
Directed by: Peter Greenaway
Release date: 2004-09-06

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