10 Best Movies About Historical Events

Friday, February 25 by Glennice Fryson

Watch these 10 Best Movies About Historical Events to learn more about history while enjoying the way the story unfolds. Sometimes to appreciate where we have come from, we must know the history behind our nation and where we have been.  No matter how dark and ugly some of it may be, the history is ours and from our struggles comes a great nation. These movies tell the story of our nation in ways some of our history books never can. After watching the movies, some have been more inclined to find more details in recorded, documented history books.  

  1. "Amazing Grace" is the historical movie that tells the story of William Wilberforce and his struggle to abolish slavery during 1797.  During his cause, he takes a vacation for health reasons.  He meets Barbara Spooner whom he finds a soul mate. He continues his fight with support from Spooner and others such as John Newton who wrote the song that seems to transcend time "Amazing Grace."
  2. "Roots" written by Alex Haley descendent of a slave. In this movie, the saga of Haley's family unfolds from the time of Kunta Kinte' abduction from his African Village. As his life is told, events in history are documented such as the Revolutionary and Civil Wars.     
  3. "The Crossing" 2000 depicts George Washington's command of the Continental Army. While low on men, artillery, supplies and bounding on the brink of defeat, Washington decides to risk it all in a desperate attack on the town of Trenton. He and his men cross the Delaware to victory.
  4. "Napoleon" 2002 tells the story of Napoleon while held prisoner on the island of St Helena. Napoleon reflects on the story of his life from his rise to military prominence through his fascination for women to his ultimate downfall.
  5. "The Alamo" 1960 is set in 1836. American General Sam Houston is buying time to stop General Santa Anna and his Mexican Army.  He orders one of his colonels, William Travis, to defend a small Mexican mission at all cost. A heroic American folklore.
  6. "Tombstone" 1993 tells the story of Wyatt Earp's move to Tombstone, Arizona as he plans to retire and leave his life of notoriety behind him. Hi brothers and Doc Holliday arrive also. The Earp's and Doc Holliday are led into a gunfight at the O.K. Corral. The rest is history.
  7. "The Ten Commandments" is the epic story of Moses from being saved from death by being set adrift on the Nile to saved by the pharaohs daughter herself, raised as a prince and then commanded by God to free the Hebrews from slavery.
  8. "Bonnie and Clyde" the movie depicting the true historical events of  lovers who leave a string of robberies and murders behind them.  A cross country chase catches the attention of every law officer.  More robberies and murders take place until they are killed.
  9. "JFK" is the historical movie about the assassination of President John Fitzgerald Kennedy.  New Orleans district Attorney Jim Garrison decides to investigate the assassination because he is suspicious of the account given by the FBI. 
  10. "Bobby" 2006 historical movie written and directed by Emilio Estevez regarding the assassination of Robert F Kennedy.  At the end of the movie, the speech "On the Mindless Menace of Violence"  is played. The speech was delivered in 1968 to a group at the City Club in Cleveland, Ohio
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