10 Best Movies About History

Friday, February 25 by Russell Deza

Interested in the 10 best movies about history? Although the 10 movies about history may have some visual, factual or technical errors, these films are entertaining nonetheless. Any of these movies about history are excellent choices for that Friday night video pick.

  1. “The Last King of Scotland”. The amazing performance by Forest Whitaker earned him an Oscar in 2007 as the Ugandan dictator Idi Amin. He was said to have been so absorbed in the role that he absolutely frightened some of those who worked in the set.
  2. “JFK”. “JFK” which starred Kevin Costner was released in 1991. Sadly, this Olive Stone opus has been the only reference point for quite a few people when it comes to the late president, John F. Kennedy.
  3. “Pearl Harbor”. While the movie revolved around actual events that kick-started American involvement in the war, the main characters depicted were either purely fictional or amalgamations of individuals involved in the attack. Still, Michael Bay makes up for any inaccuracies by coming up with a film filled with slam-bang action.
  4. “Apollo 13”. The film depicts the ill-fated, moon-bound NASA mission of 1970. With a stellar cast led by the talented Tom Hanks and directed by Ron Howard, the movie continues to be a favorite among movie buffs.
  5. “300”. From the graphic novel by Frank Miller, the “300” is a fictionalized retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae. Raved by moviegoers for the well-choreographed combat scenes, the film may have also propelled the career of Gerald Butler.
  6. “Saving Private Ryan”. Loosely based on a monument honoring the deaths of fou brothers during World War II, this film is a favorite among war film fans. The movie received much praise for the incredibly realistic battle scenes.
  7. “The Ghost and the Darkness”. This film sensationalized the lion attacks in Kenya at the end of the 19th century. A recent study does confirm lion deaths but the probably number was much less than what the movie claims.
  8. “Titanic”. This 1997 epic was said to have breached the $1.8 billion mark at the box office. Those who loved the film may be disappointed to know that the main characters were completely made up.
  9. “Kingdom of Heaven”. This movie was set during the crusades of the 12th century. Kingdom of Heaven starts Orlando Bloom and was directed by Ridley Scott.
  10. “Tombstone”. The movie features the legendary Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. Val Kilmer, who plays the gunslinger Holiday, was highly praised for his performance in the movie.
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