It may seem strange; but it is quite easy to make a list of the 5 best historical movies 2008. During this year, many memorable performances graced the big screen, and a surprising number of these where historical in nature. While some of these films may be accused of taking liberties with actual historical events, the vision of the directors and the performances of the actors leave no doubt that these films deserve to be part of a best of 2008 list.

  1. Frost Nixon.” Captivating audiences with a first hand account of the Watergate scandals, the film captures the heart of the interviews between David Frost and Richard Nixon. No one can walk away from the performance without having a new perspective concerning the famous interviews, which makes it very deserving to be included in a list of best historical movies of 2008.

  2. “Milk.” Another great historical movie of 2008 was “Milk,” starring Sean Penn. Championing gay and lesbian rights, the movie retells the story of politician Harvey Milk and his quest to become the first openly gay public official.  This movie shows the actors struggle, and finally his success, as he rails against the countries prejudices. Watch as Harvey champions gay rights and becomes a strong voice against open discrimination.

  3. “W.” An autobiographical account of the 43rd president of the United States, this film was first scorned because of the misperception it was unfairly negatively biased against George W. Bush. What in fact takes place is a telling of his life and times that is emphatic and understanding as well as critical and telling, making it a must see for every dutiful citizen. Overall, this film is firmly entrenched in the list of 5 best historical movies of 2008.

  4. “Valkyrie.” This 2008 historical movie, concerning a plotted and failed assassination attempt of Adolf Hitler, leaves its movie audiences wondering what if. Thriving on a great directorial vision, this suspense filled drama tells the story of a few souls who took a stand against one of the world most villainous characters.

  5. “The Duchess.” The little known tale of the Duchess of Devonshire is one of those rare blends of historical movie and romantic drama. Based on amazingly true events, the story will leave audience awed and teary eyed.