Good movies for history buffs..

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  1. alxths macrumors 6502

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    So, I've always been into history and movies; so naturally, historical movies are a favorite of mine.. Only problem is that I've exhausted my supply of titles that i'm aware of. So far, the one's that i've particularly enjoyed are:

    Spartacus, Ben Hur, 10 commandments, Barry Lyndon, The Bounty, Master and Commander, Henry V, Braveheart, Amedeus(mozart), Immortal Beloved(beethoven), Quills(though, not too many historical aspects), Glory, Ghettisburg, Last of the Mohikans(sp)

    Gah, i know i'm forgetting some, but I'm wondering if anyone could recommend any other good ones? I particularly like ones set during the rennaissance through the industrial revolution.. Everything was so extravagant and people had so much class and culture(well, the aristocrats anyway). Basically, I'd recommedn any of the titles on the above list for those of you who may not have seen them..
     
  2. P-Worm macrumors 68020

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    Have you seen Patton? That one is great.

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  3. iBook macrumors regular

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    An oldie but a goodie

    Alistair Cooke's "America." If you're American or if you believe in what potential this country still posseses and hold tightly to your faith in what it might yet become, you will love this 13-part series originally aired on PBS.
     
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    Amistad was a good movie, and you can't for get Michael Cane in Zulu :D

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  5. wwidgirl macrumors member

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    Band of Brothers
    Lawrence of Arabia
    Enemy at the gates (not so good though....)
    The Red Violin (This movie is fantastic. I really think you'll like it)
    The Piano
    Count of Monte Cristo
    Elizabeth
    Age of Innocence
    Interview with a Vampire
     
  6. alxths thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Patton eh, i've seen it in the TV guide a few times and have been meaning to check it out. I was thinking more alone the lines of pre20th century movies though. If we're gonna start listing ww2 movies, it opens up a whole other can of worms all together ;)

    I'm not american, nor am i a big fan of patriotism, but i will keep an eye open for that series..

    Ah, Amistad. Forgot that one.. I really liked it.

    The connection to Africa reminds me of a lesser known one that i forgot: The Four Feathers... It's got it's flaws, but I enjoyed it nonethelesss..

    I saw Lawrance of Arabia recently and LOVED it.. a true masterpiece, along with Bridge on the River Kwai(something like that) and Doctor zhigavo(yeah im bad with remembering spelling ;) )

    I'll definately look into "The Red Violin," thanks!
     
  7. MacFan26 macrumors 65816

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    I'll throw in another thumbs up for The Red Violin. I love that movie too. I'd really love The Last Samurai and Gladiator. Of course, they're sort of "hollywood" movies, but I think they're great for the most part. Oh, and speaking of Red Violin, Amadeus! That is the greatest film!
     
  8. Doctor Q Administrator

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    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060782/ :)

    OK, sorry.

    Serious suggestions, all of them Oscar nominees or winners, all pre-20th century, all historical:

    Anne of the Thousand Days
    Becket
    Cleopatra
    Disraeli
    Julius Caesar
    The King and I
    The Last Emperor
    The Lion in Winter

    Fictional but historical:
    Dances with Wolves
    Gladiator
    Gone With the Wind
    The Patriot

    20th century but a masterpiece: Inherit the Wind
     
  9. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Ones not mentioned so far that feature on my list:

    - Life of Brian (made some theologically interesting observations)
    - Ridicule (more of a costume drama, but certainly worth of mention)
    - Madness of King George (Nigel Hawthorne's performance is remarkable)
    - Jean de Florette (sumptuous movie, but it's more rural than historical)
    - Hamlet (the Branagh version, for sticking to the text)
     
  10. brap macrumors 68000

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    Absolutely.

    I'd like to add Dr. Strangelove to the list, my favourite movie of all time by a long way.
     
  11. mcadam macrumors 6502a

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    "the Draughtmans Contract" by peter greenaway.
    Slightly bizarre, quite unsettling and completely fictional, but it does offer an interesting view into england an. 1694.

    "Queen Margot", a french one, set in the 1570'ies ... passion, action, massacres, love....it's nice.


    And then, maybe this link could be usefull ;)

    http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=24:D|||685

    oh f... , there is really a colon and then a D in the link, what to do :confused:
     
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    'Queen Margot' is also known as 'La Reine Margot' – it really is a good film, so much intrigue. I wasn't aware of the massive catholic protestant clashes in French history until I saw this.
     
  13. Coolvirus007 macrumors regular

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    Best three history related movies are:

    Aprocalypse Now
    Shindler's List
    Saving Private Ryan
     
  14. question fear macrumors 68020

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    if you like extravagance and aristocracy, try les liasons dangeroux.
    far better than cruel intentions.
     
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    "The Right Stuff"
    "Ran" Akira Kurosawa
    "Glory"
    "Ride with the Devil"
     
  16. mcadam macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, "ran" is cool but "seven samurais" is better :p there's even a western remake of it, but don't remember the name!
     
  17. mcadam macrumors 6502a

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    yeah, "ran" is cool but "seven samurais" is better :p there's even a western remake of it, but don't remember the name! I guess other Kurosawa movies could be relevant to...!?

    ooops, remove this, or even better the first one!
     
  18. mactastic macrumors 68040

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    Well if it's history you want, perhaps you should watch (if you haven't seen already) Mel Brooks' History of the World, Part I. :D
     
  19. leftbanke7 macrumors 6502a

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    I think the remake was A Fist Full Of Dollars. It was briefly mentioned in my History Of Film course but I was trying to stay awake and I could be completely wrong. I'm such a horrible Film Major *wink*

    On the topic of Kurosawa, Yojimbo was a highly entertaining movie to watch. Ikiru is a pretty good one as well, however not a Samurai flick, but it does give a pretty interesting look into Japan after WWII and the US reconstruction.

    On the topic of Historical flicks, Bergman's Seventh Seal is a great film on the effects of the Plague and the Crusades on Europe.
     
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    Check the "Disable smilies in text" checkbox in the post composition window. Then your colon D will be fine.

    :D

    Your link: http://www.allmovie.com/cg/avg.dll?p=avg&sql=24:D|||685
     
  21. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    theres always Gulliver's Travels as well as Jane Eyre and Emma, all of which are novels that were made into movies...
     
  22. JesseJames macrumors 6502a

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    Also, what about "Immortal Beloved"? It's about Beethoven's love affairs. I haven't seen it but I plan on renting it.

    Also, "Rob Roy". I thought this one with Liam Neeson was much better than Braveheart historically speaking. That film being a little bit too fairy tale-ish in my opinion.
     
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    The Seven Samurai became The Magnificent Seven.
     
  24. Savage Henry macrumors 65816

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    Man! How on Earth did I forget that one??? :eek:

    An excellent film Mr Leftbanke7 and it has warmed me so much inside just to read someone recommending it. My lady loves it so, everyone else, seek it before the others!!
     

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