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Topic: Best/favorite historical movies
Posted By: Afsar Beghi
Subject: Best/favorite historical movies
Date Posted: 21-Jul-2006 at 15:36
As a fan of world history I also like to watch historical movies.
Post your favorite ones here. One of my favorites (not very much comes up in my mind) is of course Braveheart ,Dances with wolves and Geronimo.
I hope I will see some movies I didnt know so I can watch themWink


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Posted By: Ildico
Date Posted: 22-Jul-2006 at 23:31
I enjoy Attila, it's not very historically accurate but it's entertaining to watch.

I've been wanting to watch Braveheart for a long time but I don't know what it's about, and I don't have the time to now.

I'll have to think of more historical movies....

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 23-Jul-2006 at 04:13
As an artistic drama the new Rome is the best I have seen for a while.


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Posted By: Aelfgifu
Date Posted: 23-Jul-2006 at 05:54
Rome was lots of fun as entertainment, but historically not much better than average....

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Posted By: Guests
Date Posted: 23-Jul-2006 at 06:01
Well depends on what ones means by historically correct. Some of the chracters (Atia, Octavia) are treated unfairly (though Atia is a lot like what hee grand daughter turned out to be), but for the kind of society, political issues and the ordinary lives of Romans in that sre are concerned, it was unmatched.
Remeber, these are art, not documentries. I love Shakesperae's Macbeth though it is hardly an example of historical correctness.


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Posted By: Kalevipoeg
Date Posted: 23-Jul-2006 at 07:28
I remember i hated Attila. What is it with all the bright colors, it seemed as fake as the Romans in Xena and Hercules the series.

Also the amount of soldiers on the battle field lacked tremendously. Did Attila really conquer half of Europe with only a hundred horseback riders?Smile





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Posted By: Byzantine Emperor
Date Posted: 09-Aug-2006 at 23:33
Originally posted by Ildico

I enjoy Attila, it's not very historically accurate but it's entertaining to watch.
 
Attila was okay.  It was interesting seeing Tim Curry playing the Byzantine emperor Theodosius II!  Overall it suffered the fate of most TV-made epics: it just did not look dirty or grimy enough for late antiquity-early middle ages.  Also, I remember thinking that the Roman legions looked very thin in numbers.  Maybe this was because of the budget?  LOL
 
By far one of the worst (if not the worst) historical epics is Druids, starring Christopher Lambert of Highlander fame.  This film was laughable on SO many levels.
 
Some of my favorites (in no real order):
 
1. Gladiator
2. Braveheart
3. Kingdom of Heaven
4. Thirteenth Warrior
5. Ben-Hur
6. The Robe
7. The Last Samurai
8. Last of the Mohicans
9. The Man Who Would Be King
10. Gallipoli
11. The Longest Day
12. Where Eagles Dare
13. Zulu
14. Saving Private Ryan
15. The Three Musketeers (70's version)
16. Black Hawk Down
17. The Overlord
18. The Alamo (John Wayne version)
19. Amadeus
20. Jeremiah Johnson
21. The Patriot
22. Empire of the Sun
 


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http://www.allempires.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=12713 - Late Byzantine Military
http://www.allempires.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=17337 - Ottoman perceptions of the Americas


Posted By: Red Russian
Date Posted: 09-Aug-2006 at 23:39
Gladiator was really good, so was Black Hawk Down!

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Posted By: Burdokva
Date Posted: 15-Aug-2006 at 08:07
In no order, Gladiator, Vreme Razdelno, The Beast of War, Platoon. Some others, but I can't really remember their names right now...
Oh, does Forrest Gump count as "historical"? :D

If we don't count historical accuracy:
Khan Asparuh- great movie for the casual viewer. 60 000 troops in a battle. Real soldiers!

Kingdom of Heaven- liked it for the most part, but the "bombardment" of Jerusalem at the end of the movie was...ridiculous.
Alexander wasn't all that bad, actually.
Ivailo- can't actually say how accurate the movie is, but it's nice to watch. Again, massive battles!

There are some nice old Soviet war movies. I've also heard about a recent european co-production movie The Profession of Arms, but still haven't watched it.

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Posted By: Emperor Barbarossa
Date Posted: 15-Aug-2006 at 08:35
Alexander wasn't all that bad, actually.

Yes, historically it had a few errors, but compared to most movies, it was very good. They may have skipped over some important parts(Alexander's first battle), and exaggerated a bit(Alexander never got stabbed by King Porus), but a heck of a lot better than the Patriot or Braveheart.


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Posted By: Raider
Date Posted: 15-Aug-2006 at 09:07
The Eclipse of the Crescent Moon
A Hungarian movie (1968) based on the novel of Géza Gárdonyi.
 
I like Alexander and Kingdom of Heaven. I was always fascinated by knights and Alexander the Great.
 
 


Posted By: Reginmund
Date Posted: 15-Aug-2006 at 14:42
If the people behind Troy could make a similar movie about the fall of Constantinople, that'd be my favourite.


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Posted By: Byzantine Emperor
Date Posted: 16-Aug-2006 at 01:23
Originally posted by Reginmund

If the people behind Troy could make a similar movie about the fall of Constantinople, that'd be my favourite.
 
I cannot believe that a historical epic has not been made about the fall of Constantinople in 1453!  It has all the elements for a great movie - tons of action, drama, awe-inspiring settings.  I don't know who I would trust with the researching and directing of such a film.  Perhaps Ridley Scott, although he tends to inject modernism into the past quite a lot.
 


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http://www.allempires.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=12713 - Late Byzantine Military
http://www.allempires.net/forum_posts.asp?TID=17337 - Ottoman perceptions of the Americas


Posted By: NikeBG
Date Posted: 16-Aug-2006 at 02:54
Ah, in Balkan and East European history there are so many and so good options for making a nice or even great epic movie, but Hollywood just doesn't seem to care! I guess it's up to us to make them (and in Bulgaria we stopped making history movies)...

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Posted By: Burdokva
Date Posted: 16-Aug-2006 at 06:01
One thing I'm really sad about is that our movie industry never made a film about the fall of Turnovo in 1393. It was at least as dramatic as that of Constantinopole, with a handfull of defenders led by the patriarch and monks in the city against an overwhelming army. In the end most historians belive the city fell because of betrayal, after a 3 months siege with consant assaults...
The Battle of Acheloi on a grand scale would be awsome! ;)

A movie about the Baltic crusades would also be great, and the russian battles against the mongols. Though this topics (as well as the Balkans) seem to be "obscure" in Hollywood... a shame, really.


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Posted By: NikeBG
Date Posted: 16-Aug-2006 at 06:20
Oh, yes, I often dream of making a movie about the Battle of Anchialus (Aheloy) or even more about my favourite Tervel! Wink

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Posted By: Alparslan1071
Date Posted: 16-Aug-2006 at 08:19
Have you ever seen Турски гамбит "TURKISH GAMBIT"? it is very good film
about our history.
 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374298/ - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0374298/


Posted By: QueenCleopatra
Date Posted: 25-Sep-2006 at 10:41
Gladiator
Troy
Cleopatra
Michael Collins
The Wind that shakes the Barley
Pride and Prejudace
Sense and Sensibility
Memoirs of a Geisha
 
Also the TV series Band of Brothers based on the Paratroopers of Easy Company in WW2 was fantastic! I actually bought the box set which is something I rarely do.


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Posted By: JanusRook
Date Posted: 25-Sep-2006 at 11:29
Gettysburg and God's and Generals. Two of the few movies I can watch over and over.

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Posted By: QueenCleopatra
Date Posted: 27-Sep-2006 at 10:31
I recently watched Thirteen Days about the Cuban Missile Crisis and think its one of the best historical films I seen yet. Its a great history lesson for those who don't know what happened and a great reminde for those who do.
 
Has anyone watched it?
 
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146309/ - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0146309/
 
 
 
Bruce Greenwood as JFK and Steven Clup as RFK in Thirteen Days


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Posted By: Desimir
Date Posted: 27-Sep-2006 at 12:28
Definitely the western movie companies are not interested in a midievel history of eastern europe.There can be made a great movies based on a great events.The sad thing is that most of eastern countries are not able to made such a movies with enormous budgets.

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Posted By: Romantic Envy
Date Posted: 09-May-2007 at 21:53
My favorite historical-based movies are:
 
Kingdom of Heaven: Director's Cut
Gladiator
The Last Samurai
Quills
Three Outlaw Samurai
Gone with the Wind
Cleopatra (the version starring Elizabeth Taylor)
300 It's my guilty pleasure, darn it!
King Arthur
 
A good film that I've come across in the last few months has been The Egyptian.  It tells of a man who became the royal physician to Pharaoh Akhenaten.
 
At any rate the thing with movies is that they are fiction, not factual treatises.  The most movies can do is to pique your interest in history and you can decide for yourself whether you want to discover the real story behind them.


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Posted By: Athanasios
Date Posted: 10-May-2007 at 09:26
Alexander Nevsky was a nice effort. It would be also nice to watch a movie about general's Belisarius campaigns , the Macedonian dynasty or the years between 1071-1081.

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Posted By: olvios
Date Posted: 10-May-2007 at 09:51
300 1962
The old spartacus movie
Flesh and blood by verhofen (as a generic medieval like historical film)
not many more
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Posted By: Beefheart
Date Posted: 01-Aug-2011 at 00:00
Top Ten Favorite Historical War Movies

All Quiet On The Western Front (1930)
The Bridge On The River Kwai (1957)
The Great Escape (1962)
Lawrence Of Arabia (1962)
The Battle Of Algiers (1966)
Das Boot (1981)
The Killing Fields (1984)
The Last Of The Mohicans (1992)
Gettysburg (1993)
Black Hawk Down (2001)
 
 


Posted By: opuslola
Date Posted: 01-Aug-2011 at 14:30
Beefheart, you made some really good choices above.

I might well add "Run Silent, Run Deep", "The Enemy Below", as well as "The Boys from Company 'C'."

Regards,

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Posted By: Beefheart
Date Posted: 01-Aug-2011 at 17:25
Originally posted by opuslola

Beefheart, you made some really good choices above.

I might well add "Run Silent, Run Deep", "The Enemy Below", as well as "The Boys from Company 'C'."

Regards,


Great choices. I'll like to add They Were Expendable (1945),  12 O'Clock High (1949), The Longest Day (1962), Zulu (1964), Zulu Dawn (1979), The Big Red One (1980), Hamburger Hill (1987), and 84Charlie MoPic (1989).


Posted By: opuslola
Date Posted: 01-Aug-2011 at 17:46
Nice choices! I would agree!

Regards,

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Posted By: Mosquito
Date Posted: 01-Aug-2011 at 21:58
I would add "A bridge to far" which is imho the best ww2 war movie.

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Posted By: red clay
Date Posted: 02-Aug-2011 at 11:01
Good list.  I would add-
 
A Walk in the Sun, and Battleground.


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Posted By: jaehyunsz
Date Posted: 19-Jun-2018 at 04:05
Troy is my favorite historical movie and i have watched it many times particularly for the war scenes.



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