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Sunday, May 16, 2010

♦ Top 10 Historical Movies – part 1 ♦

I love historical movies – they really manage to drag us away to another time and, for the most part, teach us about our ancestors , past life style , All the movies in this list depict accurately the period in which they were set. Every movie on this list is a must-see movie. Some historical movies actually falls more on war genre so I had to include them in My Top 10 war movies list to avoid redundancy , examples for such movies are “Schindlers list”,”Der Undertang”. 

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Comments and your recommendations are warmly welcomed.

10.  The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford (2007)


Folks in the Wild West fashioned a veritable Robin Hood out of the antics of legendary Jesse James (Brad Pitt). By the time he was 34, he’d been robbing stagecoaches and banks for over 15 years. Newspapers and dime-store novels made him famous in his own time and helped put a bounty on his head of $10,000. He became recognized far and wide, especially gaining notoriety in the eyes of Robert Ford (Casey Affleck). Ford tried to ride into James' gang on the coattails of his older brother Charley (Sam Rockwell), already a standing member of the group. He was heckled and abused by the members of the group, leading him to resent James' gang while still desperately wanting to be part of it. In his distress, Ford helps bring down James' gang, and then aims to bring down James himself.

9. Elizabeth (1998)


Elizabeth I (Cate Blanchett) becomes Queen of England amid much turmoil. The previous monarch, Queen Mary, Elizabeth's half-sister, was Catholic. However, Elizabeth is Protestant. This is cause for a great deal of plotting and political intrigue by those who wish England to remain Catholic. There is also controversy due to the fact that Elizabeth is unmarried and therefore, without an heir. Although many noble men vie for Elizabeth's hand, none are men that she could love or trust. Elizabeth does have affection for Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester (Joseph Fiennes), but, unfortunately, he isn't of suitable class for her to marry. The Virgin Queen, as she becomes known, suffers through years of loneliness and unhappiness but becomes one of England's greatest rulers.

8. Gangs of New York (2002)


Leonardo DiCaprio stars in this movie about New York City during the late 1800s when gangs ran the city, from its politicians to its businesses. While much of the film takes place during the American Civil War, its primary focus is the criminals whose main concern was running the city. The movie captures two rival gangs: the newly arrived Irish-Americans and the "native" New Yorkers. The film opens with a bloody fight between the two groups. DiCaprio plays an up-and-coming Irish-American who gets in with the rival gang, headed by Daniel Day-Lewis. He also becomes romantically involved with a young female outlaw played by Cameron Diaz. The film documents this gang life through the eyes of DiCaprio’s character and follows the conflict until, finally, it comes to a head.

7. Glory (1989)


The heart-wrenching story of the 54th Massachusetts Volunteer Regiment during the United States Civil War is depicted in 'Glory'. This unit was organized from all African American volunteers by Robert Gould Shaw (Matthew Broderick) and was also commanded by him. Though the officers of the unit are all white men such as Shaw and Cabot Forbes (Cary Elwes) the rest of the unit are African Americans, many of which are escaped slaves. Some of the men from the unit are Sgt. Major John Rawlins (Morgan Freeman), Private Trip (Denzel Washington), and Corporal Thomas Searles (Andre Braugher). The story of these men as they are transformed into a true unit unified with an intent to fight for what they feel is right is the majority of the story and therein lies their 'Glory', as they prepare to spearhead a major Union attack on Fort Wagner where they incurred heavy losses but received great acclaim for their bravery.

6. The Last Samurai (2003)


"The Last Samurai" stars Tom Cruise who plays an American army officer Nathan Algren. When the movie opens, Algren is living in the United States without purpose or direction. He is hired as a military adviser for Japan to train the Emperor's troops. In combat, he is captured by the opposition, the samurai. Unable to escape, he begins to learn and appreciate the way of the samurai. He becomes friends with his captors, primarily Katsumoto, who is a leader among the samurai. Eventually Algren completely embraces Japanese and samurai culture, so much so that he switches sides and fights for their cause.
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