Sir Robin of Locksley (Errol Flynn) fends off corrupt lawmen and robs from the wealthy so that his poor Saxon people do not go hungry. With his band of Merry Men, he becomes a force of legend to all but the lovely Maid Marian (Olivia de Havilland) and the evil Sir Guy of Gisbourne (Basil Rathbone), a lackey of the cruel Prince John (Claude Rains). Directed by Michael Curtiz. With Patric Knowles and Eugene Pallette. Categories: Action, Adventure, Romance, History, Classic. Year: 1938.
The Adventures of Robin Hood
After a group of Africans takes control of their slave ship, they are captured in American waters and charged with murder after reaching dry land. In a case that challenges the American legal system, Cinque (Djimon Hounsou), the man that lead the revolt, lawyer Roger Baldwin (Matthew McConaughey), abolitionist Theodore Joadson (Morgan Freeman) and ex-president John Quincy Adams (Anthony Hopkins) argue for the freedom and civil rights of the captive Africans. Directed by Steven Spielberg. With Nigel Hawthorne and Stellan Skarsgård. Categories: Drama, History, Mystery. Year: 1997.
After being largely ignored by the public at launch, Apollo 13 captures the nation's attention when they announce that they have a problem. Stranded in space in a crippled ship, astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton), and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) do their best to make it back to earth in one piece. With help from flight director Gene Kranz (Ed Harris), astronaut Ken Mattingly (Gary Sinise) and the rest of the ground crew in Mission Control, the astronauts must race to improvise a solution before time runs out. Directed by Ron Howard. With Kathleen Quinlan and Clint Howard. Categories: Adventure, Drama, History. Year: 1995.
Documentarian Ken Burns delves into the rich history of America's pastime. Using old-time photos and illustrations depicting the game's early years and newsreels and video clips to highlight more recent developments, Burns shows the impact the sport has had on the nation and how it has changed over the years. Players and participants speak in their own words, and sports writers and broadcasters offer commentary on the sport and events they witnessed. With Bob Costas, Billy Crystal and George Plimpton. Categories: Documentary, History, Sports. Year: 1994.
The great Russian battleship Potemkin is gripped by a mutiny after a rebellious sailor named Grigory Vakulinchuk (Aleksandr Antonov) convinces his mates that the conditions on board are deplorable. Forced to eat rancid meat, the men kill the officers but lose Vakulinchuk in the process. As the survivors rouse the nearby port of Odessa into revolutionary fervor, the confrontation turns into a bloodbath with the arrival of Cossack troops. Directed by Sergei M. Eisenstein. With Vladimir Barsky and Grigori Aleksandrov. Categories: Drama, History, War, Classic, Foreign Film. Year: 1925.
The Battleship Potemkin
When Hutu militias begin to slaughter the Tutsi in Rwanda, Joe Connor (Hugh Dancy) and Father Christopher (John Hurt) welcome the refugees into their school. Under the protection of UN forces, the priest and the teacher do their best to protect the people from the genocide that is sweeping across the country. But, when the protective forces flee, Joe and Father Christopher must decide whether to save themselves or stay to help the people who have nowhere else to go. Directed by Michael Caton-Jones. With Claire-Hope Ashitey. Categories: Drama. Year: 2005.
Beyond the Gates
One of the most popular movies from the silent era, this historical saga shows the origins and effects of the Civil War through the destinies of two families -- the Northern Stonemans and the Southern Camerons. Although it has been credited with securing the future of feature length films as well as solidifying the language of cinema, the film attracted controversy and justified criticism and protests for including a sympathetic depiction of the lynching of a black man by a white mob and attempting to provide historical justification for segregation. Directed by D.W. Griffith. Categories: Drama, History, War, Classic, Silent Film. Year: 1915.
The Birth of a Nation
Based on the real life destruction of two Black Hawk helicopters in Somalia that left over 100 U.S. Rangers stranded in Mogadishu in the middle of an army of opposing gunmen. Facing incredible firepower and scattered throughout the city, the troops must to repel enemy attacks while simultaneously devising a plan for extraction. Directed by Ridley Scott. Starring Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Jason Isaacs, Tom Sizemore, Eric Bana and Sam Shepard. Categories: Action, Drama, History, War. Year: 2001.
Black Hawk Down
During WWII, Bruno (Asa Butterfield), a privileged, 8-year-old German boy, travels with his family from Berlin to Poland when his father (David Thewlis), a high ranking Nazi officer, is given a post at a concentration camp. Isolated and bored, Bruno begins exploring the area surrounding the "farm" behind his new home and eventually meets Schmuel (Jack Scanlon), a Jewish boy living in the camp. Separated by barbed wire, the two boys become friends and eventually come to realize the horrible realities of the war. Directed by Mark Herman. With Vera Farmiga, Amber Beattie, Jim Norton and Rupert Friend. Categories: Drama, Based on a Novel, History. Year: 2008.
The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
In the late 13th century, William Wallace (Mel Gibson) returns to Scotland to find that the king has died without an heir. After the king of England, Edward the Longshanks (Patrick McGoohan), seizes the throne and his wife (Catherine McCormack) is killed, Wallace leads a grassroots army of rebels intent on regaining Scotland's freedom from English tyranny, becoming a hero and a legend. Directed by Mel Gibson. With Brian Cox, Sophie Marceau, Peter Hanly, Angus Macfadyen and Brendan Gleeson. Categories: Action, Biography, Drama, History, History. Year: 1995.
Butch (Paul Newman) and Sundance (Robert Redford) are two bank and train robbers who escape to Bolivia when the Wild West becomes too civilized for their liking. Pursued by a posse willing to follow them over land and sea to bring them to justice, these two gang leaders with a flair for the theatrical aren't about to change their ways anytime soon. Directed by George Roy Hill. With Katharine Ross, Strother Martin. Categories: Cult Classics, Adventure, Crime, Western, History. Year: 1969.
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
This documentary looks at the portrayal of gays throughout movie history. It also looks at how gays relate to their on-screen counterparts. Many actors comment on gay characters they have portrayed in movies, including Tom Hanks, Lily Tomlin and Susan Sarandon. Directed by Jeffrey Friedman. Categories: Documentary, History. Year: 1995.
The Celluloid Closet