Films in Focus: Historical Movies

Historical Films: Since Daylight Savings Time was on Sunday, and we fell back in time, here are some movies that are based on historical happenings from the past.

Amistad (1997)

In 1839, the revolt of Mende captives aboard a Spanish owned ship causes a major controversy in the United States when the ship is captured off the coast of Long Island. The courts must decide whether the Mende are slaves or legally free. (DVD AMISTAD)

 

Gladiator (2000)

A former Roman General sets out to exact vengeance against the corrupt emperor who murdered his family and sent him into slavery. (DVD GLADIATOR)

 

Jackie (2016)

Following the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy fights through grief and trauma to regain her faith, console her children, and define her husband’s historic legacy. (DVD JACKIE)

 

Kingdom of Heaven (2005)

Balian of Ibelin travels to Jerusalem during the Crusades of the 12th century, and there he finds himself as the defender of the city and its people. (DVD KINGDOM)

 

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Three trappers protect the daughters of a British Colonel in the midst of the French and Indian War. (DVD LAST OF THE MOHICANS)

 

Letters from Iwo Jima (2006)

The story of the battle of Iwo Jima between the United States and Imperial Japan during World War II, as told from the perspective of the Japanese who fought it. (DVD LETTERS)

 

Milk (2008)

The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official. (DVD MILK)

 

Munich (2005)

Based on the true story of the Black September aftermath, about the five men chosen to eliminate the ones responsible for that fateful day. (DVD MUNICH)

 

12 Years a Slave (2013)

In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (DVD TWELVE)

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