Panned by most critics on its release Olivier Stones "Alexander" based on the life of the great Macedonian King still has a lot in it to make it worth a look. Such as some great battle scenes and a risky exploration of Alexander's homosexual relationships.
(2004) Starring:Val Kilmer, Anthony Hopkins, Jared Leto Director:Oliver Stone Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
The true story of one of history's most luminous and influential leaders, Alexander the Great--a man who had conquered 90% of the known world by the age of twenty-seven. Alexander led his virtually invincible Greek and Macedonian armies through 22,000 miles of sieges and conquests in just eight ..read more »
Terrible inaccurate and boardering on being racist towards the English at times. Set in Scotland about 30 years before the hundred years war "Braveheart" is still a great piece of entertainment and will have you shouting "FFFFRRREEEEEDDDDDOOOOMMMM!" by the credits.
(1995) Starring:Patrick McGoohan, Catherine McCormack, Sophie Marceau Director:Mel Gibson Certificate:
In the late 13th century, William Wallace returns to Scotland after living away from his homeland for many years. The king of Scotland has died without an heir and the king of England, a ruthless pagan known as Edward the Longshanks, has seized the throne. Wallace becomes the leader of a ramshackle ..read more »
Peter O'Toole unites the Arabs to fight the Turks during world war one. Now stop reading this and rent this classic.
Lawrence Of Arabia
(1962) Starring:, , Director:David Lean Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
This sweeping, highly literate historical epic covers the Allies' mideastern campaign during World War I as seen through the eyes of the enigmatic T. E. Lawrence (Peter O'Toole, in the role that made him a star). After a prologue showing us Lawrence's ultimate fate, we flash back to Cairo in 1917. ..read more »
Some scenes (such as the training) may look dated now but this is a movie with a message as strong today as it was back in the 30's and remains one of the most powerful anti-war films you will ever see.
All Quiet On The Western Front
(1930) Starring:Louis Wolheim, John Wray, Lew Ayres Director:Lewis Milestone Certificate:
One of the most powerful anti-war statements ever put on film, this gut-wrenching story concerns a group of friends who join the Army during World War I and are assigned to the Western Front, where their fiery patriotism is quickly turned to horror and misery by the harsh realities of combat. ..read more »
Romantic epic with the Russian Revolution as it's backdrop. A truely beautiful film with some wonderful performances.
(1965) Starring:Geraldine Chaplin, Omar Sharif, Tom Courtenay Director:David Lean Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Based on the Nobel Prize-winning novel by Boris Pasternak, Doctor Zhivago covers the years prior to, during, and after the Russian Revolution, as seen through the eyes of poet/physician Yuri Zhivago (Omar Sharif). In the tradition of Russian novels, a multitude of characters and subplots intertwine ..read more »
Got 11 Oscars and deserved and unlike Titanic (1997) deserved every one of them. Forget the Christian theme to it this is a film that people of all religions can enjoy. Worth it just to see the famous chariot race. Charlton Heston's best film by a country mile.
(1959) Starring:Martha Scott, Andre Morell, Jack Hawkins Director:William Wyler Certificate:
This 1959 version of Lew Wallace's best-selling novel, which had already seen screen versions in 1907 and 1926, went on to win 11 Academy Awards. Adapted by Karl Tunberg and a raft of uncredited writers including Gore Vidal and Maxwell Anderson, the film once more recounts the tale of Jewish prince ..read more »
See Hitler in his last day as he blames everyone but himself for losing the war. One of the best subtitled movies your likely to see.
(2004) Starring:Heino Ferch, Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes Director:Oliver Hirschbiegel Certificate:
In the dead of a November night in 1942, SS officers through the woods escort a group of young women to Wolf's Lair, Hitler's headquarters in Eastern Prussia. They are candidates for the post of personal secretary to the Fuehrer. Among them is 22-year-old Traudl Junge, a fresh-faced girl from ..read more »
Or how the south was lost. Very very long but still a darn good film. Rhett Butler and Scarlett O'Hara are two chrarthers who will stay with you long after the Clarke Gabriel decides that he "doesn't give a damn".
Once more unto the breach dear friends! But make sure its not Olivier's 1944 propaganda film. This is by far the better version in that it doesn't cut the dirty details of war like the 1944 version does.
(1989) Starring:Emma Thompson, Richard Briers, Judi Dench Director:Kenneth Branagh Certificate:
Kenneth Branagh's star-studded version of Shakespeare's play has a more intimate and equivocal approach to war than Laurence Olivier's 1944 classic. The young King (Branagh), his days of carousing behind him, is advised of his legal claim to the throne of France. He decides to invade with his small ..read more »
More a fantasy than history and is all the better for it. THIS IS SPARTA!
(2006) Starring:Gerard Butler, Lena Headey, Andrew Pleavin Director:Zack Snyder Certificate: Watch now: Unavailable
Based on the epic graphic novel by Frank Miller, 300 is a ferocious retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae in which King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) and 300 Spartans fought to the death against Xerxes and his massive Persian army. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire ..read more »