This time we decided to collect for you distinguished works of different years (from the 50s to our time) and form a small top historical film. The paintings of world famous directors are presented. Without being documentary and remaining simple to perceive, they invariably carry a powerful energy charge.
When compiling the rating, we relied on the opinions of ordinary viewers and reviews of critics. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with all the 10 historical films presented in the top 10 not only to lovers of historical cinema, but also to all people who are not indifferent to cinema.
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10th place - Spartacus / Spartacus (1960)
Director: Stanley Kubrick.
Cast: Kirk Douglas, Lawrence Olivier, Gene Simmons, Charles Lawton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch.
One of the early works of Stanley Kubrick, who does not need a recommendation, whose script is based on the novel of the same name by Howard Fast. The film received four Oscars and a Golden Globe. This is the first high-budget film of a still young director, which made him famous and made possible the subsequent work. It is recommended to watch the full version, which came out thirty years later after the official release - in the early 90s.
The classic plot is played out: Spartak is a famous gladiator endowed not only with physical strength, but also with a rebellious spirit and desire for freedom. Once - as a gift - they bring him a slave Varin, who will satisfy his sexual desires. However, contrary to the expectations of the hosts, Spartak not only does not rape the girl, but falls in love with her. Subsequently, the consul is sold to Varia, which becomes the last straw: the gladiator, thirsty for justice, leads the uprising.
9th place - Cleopatra / Cleopatra (1963)
Director: Joseph Leo Mankevich.
Cast: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronin, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haig.
In 1963, the famous film directed by Joseph Mankevich "Cleopatra" was released, which immediately won the love of ordinary viewers and the positive ratings of critics. The main roles are played by Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton - the famous American duet. The main theme is the events of 48-30 years BC The script is based on a detailed demonstration of the complex relationship between Julius Caesar and Marc Anthony.
In reviews, symbolist motifs, excellent musical accompaniment and an extremely vivid image of Cleopatra are invariably noted. A distinctive feature of the picture is an unusual construction. The first part is made in strict historical style, the second - in melodramatic. The creators managed to simultaneously convey the atmosphere of the era and the intimate experiences of the characters.
8th place - War and Peace (1965)
Director: Sergey Bondarchuk.
Cast: Sergey Bondarchuk, Lyudmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov. Oleg Tabakov, Boris Zahava
Anatoly Ktorov, Anastasia Vertinskaya, Antonina Shuranova, Victor Stanitsyn.
The attitude to the writer Leo Tolstoy is different for everyone. Many complain about the excessive length and excessive volume of the most famous work included in the school curriculum of literature. However, Sergei Bondarchuk was able to correctly use the literary material serving as the base: there is evidence of compliance with the canon and the dynamism of the narrative. "War and Peace" - the most expensive Soviet film, which is an epic in four parts.
The main roles were played by the stars of Soviet cinema: Andrei Bolkonsky - Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Natasha Rostov - Lyudmila Savelyeva, Pierre Bezukhova - the director himself. Filming lasted 6 years, a tremendous work was done. It is not without reason that cinema is considered classic not only in Russia, but throughout the world: it invariably falls into almost all the tops of the best historical films.
7th place - The Patriot / The Patriot (2000)
Director: Roland Emmerich.
Cast: Mel Gibson, Heath Ledger, Joely Richardson, Jason Isaacs, Chris Cooper, Cheki Cario, Rene Oberjonois.
One of the most interesting eras in the history of the United States of America is their origin in the second half of the 18th century. In the center of the story of the film "Patriot" Benjamin Martin, played by Mel Gibson. With a bit of regret, recalling his participation in past wars, he refuses to participate in the revolution. However, his eldest son is enlisted in the army and soon dies, and the protagonist’s house is set on fire. Then Benjamin breaks with indifference and creates a partisan detachment, waging a fierce war with the English army. It is worth noting that the son of the protagonist is played by Heath Ledger. This was one of his main roles, which brought the actor world fame.
6th place - The King's Speech! / The King's Speech (2010)
Director: Tom Hooper.
Cast: Colin Firth, Jeffrey Rush, Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce, Timothy Spall, Anthony Andrews, Michael Gambon, Claire Bloom.
The plot of the film is based on the real story of a duke preparing to take the throne after King George V. The news of the need to be king takes him by surprise: at the last moment, his brother unexpectedly abandons the throne, as a result of which the protagonist has no choice.
Events take place in the 1925th year, when the country is in a rather difficult situation - on the verge of war, which is why it needs a really strong leader. The exhausted Duke Bertie is trying to find the strength in himself to correspond to the ideas of a strong king. As a result, he still manages to overcome congenital shyness. The main role is played by the wonderful actor Colin Firth, who brilliantly played a complex and multifaceted character.
5th place - Braveheart / Braveheart (1995)
Director: Mel Gibson.
Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGuen, Angus McFadyen, Brendan Gleason, Catherine McCormack, Brian Cox, Gerard McSorley.
The film takes place in the 13th century. The main theme is the struggle of Scotland for independence: the infringed people raise their heads and begin to resist English rule. The main role remained with Mel Gibson, who plays the Scottish hero William Wallace. His fate is tragic: at an early age he loses his father, but thanks to the help of his uncle, he is brought up in Europe. In adulthood, he returns to Scotland with the intention of creating a family and living peacefully, but fate decides otherwise: the young wife is killed. As a result, the protagonist, keenly feeling the injustice of the world around him, begins the struggle for freedom and soon becomes the leader of the uprising.
4th place - Troy / Troy (2004)
Director: Wolfgang Petersen.
Cast: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Brian Cox, Diane Krueger, Brendan Gleason, Sean Bean, Julie Christie.
The film "Troy" has a literary basis: it is based on Homer's poem "The Iliad." The basis of the event line is a sudden outbreak of passion between Paris, the heir to Troy, and the mistress of Sparta Elena. Having stolen beloved Paris inflicts an insult to her lawful husband, which can be washed away exclusively with blood.
All Greek nations rally in order to return Helen, and goes on a campaign against Troy. However, the city is well protected: you can’t take it by storm. Only one warrior can help take the fortress by storm - Achilles, characterized by cunning, dexterity and almost complete invulnerability. The picture is notable for a large number of battle scenes, a quick and vivid narration, amazing acting.
3rd place - Schindler's List (1993)
Director: Steven Spielberg.
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Ambet Davidz, Jonathan Segal, Malgos Gebel, Shmuel Levy.
Schindler's List is a movie with a humanistic meaning that falls into almost all the tops of historical films. In this film, director Steven Spielberg ventured to touch on the heavy topic of the Holocaust. The literary basis is the famous Thomas Kenilli novel in the West. The story is based on the successful manufacturer Oscar Schindler, who, as a member of the Nazi party, managed to save more than a thousand Jews from the Nazi Party during World War II.
The film begins in 1939 in Poland. Then the order of the Nazi command comes out, according to which all Jews must go through the registration procedure, and then move to a ghetto specially designated for them. Oscar Schindler organizes a factory for the manufacture of enameled products, where he recruits representatives of the affected people.
2 place - Ben-Hur / Ben-Hur (1959)
Director: William Wyler.
Cast: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Hararit, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Katie O'Donnell.
“Ben-Hur” is the peplum of the American classic William Wyler, which is based on the novel of the same name by Lew Wallace. This picture was the first in the history of cinema to have won more than eleven Oscars because of the large number of its artistic merits.
Events unfold in the year 26 AD. For the first time in many years, two friends come to the conclusion that they can no longer maintain a close relationship. Having decided to remain familiar, they do not even suspect what fate has prepared for them. Soon they become involved in a huge number of events.
1st place - Gladiator / Gladiator (2000)
Director: Ridley Scott.
Cast: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen, Oliver Reed, Richard Harris, Derek Jacobi, Jimon Honsu, David Scofield.
At the very end of the 20th century, director Ridley Scott makes one of the best films of the past century, which closes our top historical films. The film received five Oscars.
The storyline is based on a detailed description of the fate of the Roman commander Maximus. Delighted with his personal qualities, the emperor of Rome before his death leaves him the throne, which fundamentally diverges from the desires of the official heir of Commodus. In a fit of rage, Komod raises his hand to his father, after which he condemns Maximus to death, but the main character manages to escape from the executioners. Not having time to help his wife and son, he harbors the idea of restoring justice and revenge. Once in the place of a Roman gladiator, the former commander boldly goes to his goal, intending to become a champion.