Today's Monday Movie Meme from the Bumbles is all about the historical film. You know, the ones where you actually learn something useful, not just how good a bare chest looks when it has been worked out effusively, or what it might be like if California slides off into the ocean. Here are some of my personal favorites, excluding the ones that I've beaten to death over the past year:
Gladiator - even if you haven't seen the film, the title sorta speaks for itself. Although it is brutal, we do very much enjoy Mr. Crowe in this 5-time Oscar winner.
Gone With the Wind - the Civil War told from the street level. Plus some romance, narcissism and greed thrown in for sport. This is one that even the kids like!
Downfall - a depiction of Hitler's last weeks before his death, from the perspective of one of his secretaries who was still alive when the movie was shot. A date movie this is not, but is truly one of the most amazing films made on this topic.
Blood Diamond - gut-wrenching story about the diamonds mined and sold to finance the brutal Sierre Leone Civil War in Africa. I guess I've always thought of Leonardo DiCaprio as a twerp, but loved him in this flick.
The Killing Fields - I've never been able to get the pictures out of my mind after seeing this film...journalists attempting to capture the civil war in Cambodia, and the true story of friendship and the will to live. This isn't one I can watch often, but is powerful.
United 93 - devastating as it was to watch, I was compelled to watch multiple times. From the well-recognized director Paul Greengrass, we relive the last minutes of the heroes of the infamous flight that crashed on 9/11 in a Pennsylvania pasture.
Jesus of Nazareth - I'm sure there have been hundreds of films made about Jesus and his life, but we enjoy this one the most. It was made for TV in 1977, and takes a bit of time to watch, but prepared to be inspired by this star-studded tribute to Him.
I realize I've left off hundreds of incredible historical films, but there you go. I mean, seriously, isn't like 80% of movies based on something historical? Anyway, I listed the ones that came to my mind first. What are some of yours?