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Feb 22, 2010 at 4:49pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Ron Howard is no stranger to American history. Having found great success with APOLLO 13 and A BEAUTIFUL MIND, 2005's CINDERELLA MAN disappointed in its profits. So Howard went smaller. He looked to the stage and Peter Morgan's critically acclaimed play "Frost/Nixon."


Feb 22, 2010 at 4:32pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Laura Hillenbrand probably never anticipated her non-fiction horseracing book would become a Best Picture nominee, grossing more than $120 million at the box office. Gary Ross set out to make a period film that would hopefully capture the hearts of movie audiences, just as his equine subject did sixty-five years earlier.

“Black Hawk Down”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:26pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Black Hawk Down
While many history-based films struggle to recreate the past because of the sheer lack of available record, films that focus on more recent history have a distinct advantage. Such is the case with Ridley Scott’s BLACK HAWK DOWN, based largely on Mark Bowden’s book of the same name.

“Motives for the Assassination”

Jan 28, 2011 at 4:18pm | Filed Under “The Conspirator

Motives for the Assassination
The public in 1865 had no trouble comprehending John Wilkes Booth's motive in striking at Lincoln and members of his administration...
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“Apollo 13”

Feb 22, 2010 at 4:25pm | Filed Under “Hollywood History Showdown: Films

Apollo 13
Less than a year after Apollo 11 introduced a world where man had walked on the moon, NASA was far from finished sending its finest back, even if the rest of civilization was losing interest. In 1995, the world took interest again in the space program, thanks to Ron Howard and Brian Grazer's APOLLO 13.


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  • Kressel
    07/17/2014 at 9:59am


    Not quite an American hero, but this sounded interesting:

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • ProudAmerican
    09/15/2013 at 7:18pm


    The options posted on here are amazing. I'd watch them all. Roosevelt's western experience would be most captivating for me (please do not leave out his role in Montana).

    Something else to consider is the story of Henry Plummer and his gang/deputies. From what I've understood the actions of the citizens revolting against the Sheriff, Henry Plummer, and his men where part of what created the vigilante law in the US. This is a little known story even to people in the area, Virginia City, Montana. I'm not sure how I first heard of it but it has mesmerized me ever since.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    06/26/2013 at 9:43am


    Oh, and another suggestion, especially in light of yesterday's Supreme Court decision: a film about Yick Wo v. Hopkins. Hardly anyone knows about it, but it should have set precedent for all ethnic/racial discrimination cases. It was not long after the Civil War, and a Chinese immigrant proved discriminatory practices that prevented him from running a laundry service.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    06/25/2013 at 11:27am


    I'd also like to see something about the New Deal - the story of a real American who was part of the WPA. I think the Library of Congress has a whole slew of interviews from them.

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
  • Kressel
    06/25/2013 at 11:26am


    Now that you've done Confederate woman Mary Surrat, how about two women who spied for the Union: Elizabeth Van Lew and Mary Bowser?

    from The Best American History Movies NEVER Made
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“Historians View the Assassination”

87 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

In April of 1865 most northerners had little trouble discerning who was behind the assassination; they were convinced the Confederate government was involved. More

“Brig. Gen. Joseph Holt - His Role as Chief Prosecutor in the Military Tribunal”

73 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

Joseph Holt, a Kentucky lawyer and staunch Unionist, was confirmed by the Congress as President Lincoln's Judge Advocate General on September 3, 1862. This made Holt the top lawyer in the Army, and the principal legal advisor to Lincoln on all military legal matters. More

“Slavery, race, and the assassination”

56 commentsNov 17, 2009 at 4:00pm

On the evening of April 11, 1865, a large crowd gathered on the south lawn of the White House in Washington to hear President Abraham Lincoln deliver a speech from a second-floor balcony... More

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