HISTORICAL DRAMAS

The art and magic of stories began in the caves where our ancestors took refuge from an unforgiving and often cruel world. This primitive therapy has come to us in the forms of books and films to admonish, counsel, inspire,alert and make us feel together in the fragility and beauty of our humanity. Here are some of the ones I treasure:

  • The Killing Fields (1982). Sam Waterston
  • The Crucible (1996). Daniel Day Lewis
  • Into the Wild (2007). Emile Hirsch
  • John Q (2002). Denzel Washington
  • Cast Away (2000). Tom Hanks
  • Splendor in the Grass (1961). Warren Beatty
  • Hotel Rwanda (2004). Don Cheadle
  • Elmer Gantry (1960). Burt Lancaster
  • The Count of Monte Cristo (1975). Richard Chamberlain
  • Voyage of the Damned (1976). Faye Dunaway
  • Come See the Paradise (1990). Dennis Quaid
  • My Name is Bill W. (1989). James Woods
  • Black Orpheus (1959). Breno Mello
  • Shine (1996). Geoffrey Rush
  • Forrest Gump (1994). Tom Hanks
  • On Golden Pond (1981). Henry Fonda
  • Eye in the Sky (2015). Helen Mirren
  • Denial (2016). Rachel Weisz
  • Woman in Gold (2015). Helen Mirren
  • The Insider (1999). Al Pacino
  • Tikkun (2015). Aharon Traitel
  • Colonia (2015). Emma Watson
  • The Founder (2016). Michael Keaton
  • Detroit (2017). John Boyega
  • Pele: Birth of A Legend (2016). Vincent D’Onofrio
  • Seabuiscuit (2003). Jeff Bridges
  • Spotlight (2015). Mark Ruffalo
  • Chaplin (1992). Robert Downey Jr.
  • Inherit the Wind (1988). Kirk Douglas
  • The Vikings (1958). Kirk Douglas
  • Men of Honor (2000). Robert De Niro
  • The Mission (1986). Robert De Niro
  • You Don’t Know Jack (2010). Al Pacino
  • Doctor Shivago (1965). Omar Sharif
  • The Name of the Rose (1986). Sean Connery
  • Wolf Totem (2015). Shaofeng Feng
  • Sully (2016). Tom Hanks
  • Heaven and Earth (1993). Tommy Lee Jones
  • The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (2007).Mathieu Amalric
  • Why Do Fools Fall in Love (1998). Halle Berry
  • The Diary of Anne Frank (1959). Millie Perkins
  • Schindler’s List (1993). Liam Neeson
  • Sword of Gideon (1986). Steven Bauer
  • Glory (1989). Matthew Broderick
  • The Burning Season (1994). Raul Julia
  • Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999). Halle Berry
  • Serpico (1973). Al Pacino
  • The King’s Speech (2010). Colin Firth
  • Enemy at the Gates (2001). Jude Law
  • Hiroshima: Out of the Ashes (1990). Max Von Sydow
  • A Cry in the Dark (1988). Meryl Streep
  • Escape from Alcatraz (1979). Clint Eastwood
  • Amadeus (1984). Tom Hulce
  • Lee Daniel’s The Butler (2013). Forest Whitaker
  • Far and Away (1992). Tom Cruise
  • A Dry White Season (1989). Donald Sutherland
  • The Impossible (2012). Ewan McGregor
  • Rapa Nui (1994). Jason Scott Lee
  • Apocalypto (2006). Rudy Youngblood
  • The Last Emperor (1987). Peter O’Toole
  • Troy (2004). Brad Pitt
  • Samurai I, II, III (1954, 1955, 1956). Toshiro Mifune
  • A Whale for the Killing (1981). Peter Strauss
  • The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999). Matt Damon
  • Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2011). Tom Hanks
  • School Ties (1992). Brendan Fraser
  • We Bought a Zoo (2011). Matt Damon
  • Clean and Sober (1988). Michael Keaton
  • Lean on Me (1989). Morgan Freeman
  • U-Turn (1997). Sean Penn
  • A Family Thing (1996). Robert Duvall
  • The Great White Hope (1970). James Earl Jones
  • Days of Thunder (1990). Tom Cruise
  • The Sea Inside (2004). Javier Bardem
  • All is Lost (2013). Robert Redford
  • Mommie Dearest (1981). Faye Dunaway
  • Frida (2002). Salma Hayek
  • Girl, Interrupted (1999). Angelina Jolie
  • Frances (1982). Jessica Lange
  • Still Alice (2014). Julianne Moore
  • Erin Brockovich (2000). Julia Roberts
  • When a Man Loves a Woman (1994).Meg Ryan
  • The Inmortal Life of Henrietta Lacks (2017). Oprah Winfrey
  • Heavenly Creatures (1994) Kate Winslet
  • Boys Don’t Cry (1999). Hillary Swank
  • 55 Steps (2017). Helena Boham Carter
  • The Miracle Worker (1962). Anne Bancroft
  • North Country (2005). Charlize Theron
  • Last King of Scotland (2006). Forest Whitaker
  • Prozac Nation (2001). Cristina Ricci
  • G.I. Jane (1997). Demi Moore
  • Mr. and Mrs. Loving (1996). Timothy Buttoms
  • The Bear (1988). Tcheky Karyo
  • The Star Maker (1995). Sergio Castellito
  • Changeling (2008). Angelina Jolie
  • The Way we Were (1973). Barbra Streisand
  • The Firm (1993). Tom Cruise
  • The Color Purple (1985). Whoppi Goldberg
  • The Man Without a Face (1993). Mel Gibson
  • Lillies of the Field (1963). Sidney Poitier
  • Flawless (1999). Robert De Niro
  • Wakefield (2016). Bryan Cranston
  • Joy (2015). Jennifer Lawrence
  • Awakenings (1990). Robert De Niro
  • And Justice for All (1979). Al Pacino
  • Blue Chips (1994). Nick Nolte
  • 99 Homes (2014). Andrew Garfield
  • The Great Debaters (2007). Denzel Washington
  • The Hate U Give (2018). Amandla Stenberg
  • Beautiful Boy (2018). Steve Carrell
  • Rosewood (1997).Ving Rhames
  • 42 (2013). Chadwick Boseman
  • The Miseducation of Cameron Post (2018 ). Chloe Grace Moretz
  • Icebox (2018). Anthony Gonzalez
  • Last Flag Flying (2018). Steve Carell
  • No Place Like Home (1989). Jeff Daniels
  • Summer of42 (1971). Jenifer O’Neill
  • A Bronx Tale (1993). Robert De Niro
  • Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story (1993). Jason Scott Lee
  • The Walk (2015). Joseph GordonLevitt
  • Cleopatra (1999). Leonor Varela