Catch up on your history lessons with these excellent biopics and documentaries here at the library! Each movie examines a crucial moment or person in history. For more historical movies, click here!
During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British Prime Minister, Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.
Based on the true story of Solomon Northup. It is 1841, and Northup, an accomplished, free citizen of New York, is kidnapped and sold into slavery. Stripped of his identity and deprived of all dignity, Northup is ultimately purchased by ruthless plantation owner Edwin Epps and must find the strength within to survive. Filled with powerful performances by an astonishing cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, and newcomer Lupita Nyong’o, 12 Years a Slave is both an unflinching account of slavery in American history and a celebration of the indomitable power of hope.
“The King’s Speech” presents a sideways glance at a crucial period in 20th-century history as the monumentally awkward Prince Albert, or Bertie, becomes King George VI unexpectedly in 1936 when his older brother Edward VIII abdicates to marry American divorcée Wallis Simpson.
As the United States raced against Russia to put a man in space, NASA found untapped talent in a group of African-American female mathematicians that served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in U.S. history. Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, and Katherine Johnson crossed all gender, race, and professional lines while their brilliance and desire to dream big, beyond anything ever accomplished before by the human race, firmly cemented them in U.S. history as true American heroes.
Through the lens of auteur Peter Jackson, anything can become magical. Although the First World War took place a century ago, Jackson’s determination has brought it back to life once again. With brilliant cinematic techniques, as well as an appreciation for those who fought these unbelievably difficult battles, Jackson brings this forgotten world into bold relief. His extraordinary talent captures the madness and sheer scale of what was to become one of our great modern tragedies as human beings.