Best Biographical and Historical Films of 2014

Introduction

Another year is almost gone, and it's time to usher in another one with my annual preview hubs for the following movies to be released next year. Although some of these films don't have trailers yet, I'll be adding them as soon as they become available throughout next year.

As we all know, Hollywood has seen many of it's share of great historical and biographical films throughout it's history. In fact, some are even considered among the greatest films of all time according to most sources. However, what compels us to like these types of movies so much?

Could it be that our own history is so fascinating that it can easily overshadow anything from our own imagination? Or perhaps a biographical film about someone's life can speak to us in ways that no other film can because it's based on a true story? Or at least, that's what we're told. Although it's no secret that most historical and biographical movies do exaggerate the truth quite a bit for dramatic effect, but that doesn't make the stories any less intriguing.

For those unfamiliar with how I do things around her, I'll gladly give you a brief explanation. Basically, I list a series of movies to preview for each genre, and then put down all the key information for my readers like casting, release dates and etc; while also adding trailers to them as well. That is for the ones that have them at least... For those that don't, I just add them as soon as they become available.

As many of my readers know from last year, I wasn't able to publish the preview for most of the film genres of last year, due to various personal reasons. However, I deeply apologize for that, as I plan on rectifying that issue this year.

Also if you're into historical and biographical documentaries, then please feel free to click on the suggested link below. In the link, it should give you access to previews for some of the best feature length documentaries set to come out next year. Moving on.

I should warn readers that release dates are often subject to change, so please be sure to check your local listings before heading out to the theater to watch any of these. Anyways, I would like to thank you all again for joining me, as I hope you guys enjoy reading this hub, and that you enjoy these movies if you choose to see any of them. Anyway, without any further delay, or distractions, lets start the show.

The Monuments Men

Director:

George Clooney

Writers:

George Clooney, Grant Heslov, Robert M. Edsel, Bret Witter

Cast:

Matt Damon, George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Bill Murray, John Goodman, Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville, Bob Balaban, Diarmaid Murtagh, Sam Hazeldine, Dimitri Leonidas, Lee Asquith-Coe, Mark Badham, Adrian Bouchet, Zahary Baharov

Synopsis:

An unlikely World War II platoon are tasked to rescue art masterpieces from Nazi thieves and returning them to their owners.

Release Date: February 7, 2014

Chavez

Director:

Diego Luna

Writer:

Keir Pearson

Cast:

Gabriel Mann, Rosario Dawson, John Malkovich, Michael Peña, America Ferrera, Lisa Brenner, Jacob Vargas, Kevin Dunn, Mark Moses, Peter Jason, Debi Derryberry, Julian Seager, Yancey Arias, Spencer Garrett, Jamie Michie

Synopsis:

A biography of the civil-rights activist and labor organizer Cesar Chavez.

Release Date: April 4, 2014

Grace of Monaco

Director:

Olivier Dahan

Writer:

Arash Amel

Cast:

Nicole Kidman, Milo Ventimiglia, Parker Posey, Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Frank Langella, Derek Jacobi, Geraldine Somerville, Roger Ashton-Griffiths, Nicholas Farrell, Robert Lindsay, Jeanne Balibar, Olivier Rabourdin, Pascaline Crêvecoeur, André Penvern

Synopsis:

The story of former Hollywood star Grace Kelly's crisis of marriage and identity, during a political dispute between Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle, and a looming French invasion of Monaco in the early 1960s.

Release Date: March 14, 2014

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Wow, I never thought I'd ever see Clint Eastwood direct a musical. This should be fun. | Source

Jersey Boys

Director:

Clint Eastwood

Writers:

Marshall Brickman, Rick Elice, John Logan

Cast:

Christopher Walken, Vincent Piazza, Freya Tingley, James Madio, Kathrine Narducci, Francesca Eastwood, Mike Doyle, Steve Schirripa, Barry Livingston, Alexis Krause, Jeremy Luke, Silvia Kal, John Lloyd Young, Aria Pullman, Ian Scott Rudolph

Synopsis:

Jersey Boys is a musical biography of the Four Seasons-the rise, the tough times and personal clashes, and the ultimate triumph of a group of friends whose music became symbolic of a generation. Far from a mere tribute concert (though it does include numbers from the popular Four Seasons songbook), Jersey Boys gets to the heart of the relationships at the center of the group-with a special focus on frontman Frankie Valli, the small kid with the big falsetto. In addition to following the quartet's coming of age as performers, the core of the show is how an allegiance to a code of honor learned in the streets of their native New Jersey got them through a multitude of challenges: gambling debts, Mafia threats and family disasters. Jersey Boys is a glimpse at the people behind a sound that has managed to endure for over four decades in the hearts of the public.

Release Date: June 20, 2014

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Get on Up

Director:

Tate Taylor

Writers:

Steven Baigelman, Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth

Cast:

Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Taraji P. Henson, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James, Nelsan Ellis, Chadwick Boseman, Jill Scott, Fred Melamed, James DuMont, Keith Robinson, Billy Slaughter, Ritchie Montgomery, Clyde Jones, Justin Hall

Synopsis:

A chronicle of James Brown's rise from extreme poverty to become one of the most influential musicians in history.

Release Date: August 1, 2014

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Exodus

Director:

Ridley Scott

Writers:

Bill Collage, Adam Cooper, Steven Zaillian

Cast:

Christian Bale, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton, Emun Elliott, John Turturro, Indira Varma, María Valverde, Golshifteh Farahani, Hiam Abbass, Dar Salim, Barrie Martin, Christopher Sciueref, Umit Ulgen

Synopsis:

Another retelling on the book of Exodus. Although we've seen this story retold countless times before. Ridley Scott promises to deliver a more gritty and darker depiction of it. One that focuses on aspects to the story that has not yet been explored on the big screen before; particularly the Israelites' relationship with the legendary pharaoh, Ramses.

Release Date: December 12, 2014

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Boys of Abu Ghraib

Director:

Luke Moran

Writer:

Luke Moran

Cast:

Sara Paxton, Sean Astin, John Heard, Scott Gordon-Patterson, Michael Welch, Omid Abtahi, John Robinson, Elijah Kelley, Kristen Rakes, Jermaine Williams, Kylie Rogers, Bernhard Forcher, Eric Martinez, Debrianna Mansini, Luke Moran

Synopsis:

An American soldier deployed at Abu Ghraib finds himself behind the walls of the infamous Hard Site, where he develops a secret friendship with an Iraqi detainee.

Release Date: March 14, 2014

Pompeii

Director:

Paul W.S. Anderson

Writers:

Janet Scott Batchler, Lee Batchler, Julian Fellowes, Michael Robert Johnson

Cast:

Kit Harrington, Carrie-Anne Moss, Emily Browning, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Jessica Lucas, Jared Harris, Kiefer Sutherland, Rebecca Eady, Jean Frenette, Currie Graham, Ron Kennell, Jean-Francois Lachapelle, Paz Vega, Sasha Roiz, Melantha Blackthorne

Synopsis:

A slave turned gladiator finds himself in a race against time to save his true love, who has been betrothed to a corrupt Roman Senator. As Mount Vesuvius erupts, he must fight to save his beloved as Pompeii crumbles around him.

Release Date: February 21, 2014

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David Trujillo 3 years ago from Medellin, Colombia

Awesome list of upcoming movies.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

thanks


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Paradise7 3 years ago from Upstate New York

These all look like very good movies, with a little more meat to them than this year's fare.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Yeah, I was thinking the same thing when I first heard about a lot of these films coming out. Although the one i want to see most is exodus, as the premise sounds interesting if you ask me. Anyways, thanks for stopping by, and hows your health doing these days? are you holding up okay?


Michelle Widmann 3 years ago

I'm definitely excited for the Jersey Boys movie! I saw that musical on stage an embarrassing number of times, and I really can't wait to see it on the big screen - see the adaptation and how they put it all together while (hopefully) not losing the charm of the show to its fairly "dark" plot. The other movies all sound really interesting, too!


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

yeah i really want to see that one too. although im a bit surprised that clint eastwood is directing it though, but it sounds like an interesting film. anyways, thanks for stopping by. :)


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clopez26 3 years ago from Laurel, MD

Cool list. Of the films you listed, I'm looking forward to seeing Monuments Men and Exodus the most.


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Stevennix2001 3 years ago Author

Same here. I'm kind of curious to see how Exodus will play out. Anyways, thanks for stopping by.

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