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What's a really good, heavy, dark, historically based film?

Asked by Aethelflaed (13752points) December 8th, 2011

What are some really good films about horrible things that really happened? Maybe something like Hotel Rwanda or The Magdalene Sisters?

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fundevogel's avatar

guh…I’ll pick historical fiction apart if I know the history well enough so I don’t ingest much historical fiction, but I flipped my shit when the army opened fire on civilians during Gangs of New York. I don’t now how close the movie is to history but I never expected to see that bit of history in a major motion picture.

tranquilsea's avatar

Mississippi Burning
Schindler’s List
Boy In The Striped Pyjamas

tranquilsea's avatar

Oh and, Amastad

Aethelflaed's avatar

Awesome, awesome, awesome, awesome, and awesome.

Blackberry's avatar

That 275,049,274 hour long civil war movie. Geezus that movie was long.

Aethelflaed's avatar


@Blackberry ?? I’m not sure I know that one.

fundevogel's avatar


it’s like four hours long.

tranquilsea's avatar

Arg, I hate it when that happens! It should read “Amistad” not Amastad.

Blackberry's avatar

Yeah, Gettysburg. I haven’t seen Glory, but I think I got my civil war fill for this lifetime. :/

blueberry_kid's avatar

The Haunting in Conneticut was real.

blueberry_kid's avatar

But, Amistad is PERFECT.

Blondesjon's avatar

A Tale Of Two Cities in any form.

‘Tis a far, far better thing that I do now than I have ever done before.

i can only hope to achieve that level of commitment in my life.

judochop's avatar

Blazing Saddles.

tranquilsea's avatar

It’s not historical but it was very creepy: Pans Labyrinth

filmfann's avatar

Funny, yet a bit dark: I Love You To Death

Not too dark: Tucker, A Man and His Dream

Plenty dark: Amistad

Abundantly Dark: Apocalypse Now

(Apocalypse Now was based on true events, and sculpted on the stories The Odyssey by Homer and Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad.)

Michael_Huntington's avatar

Herzog’s “Aguirre, The Wrath of God”.

Earthgirl's avatar

I forgot this film about the Rwandan genocide. It is extremely dark and disturbing. I will never ever forget this movie.

CWOTUS's avatar

Hawaii has some dark in it.

Adirondackwannabe's avatar

@judochop Are your referring to the campfire scene or the sheriff?

GladysMensch's avatar

How about dark, horrible things that are happening now? Be warned, these are hard to watch.

The Dark Side of Chocolate – a journalistic documentary revealing the slave labor behind the manufacturing of chocolate.

Albino Killings in Africa – Tanzanian albinos are being hunted because witchdoctors are spreading the belief that albinos possess a magical power. They believe that body parts from albinos can make you rich, so they make potions and charms from albinos’ legs, hair, hands, and blood.

The Dying Rooms – Filmmakers study systematic neglect of abandoned babies in Chinese state-run orphanages where the weakest and least-liked children are deliberately left to die in “dark rooms”.

janbb's avatar

“The Battle of Algiers”

“Hurt Locker”

“The Killing Fields”


Kayak8's avatar

I need to see Apocalypse Now. I was in the Phillipines when they were filming it (plenty peculiar canoeing down a river with rounds going off)! I have waited many years and have never watched the movie, but @filmfann you have reminded me that it is on my list!

Kayak8's avatar

Paper Clips is an EXCELLENT movie!

fundevogel's avatar

There’s the movie about Hypatia. But I haven’t seen it yet. And there’s Waltz With Bashir which I have seen and can’t recommend enough.

mazingerz88's avatar

@fundevogel That Hypatia movie is Agora. It’s pretty good.

@Kayak8 So you have something in common with Charlie Sheen then. He was with his Dad, Martin Sheen in the Philippines while filming Apocalpyse. So you were coming back from Pagsanjan Falls then while they shot some scenes?

To answer the question…THE MISSION with Robert De Niro and Jeremy Irons might fit. And MUNICH as well.

janbb's avatar

@fundevogel Waltz with Bashir was one of the best movies I have ever seen about war.

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