War History Movies

1. Gladiator

IMDB: When a Roman general is betrayed and his family murdered by an emperor’s corrupt son, he comes to Rome as a gladiator to seek revenge.

Director: Ridley Scott
Writers: David Franzoni (story), David Franzoni (screenplay)
Stars: Russell Crowe, Joaquin Phoenix, Connie Nielsen

I like warrior movies and Gladiator is one of my favorites in this category. It is a story of the Roman general who becomes a Gladiator. A good story, good action and brilliant acting.

2. Troy

IMDB: An adaptation of Homer’s great epic, the film follows the assault on Troy by the united Greek forces and chronicles the fates of the men involved.

Director: Wolfgang Petersen
Writers: Homer (poem), David Benioff (screenplay)
Stars: Brad Pitt, Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom

Based on the Homer’s epic, this is a story of the destruction of the city called Troy and the story of the legendary warrior Achilles. The youngest prince of Troy, steals the beautiful wife Helen of Greece and marries her. This war is an outcome of this treachery. Full of ancient fight and is good to watch.

3. 300 – Rise of an Empire

IMDB: Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Director: Noam Murro
Writers: Zack Snyder (screenplay), Kurt Johnstad (screenplay)
Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey

This is an efficiently picturized movie which gives a feel of Animation in it. The best thing I like about this movie is the dialogues of warriors and the king of Sparta. A tale of a war, the warriors who gave their lives, treachery and myth.

4. Braveheart

IMDB: William Wallace is a Scottish rebel who leads an uprising against the cruel English ruler Edward the Longshanks, who wishes to inherit the crown of Scotland for himself. When he was a young boy, William Wallace’s father and brother, along with many others, lost their lives trying to free Scotland. Once he loses another of his loved ones, William Wallace begins his long quest to make Scotland free once and for all, along with the assistance of Robert the Bruce.

Director: Mel Gibson
Writer: Randall Wallace
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan

It is a story of Freedom against the tyranny of the English rulers. The movie is pretty long but has all the elements that comes to war anywhere in the world. Uprising, revolt, tyranny, lost loved ones, warriors and traitors- this movie has it all.

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Romantic Movies

1. 50 First Dates

IMDB: Henry Roth is a man afraid of commitment up until he meets the beautiful Lucy. They hit it off and Henry think he’s finally found the girl of his dreams, until he discovers she has short-term memory loss and forgets him the very next day.

Director: Peter Segal
Stars: Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore, Rob Schneider

This movie goes to the top of my list of Best Romantic Movies collection. An unusual love story, it makes me feel for Henry and pity Lucy. But the way Henry makes her day special, everyday is something we should do for our beloved. This movie is a must watch.

2. A Walk to Remember

IMDB: The story of two North Carolina teens, Landon Carter and Jamie Sullivan, who are thrown together after Landon gets into trouble and is made to do community service.

Director: Adam Shankman
Writers: Nicholas Sparks (novel), Karen Janszen (screenplay)
Stars: Mandy Moore, Shane West, Peter Coyote

A Walk to Remember is a teen romance movie. It is based on Nicholas Sparks’ sensitive novel. It tells a story of love which transcends death. This touchy movie deserves to be in everybody’s list.

3. If Only

IMDB: It takes a tragedy to teach the young businessman Ian to put love ahead of work and open up to his musician girlfriend Samantha.

Director: Gil Junger
Writer: Christina Welsh
Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Paul Nicholls, Tom Wilkinson

If Only, is one of my favorites. It is a story of the man who has a premonition about his girlfriends accident which leads to her tragic death. But when the dream ends, he finds out the next day everything which happened in his dream was coming out to be true. The way he spends that day with her in order to give her the best day of her life moved me a lot. I really love this love story. It is a must watch.

 4. Message in a Bottle

IMDB: A woman discovers a tragic love letter in a bottle on a beach, and is determined to track down its author.

Director: Luis Mandoki
Writers: Nicholas Sparks (novel), Gerald Di Pego (screenplay)
Stars: Kevin Costner, Robin Wright, Paul Newman

Based on Nicholas Sparks’ novel, this movie comes out to be a bit slow but very touchy. This is because this movie is based on the dialogues and I love Nicholas Sparks writing. It is a story of a man who lost his wife and every year he would write her a letter, put it in a bottle and throw it in the ocean. The story begins with the heroine finds this bottle on the beach and discovers his tragic love. It is a beautiful story and a must watch.

To be continued…

Words from my heart

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