10 Best Movies That Radically Screwed with History
With "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" set for release this weekend, we got to thinking: what other movies have messed with the historical record in fantastical ways? Luckily for us, there are no shortage of filmmakers who have drastically "rewritten" the past in service of their outlandish narrative ambitions. Click through the gallery below to find our picks for the ten best!
Note: traditional historical/biographical films that "play with the facts" need not apply - the outlandish premises of the below films (with the exception of one) are clearly intended for entertainment value, not to be taken as literal truth.
Were any of your favorites left out? Let us know in the comments!
2007 | Comedy | PGSummary: Newlyweds Nick (Ice Cube) and Suzanne (Long) decide to move to the suburbs to provide a better life for their two kids. But their idea of a dream home is disturbed by a contractor (McGinley) with a bizarre approach to business.Director: Steve Carr
Cast: John C. McGinley, Ice Cube, Nia Long, Aleisha Allen
2014 | Animation | PGSummary: A young boy and his dog, who happens to have a genius-level IQ, spring into action when their time-travel machine is stolen and moments in history begin to be changed.Director: Rob Minkoff
Cast: Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Ariel Winter, Allison Janney
1981 | Adventure | GSummary: The fun and adventure begin when a lonely widow adopts an orphaned fox cub named Tod. The mischievous fox soon meets up with Copper, an adorable hound puppy. As the innocent pair grow up together in the forest, they become inseparable friends. But the day soon arrives when their friendship is put...Director: Ted Berman, Art Stevens, Richard Rich
Cast: Mickey Rooney, Kurt Russell, Pearl Bailey, Jack Albertson
2013 | Fantasy | PGSummary: The Croods is a prehistoric comedy adventure that follows the world's first family as they embark on a journey of a lifetime when the cave that has always shielded them from danger is destroyed. Traveling across a spectacular landscape, the Croods discover an incredible new world filled with fant...Director: Kirk De Micco, Chris Sanders
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener
2015 | Adventure | NRSummary: The film is about a high school tech whiz (Laura Marano), who is determined to become prom queen. But on the big day, she suddenly wakes up having a bad hair day, and her destroyed prom dress, and everything that can go wrong, does go badly wrong. A police officer (Leigh-Allyn Baker) seeks the ne...Director: Eric Canuel
Cast: Laura Marano, Leigh-Allyn Baker, Christian Campbell, Kiana Madeira
1996 | Action | PGSummary: Amy is only 13 years old when her mother is killed. She goes to Canada to live with her father, an eccentric inventor whom she barely knows. Amy is miserable in her new life... until she discovers a nest of goose eggs that were abandoned when a local forest is torn down. The eggs hatch and Amy be...Director: Carroll Ballard
Cast: Jeff Daniels, Anna Paquin, Dana Delany, Terry Kinney
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Intense but humor-laced story of a romance between the town “good girl” and a charming senior that becomes difficult with the introduction of adult problems. Shailene Woodley and Miles Teller excel as the young couple.Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Kyle Chandler
2013 | Drama | RSummary: Two workmates at a brewery, both in other relationships, find themselves dealing with increasingly tangled romantic lives after the two couples spend a weekend together in this canny and sharply funny comedy.Director: Joe Swanberg
Cast: Olivia Wilde, Jake Johnson, Anna Kendrick, Ron Livingston
1961 | Drama | NRSummary: One of several masterpieces by genius Luis Buñuel sees a novice nun facing the destruction of her ideals thanks to the attentions of a pervert uncle and many other “low” characters.Director: Luis Buñuel
Cast: Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal
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