Ten Most HIstorically Inaccurate Movies of All Times..

@raijin (10373)
Philippines
March 21, 2008 7:12pm CST
We all know for a fact that some or most of the historical movies made are inaccurate, Yahoo! Movies has somehow listed the ten most of 'em all.. I'm not familiar to most of it, since I only seen a few. There are still some that I know, but I guess didn't made it to the top! So for all of you who are interested, here's the link and I hope that you could at least be informed why they topped the list and the flaws behind the film! http://movies.yahoo.com/feature/10mosthistoricallyinaccurate.html
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@Grace35 (136)
• United States
22 Mar 08
These must only be the most recent, I do recall in JR High, we had to watch The Alamo, and write down everything inaccurate about it, so I think it should be added also...I worked hard on that project... LOL
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@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
Yes, The Alamo.. I only saw it once, but it's been a long time so couldn't remember some of it! But you're right they are also not that accurate, like Troy and other stories based on real-life. I believe The Alamo is also on the list, though didn't made it on the top maybe because it wasn't that famous compared to those ten box-office hits!
@Grace35 (136)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Oh ok, tell me something then!! I will admit, I didn't travel through every movie, I just noticed that it wasn't in the Top Ten!! HAHA Thanks
• United States
25 Mar 08
This was not surprising at all. Gladiator, 300 and Elisabeth II are some of my favorites, but it just seems to have always been the trend that movies dealing with either war, land dominance/takeover, or a certain time period of great change unfortunatly are the most inaccurate.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
25 Mar 08
True, I even took some researching after finding out that William Wallace was not what Mel Gibson portrayed him to be.
@jcj_111776 (3220)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
hello raijin... I've checked the link you gave and I was surprised to see that the Memoirs of a Geisha was included. But I have to agree to some degree to the comment given to that movie, particularly to the dancing scene. While I was watching it, I was actually thinking if something like that did truly happen or maybe the movie was given a small twist for a more dramatic effect. My husband had watched almost all of Mel Gibson's movies. And Braveheart was his favorite. As for The Patriot, I was even moved by the story. To learn that the ending of the movie wasn't really how it truly happened, is a disappointment. To think that I was almost at the edge of my seat watching it and "celebrating" with Mel Gibson when they "won" the war.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
Yes, we both don't know the exact American history. It's really surprising that they tend to twist the plot to the limit, for the sake of entertainment.. As for Geisha, I only watched it once and thought it was a good movie but lost interest finishing the it. I really laughed on their comments about "The Last Samurai" though, I do believe that using chopsticks properly is really a concern for the Japs back then!
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
i've only watched a few of the movies in the list, including 300 and braveheart. its not surprising if movie makers make a mistake in messing the history. they always do that! and if teachers aren't careful on what they show (during film showing) in their history class, it would be bad for the students. but then, the students should be aware too that movies are movies. they may use a lot of facts but they will also put some twists here and there.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
It's not a mistake, it's the way they prefer to make it more theatrical. But sometimes, they twist history to the extent. Just like those speedos worn by the Spartans, which in fact is NOT what they actually wore during those times..
@secretbear (19463)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
but it was a great idea that they clad those men with leather straps with red cape. those abs were just gorgeous even if it were just products of special effects.
• United States
25 Mar 08
Special effects or not, those inaccurately dressed "Spartans" were definetly drool worthy.
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• United States
22 Mar 08
I've seen five of those top 10: "2001, The Patriot, Elizabeth, The Golden Age, Braveheart and Gladiator." The only one I haven't seen that I plan on seeing is "300." I don't see Gibson's movies anymore and I never have liked Tom Cruise. However, when I watched them, I did not expect them to be historically accurate. If something claims to be a documentary, then that's a different story. These are all movies meant to be entertainment. As far as I'm concerned, the movie makers are allowed to twist histry as far as they want as long as they don't claim that it is true. I don't even get upset when movies made from books are not in sync with the book. A book is a book and the movie is something else entirely. What I can't figure out from this list is why "2001" is on it at all. The movie was made in 1968 about the year 2001. Uh, correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn't that have been a futuristic movie? How could it be historically inaccurate? lol
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
I'm not really sure, since I didn't saw that film. But they were pertaining of the real facts, on how we and where we are right now..
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
22 Mar 08
I saw that and was going to post it too! I dont' go to the movies anymore as one, they are to expensive. and then they just aren't what they use to be. To much violance, crime, killing, s*x, and other "carrying on's". Just isn't fun anymore - at least to me. Last one I saw was Sweet Home Alabama and Uptown Girls. Haven't been since! I know there are other kinds, but I'll just wait till they come out on DVD and rent them and have fun at home where I can get upa nd get something to eat if I want or use the bathroom if Needed and not miss the show! and even watch it again if it was good.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
I have also stopped going to cinema theaters, I'd rather buy them on video or rent them. At least I could make a good use of the term "being entertained" right in my doorstep, no fuss or worrying of losing my money!
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
24 Mar 08
To me at home is more fun. More comfortable too! And if you want to say something you can! And to sit that long and eat all that food in your lap in the dark!?!?! I'll stay home and have fun!
@tryxiness (4548)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
Of then ten, I am familiar with 6. :) The thing is I am glad that I do have this notion that "historical" movies are usually done for commercial purposes thus I do not heavily rely and believe on them but I do appreciate the cinematography. :)
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
It's all about entertainment, I just wish that some could do historical movies the exact way it should be done al the way..
@coffeebreak (17815)
• United States
24 Mar 08
North and South Part I was supposed to be extremely accurate historically speaking. Only place I ever heard tht the civil war was started cause the south wanted to keep their slaves but agreed new states would all be free and the north wouldn't accept that. I reserached it and yeah, it was true. We were all taught it was just to free the slaves.
@vivasuzi (4127)
• United States
26 Mar 08
Well they may be innaccurate but it's still a lot of good movies! I think it goes to show that the audience wants entertainment and we could care less about the accuracy. I do enjoy history movies or movies based on a true story, but I enjoy movies on this list just as much even if the stuff is all made up.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
26 Mar 08
I also did enjoyed the one's on the list, but I also enjoyed the way they bombarded with criticisms it's writers and directors..
@arjun999 (1004)
• India
25 Mar 08
I guess a movie does not need to be historically accurate to be entertaining. I know that its always nice to watch an historically accurate move, but some good movies like you mention 'Braveheart' etc were not enirely acurate. I guess the main thing is to enjoy them and hope that most of it is accurate.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
25 Mar 08
Yes, it doesn't have to be. But sometimes, they create too much that contradictions from the settings and the REAL person they are trying to portray..
@AmbiePam (51191)
• United States
24 Mar 08
One to add to the list actually came on last night, "The Ten Commandments." I mean they got the major points right, but when a person reads the Bible, and then watches the movie, there are a lot of differences.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
True, I also thought it was what it's supposed to be written back then. But somehow found some omissions and loop-holes, they could be protecting other's interests there..
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
23 Mar 08
Well if they are going to clobber 2001 as historically inaccurate, then they should hammer 1984 since they preceded the actual dates. The rest of the movies, I will not argue with. But face it, Hollywood is made for entertainment more then education.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
Obviously more or even got over than entertainment, since some films were mixed from different times and historical events.
• United States
22 Mar 08
Well, I certainly don't watch movies for the truth! If I wanted historically accurate, I'd watch the History Channel or read a book. Even then, "accurate" is subjective. History is, after all, written by the winners... But hey, I really enjoyed Gladiator, if only because I'm a big fan of Joaquin Phoenix. I love Roman history and even so, this movie didn't bother me at how wrong it was. It's entertainment, nothing more.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
Yes, watch them right on and either read them through books. I guess all they wanted to state there is, they are mixing out historical events just like the woolly mammoths from the movie 10,000 B.C and put them on Egypt to make pyramids!
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
wow...thanks for posting the link!
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
24 Mar 08
• United States
22 Mar 08
I really think that Disney's Pocohantas should have made that list. That movie is so ridiculously inaccurate, I won't even have it in my home. It makes me so angry to think of the stupidity the Disney folks had in doing that as a movie for kids. It's not even a love story to begin with! Yes, there are some there that are obviously twisted to suit the purpose of the story. With Pocohantas, it starts out wrong, and just keeps going downhill from there. Anyway, I enjoy a good movie, historically accurate or not. After all, that is the aritist's perrogative, in this case the artists are the film crew, to change it to fit. It's a good thing we don't get our history lessons from movies, or do we?
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
Some could be, the same way you are concerned about the movie Pocahontas. I myself would be worried of having my kids being misinformed about this, since kids are used of thinking that way and they always thought that what they saw/watched was true..
• United States
22 Mar 08
This list must not consider some of the old movies, like BELLE STAR, or SOLOMON & SHEBA, and--oh well you get the drift.
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
Hehe! I know what you mean, not to mention those supposed-to-be futuristic films that they thought would come true!
@whittby (3073)
• United States
22 Mar 08
Well, I see Mel Gibson has more than a few on the list. I guess he rewrites history to suit the film he wants to make. lol Actually, I can see why he would have wanted to remake the character for the Patriot, in real life he wasn't a very good person. ...whit
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
23 Mar 08
Shucks, I'm a fan of his..
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
Some of the description in those movies had actually made me laugh, specially those movies that I've seen. Haha.. I knew Persian King Xerxes at the 300 movie wouldn't really look that godly in real life, and I LOL at the leather Speedos criticize. Well actually, I don't think history itself is accurate anyway... for example the famous line of Douglas Macarthur "I shall return", do you know that there's a saying that he never really did said that? I don't know if that's true though... there's also the fact that history are being changed to make it seems like they're the good guys. Aren't there cases when the history of 1 country is different from another? Hehe...
@raijin (10373)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
Yeah, sometimes powerful personas influences history. They could simply erase and create one, according to their interest..
@paid2write (5202)
22 Mar 08
I bet every historical movie ever made has been inaccurate in some way. As long as they are not taken as documentary evidence and are accepted as artistic interpretations of the past it does not really matter.
@MGjhaud (21884)
• Philippines
22 Mar 08
I've seen two of those films (The last samurai and The memoirs of geisha), for me they were both satisfying. In fact, the last samurai movie is one of my favorites. The rest, I haven't seen then. My friend told me that the 10,000BC movie which is the latest one isn't really a good one.