It's a difficult task, that of a historical screenplay writer. Not only must they construct a complete picture from the spotty information we have of famous historical events and ages, not only must they try to incorporate that real information, but they must also construct a story we as an audience would enjoy watching. From the many bad historical movies out there, we know this is a hard task indeed.
But when done right, mixing fantasy and real events into a fascinating tapestry, we get classic movies like Amadeus, Dances With Wolves or Saving Private Ryan. But to those of us history buffs who would like to enjoy AND educate ourselves, we thought we'd shed some light on the historical background of some of cinema's most celebrated historical dramas. Click on any of the videos to see the history behind the movie.