Belgian History in the Movies

by Pepper Baggins | created - 22 Mar 2017 | updated - 15 Jun 2017 | Public

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1. De leeuw van Vlaanderen (1985)

90 min | War, Drama

A tale centered on the Battle of the Golden Spurs in 1302 where the Flemish rank and file won a major victory over the glorious French knights.

Director: Hugo Claus | Stars: Frank Aendenboom, Bert André, Piet Balfoort, Theu Boermans

Votes: 454

2. Resistance (2003)

R | 92 min | Drama

On 16 January 1944, a reconnaissance pilot survives a plane crash in Delahaut in the Nazi occupied Belgium. The boy Jean Benoit finds the wounded pilot and brings him to the house of Claire... See full summary »

Director: Todd Komarnicki | Stars: Bill Paxton, Julia Ormond, Philippe Volter, Sandrine Bonnaire

Votes: 552

3. De Troon (2010)

Drama, History, Romance

Fate proved even more fickle in the post-feudal era for the Orange-Nassau family on the Dutch royal throne (all styled Willem, 'William') then for its realm. After exile in the French ... See full summary »

Stars: Raymond Thiry, Jeroen Willems, Yorick van Wageningen, Guy Clemens

Votes: 111

4. Heart of Darkness (1993 TV Movie)

100 min | Drama

A trading company manager travels up an African river to find a missing outpost head and discovers the depth of evil in humanity's soul.

Director: Nicolas Roeg | Stars: Tim Roth, John Malkovich, Isaach De Bankolé, James Fox

Votes: 1,552

5. The Legend of Tarzan (2016)

PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

44 Metascore

Tarzan, having acclimated to life in London, is called back to his former home in the jungle to investigate the activities at a mining encampment.

Director: David Yates | Stars: Alexander Skarsgård, Rory J. Saper, Christian Stevens, Christoph Waltz

Votes: 142,159 | Gross: $126.64M

6. De bende van Oss (2011)

112 min | Crime, Drama, History

Netherlands, 1938. In a small town in the province of North Brabant called Oss, Johanna wants to change her life and quit the criminal gangs of the town. The harder she tries, the more she is involved.

Director: André van Duren | Stars: Sylvia Hoeks, Matthias Schoenaerts, Daan Schuurmans, Maria Kraakman

Votes: 2,310

7. Daens (1992)

138 min | Biography, Drama, History

In the 1890s, Father Adolf Daens goes to Aalst, a textile town where child labor is rife, pay and working conditions are horrible, the poor have no vote, and the Catholic church backs the ... See full summary »

Director: Stijn Coninx | Stars: Jan Decleir, Gérard Desarthe, Antje de Boeck, Michael Pas

Votes: 3,439

8. Brussels by Night (1983)

90 min | Drama

This is the story of a man who travels to Brussels, and meets some people with whom he spends a few days. When they all go on a day trip to the "slanting plane" of Ronquieres, all sorts of bottled up frustrations flare up.

Director: Marc Didden | Stars: François Beukelaers, Johan Joos, Mariette Mathieu, Daniël Van Avermaet

Votes: 336

9. Toto le héros (1991)

PG-13 | 91 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

Thomas and Alfred were born around the same time; a fire in the nursery had nurses scrambling to save the newborns. Because he felt that he deserved Alfred's good fortune at being born into... See full summary »

Director: Jaco Van Dormael | Stars: Michel Bouquet, Mireille Perrier, Jo De Backer, Thomas Godet

Votes: 4,775 | Gross: $1.23M

11. Molokai (1999)

PG | 113 min | Biography, Drama

The true story of the 19th century priest who volunteered to go to the island of Molokai, to console and care for the lepers.

Director: Paul Cox | Stars: Keanu Kapuni-Szasz, David Wenham, Jan Kleinejan, Michael W. Perry

Votes: 1,043

12. White Witch Doctor (1953)

Approved | 96 min | Adventure

In 1907, a nurse arrives in the Belgian Congo to work for a missionary doctor but meets a grumpy animal hunter who secretly plans to search for gold in the dangerous Bakuba tribal region.

Director: Henry Hathaway | Stars: Susan Hayward, Robert Mitchum, Walter Slezak, Mashood Ajala

Votes: 450

13. The Nun's Story (1959)

Not Rated | 149 min | Drama

After leaving a wealthy Belgian family to become a nun, Sister Luke struggles with her devotion to her vows during crisis, disappointment, and World War II.

Director: Fred Zinnemann | Stars: Audrey Hepburn, Peter Finch, Edith Evans, Peggy Ashcroft

Votes: 8,165 | Gross: $12.80M

14. The Sins of Rachel Cade (1961)

Approved | 124 min | Drama, Romance

While the Nazi regime subjugates European Nations, in the Belgian Congo, Doctor Rachel Cade tries to cure those troubled people. Colonel Derode falls in love with her, but a young American injured pilot upsets his plans.

Director: Gordon Douglas | Stars: Angie Dickinson, Peter Finch, Roger Moore, Errol John

Votes: 395

15. The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles (1992–1993)

TV-G | 45 min | Action, Adventure, Family

The adventures of the archaeological treasure hunter in his youth as related by an elderly Indiana Jones.

Stars: Sean Patrick Flanery, George Hall, Corey Carrier, Ronny Coutteure

Votes: 6,352

16. Lumumba (2000)

Not Rated | 115 min | Biography, Drama, History

78 Metascore

The true story of controversial leader of independent Congo, Patrice Lumumba.

Director: Raoul Peck | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Alex Descas, Théophile Sowié, Maka Kotto

Votes: 1,620 | Gross: $0.68M

17. The Siege of Jadotville (2016)

108 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

Irish Commandant Pat Quinlan leads a stand off with troops against French and Belgian Mercenaries in the Congo during the early 1960s.

Director: Richie Smyth | Stars: Richard Lukunku, Danny Sapani, Andrew Stock, Mark Strong

Votes: 21,057

18. Vera Cruz (1954)

Approved | 94 min | Adventure, Western

During the Mexican Rebellion of 1866, an unsavory group of American adventurers are hired by the forces of Emporer Maximilian to escort a countess to Vera Cruz.

Director: Robert Aldrich | Stars: Gary Cooper, Burt Lancaster, Denise Darcel, Cesar Romero

Votes: 7,569

19. De loteling (1974)

93 min | Drama

In 1833, when the fledgling Belgian kingdom still fears a Dutch invasion, recruits were selected annually from an age cohort by a draw of lots in each locality. In this grim, then ... See full summary »

Director: Roland Verhavert | Stars: Jan Decleir, Ansje Beentjes, Gaston Vandermeulen, Gella Allaert

Votes: 176

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20. Forbidden Territory: Stanley's Search for Livingstone (1997 TV Movie)

96 min | Adventure, Drama, History

One mans quest for a lost missionary in the African jungle becomes a journey of his own self discovery

Director: Simon Langton | Stars: Aidan Quinn, Nigel Hawthorne, Kabir Bedi, Edward Fox

Votes: 186



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