Best History Movies of 1934


The Scarlet Empress

7.5/10 IMDB

During the 18th century, German noblewoman Sophia Frederica, who would later become Catherine the Great, travels to Moscow to marry the dimwitted Grand Duke Peter, the heir to the Russian throne. Their arranged marriage proves to be loveless, and Catherine takes many lovers, including the handsome Count Alexei, and bears a son. When the unstable Peter eventually ascends to the throne, Catherine plots to oust him from power.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, John Lodge, Sam Jaffe, Louise Dresser, C. Aubrey Smith, Gavin Gordon, Olive Tell, Ruthelma Stevens, Davison Clark, Erville Alderson ..
Directed by: Josef von Sternberg
Release date: 1934-05-09


6.8/10 IMDB

The queen of Egypt barges the Nile and flirts with Mark Antony and Julius Caesar.

Starring: Claudette Colbert, Warren William, Henry Wilcoxon, Joseph Schildkraut, Ian Keith, Gertrude Michael, C. Aubrey Smith, Irving Pichel, Arthur Hohl, Edwin Maxwell ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1934-10-05
Best History Movies of 1934 : The House of Rothschild

The House of Rothschild

6.6/10 IMDB

The story of the rise of the Rothschild financial empire founded by Mayer Rothschild and continued by his five sons. From humble beginnings the business grows and helps to finance the war against Napoleon, but it's not always easy, especially because of the prejudices against Jews.

Starring: George Arliss, Boris Karloff, Loretta Young, C. Aubrey Smith, Robert Young, Arthur Byron, Helen Westley, Reginald Owen, Florence Arliss, Alan Mowbray ..
Directed by: Alfred L. Werker
Release date: 1934-04-07
Best History Movies of 1934 : Operator 13

Operator 13

5.9/10 IMDB

American Civil War, 1862. After the disaster of the Second Battle of Bull Run, Major Allen, chief of the Secret Service of the Union, asks actress Gail Loveless to become one of his operators and infiltrate enemy territory.

Starring: Marion Davies, Gary Cooper, Jean Parker, Katharine Alexander, Ted Healy, Russell Hardie, Henry Wadsworth, Douglass Dumbrille, Willard Robertson, Fuzzy Knight ..
Directed by: Richard Boleslawski
Release date: 1934-06-08
Best History Movies of 1934 : Waltzes from Vienna

Waltzes from Vienna

5.8/10 IMDB

The story of Johann Strauss the elder and younger.

Starring: Edmund Gwenn, Esmond Knight, Jessie Matthews, Fay Compton, Frank Vosper, Robert Hale, Charles Heslop, Hindle Edgar, Marcus Barron, Betty Huntley-Wright ..
Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock
Release date: 1934-03-15
Best History Movies of 1934 : Nell Gwyn

Nell Gwyn

6.2/10 IMDB

King Charles II first meets Nell Gwyn after seeing her do a turn at Drury Lane. They soon become close, the King preferring her feisty irreverent company to that of the aristocratic French Duchess of Portsmouth. Nell becomes his most loyal subject, while ever-ready to take the Duchess down a peg. But the actress can never hope to be fully accepted by the King's circle despite his constant attentions.

Starring: Anna Neagle, Cedric Hardwicke, Moore Marriott, Jeanne De Casalis, Muriel George, Helena Pickard, Dorothy Robinson, Esme Percy, Miles Malleson, Craighall Sherry ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1934-08-01
Best History Movies of 1934 : The Pursuit of Happiness

The Pursuit of Happiness

7.0/10 IMDB

Lederer is a Hessian soldier who defects to the Americans during the Revolutionary War.He falls in love with a Yankee girl, but a thuggish local militiaman jealously makes things hard for him while he's a prisoner of war.

Starring: Francis Lederer, Joan Bennett, Charles Ruggles, Mary Boland, Barbara Barondess, Minor Watson, Irving Bacon, Walter Kingsford, Adrian Morris, Duke York ..
Directed by: Alexander Hall
Release date: 1934-09-27
Best History Movies of 1934 : The World Moves On

The World Moves On

5.9/10 IMDB

Two families, cotton merchants in England and America, with branches in France and Prussia swear to stand by each other in a belief that a great business firmly established in four countries will be able to withstand even such another calamity as the Napoleonic Wars from which Europe is slowly recovering. Then many years later, along comes World War One and the years that follow, to test the businesses.

Starring: Madeleine Carroll, Franchot Tone, Reginald Denny, Sig Ruman, Louise Dresser, Raul Roulien, Stepin Fetchit, Lumsden Hare, Dudley Digges, Frank Melton ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1934-06-27
Best History Movies of 1934 : British Agent

British Agent

6.1/10 IMDB

An Englishman falls in love with a Russian spy.

Starring: Leslie Howard, Kay Francis, William Gargan, Phillip Reed, Irving Pichel, Ivan F. Simpson, Halliwell Hobbes, J. Carrol Naish, Walter Byron, Cesar Romero ..
Directed by: Michael Curtiz
Release date: 1934-09-15
Best History Movies of 1934 : The Affairs of Cellini

The Affairs of Cellini

6.1/10 IMDB

The 16th-century sculptor woos the Duchess of Florence despite the duke.

Starring: Fredric March, Constance Bennett, Frank Morgan, Fay Wray, Vince Barnett, Jessie Ralph, Louis Calhern, Paul Harvey, Lucille Ball, Ward Bond ..
Directed by: Gregory La Cava
Release date: 1934-08-24
Best History Movies of 1934 : Jew Süss

Jew Süss

6.5/10 IMDB

A historical satire critical of the rising tide of Anti-Semitism in Germany. Based on the novel by Lionel Feuchtwanger, Jew Süss is the story of life in the 18th century Jewish ghetto of Württemberg. Süss (Veidt) works himself out of the ghetto and into a position of power himself with the help of an evil Duke.

Starring: Conrad Veidt, Benita Hume, Frank Vosper, Cedric Hardwicke, Gerald du Maurier, Paul Graetz ..
Directed by: Lothar Mendes
Release date: 1934-10-13

Hail Columbia

5.5/10 IMDB

This short film provides highlights from American history, focusing on George Washington's farewell to the troops to the War of 1812.

Starring: John B. Kennedy ..
Release date: 1934-08-28

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