Best History Movies of 1950


Sands of Iwo Jima

7.0/10 IMDB

The relationship between Sergeant Stryker and a group of rebellious recruits is made difficult by the Sergeant's tough training tactics. At Tarawa, the leathernecks have a chance to see Stryker in action, and begin to appreciate him.

Starring: John Wayne, John Agar, Adele Mara, Forrest Tucker, Wally Cassell, James Brown, Richard Webb, Arthur Franz, Julie Bishop, James Holden ..
Directed by: Allan Dwan
Release date: 1950-01-01

Cyrano de Bergerac

7.4/10 IMDB

France, 1640. Cyrano, the charismatic swordsman-poet with the absurd nose, hopelessly loves the beauteous Roxane; she, in turn, confesses to Cyrano her love for the handsome but tongue-tied Christian. The chivalrous Cyrano sets up with Christian an innocent deception, with tragic results.

Starring: José Ferrer, Mala Powers, William Prince, Morris Carnovsky, Ralph Clanton, Lloyd Corrigan, Virginia Farmer, Edgar Barrier, Albert Cavens, Arthur Blake ..
Directed by: Michael Gordon
Release date: 1950-11-16

The Baron of Arizona

7.0/10 IMDB

The U.S. government recognizes land grants made when the West was under Spanish rule. This inspires James Reavis to forge a chain of historical evidence that makes a foundling girl the Baroness of Arizona. Reavis marries the girl and presses his claim to the entire Arizona territory.

Starring: Vincent Price, Ellen Drew, Vladimir Sokoloff, Beulah Bondi, Reed Hadley, Robert Barrat, Robin Short, Karen Kester, Margia Dean, Jonathan Hale ..
Directed by: Samuel Fuller
Release date: 1950-03-04

The Flame and the Arrow

6.8/10 IMDB

Dardo, a Robin Hood-like figure, and his loyal followers use a Roman ruin in Medieval Lombardy as their headquarters as they conduct an insurgency against their Hessian conquerors.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Virginia Mayo, Robert Douglas, Aline MacMahon, Frank Allenby, Nick Cravat, Lynn Baggett, Gordon Gebert, Norman Lloyd, Victor Kilian ..
Directed by: Jacques Tourneur
Release date: 1950-07-07
Best History Movies of 1950 : The Black Rose

The Black Rose

6.2/10 IMDB

In the 13th century, Walter of Gurnie, a disinherited Saxon youth, is forced to flee England. With his friend, Tristram, he falls in with the army of the fierce but avuncular General Bayan, and journeys all the way to China, where both men become involved in intrigues in the court of Kublai Khan.

Starring: Tyrone Power, Orson Welles, Cécile Aubry, Jack Hawkins, Michael Rennie, Finlay Currie, Herbert Lom, Mary Clare, Robert Blake, Alfonso Bedoya ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1950-09-01
Best History Movies of 1950 : Odette


6.9/10 IMDB

The film is based on the true story of Special Operations Executive French-born agent Odette Sansom, who was captured by the Germans in 1943, condemned to death and sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp to be executed. However, against all odds she survived the war and testified against the prison guards at the Hamburg Ravensbrück Trials. She was awarded the George Cross in 1946; the first woman ever to receive the award, and the only woman who has been awarded it while still alive. (From Wikipedia, licensed under CC-BY-SA)

Starring: Anna Neagle, Trevor Howard, Marius Goring, Peter Ustinov, Bernard Lee, Alfred Schieske, Gilles Quéant, Marianne Walla, Fritz Wendhausen, Marie Burke ..
Directed by: Herbert Wilcox
Release date: 1950-10-02
Best History Movies of 1950 : Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

6.3/10 IMDB

The growing ambition of Julius Caesar is a source of major concern to his close friend Brutus. Cassius persuades him to participate in his plot to assassinate Caesar but they have both sorely underestimated Mark Antony.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Harold Tasker ..
Directed by: David Bradley
Release date: 1950-03-08
Best History Movies of 1950 : Guilty of Treason

Guilty of Treason

6.0/10 IMDB

The story of Cardinal Josef Mindzhenty, a Roman Catholic cardinal from Hungary who spoke out against both the Nazi occupation of his country during World War II and the Communist regime that replaced it after the war.

Starring: Paul Kelly, Charles Bickford, Bonita Granville, John Banner, Roland Winters, Richard Derr, Berry Kroeger ..
Directed by: Felix E. Feist
Release date: 1950-02-20
Best History Movies of 1950 : My Country 'Tis of Thee

My Country 'Tis of Thee

5.1/10 IMDB

My Country 'Tis of Thee is a 1950 short documentary supervised by Gordon Hollingshead. It is a panoramic view of American history from the coming of the pilgrims all the way through to 1950. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Subject, Two-Reel.

Starring: Marvin Miller ..
Directed by: Gordon Hollingshead
Release date: 1950-12-01
Best History Movies of 1950 : Tyrant of the Sea

Tyrant of the Sea

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1803, the only thing standing between Napoleon and his plan of world domination is England and the British Navy. The admiralty, learning that Napoleon has assembled an invasion fleet decides to send out one of its vessels to destroy it the French flagship under cover of fog. Forced out of retirement, ruthless, tyrannical and temperamental Captain William Blake is put in command. He wields his command with sadistic fury until an epidemic of scurvy attacks the crew and, when he refuses to go ashore for needed provision, mutiny and insubordination results...and, then, the French flagship arrives.

Starring: Rhys Williams, Ron Randell, Valentine Perkins, Doris Lloyd, Lester Matthews, Harry Cording, Terry Kilburn, Maurice Marsac, William Fawcett, Ross Elliott ..
Directed by: Lew Landers
Release date: 1950-02-22

The Du Pont Story

5.8/10 IMDB

A straight-line historical account of the Du Pont chemical manufacturing company and its vital role in the growth of the USA.

Starring: Eduard Franz, Marcel Journet, Sigrid Gurie, Grandon Rhodes, Walter Sande, Tom Neal, Lyle Talbot ..
Directed by: Wilhelm Thiele
Release date: 1950-12-15
Best History Movies of 1950 : Boosting is a Business

Boosting is a Business

0.0/10 IMDB

Demonstration of shoplifting methods. With the Cooperation and Assistance of Berkeley, California Police Department and Berkeley Police Reserve; Addison H. Fording, Chief of Police; J.F. Hink & Son Department Store, L.W. Hink, President. Technical Assistance: Wm. P. Beall, Lieutenant; E.A. Skells, Sergeant, Berkeley Police DepartmentGeorge Jelten, Director of Visual Merchandising, J.F. Hink and Son. Director of Photography: John L. Siegle. Sound: Walter D. Porep. Narration: John E. Pedersen.

Release date: 1950-01-01

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