Best History Movies of 1951

1.

Quo Vadis

5.2
7.2/10 IMDB

Set against the back drop of Rome in crisis, General Marcus Vinicius returns to the city from the battle fields and falls in love with a Christian woman, Lygia. Caught in the grip of insanity, Nero's atrocities become more extreme and he burns Rome, laying the blame on the Christians. Vinicius races to save Lygia from the wrath of Nero as the empire of Rome collapses around them.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Deborah Kerr, Leo Genn, Peter Ustinov, Patricia Laffan, Finlay Currie, Abraham Sofaer, Marina Berti, Buddy Baer, Felix Aylmer ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann
Release date: 1951-11-08
2.

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

The life and career of Erwin Rommel and his involvement in the plot to assassinate Hitler.

Starring: James Mason, Cedric Hardwicke, Jessica Tandy, Luther Adler, Everett Sloane, Leo G. Carroll, George Macready, Richard Boone, Eduard Franz, Desmond Young ..
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1951-10-16
3.

Go for Broke!

3.3
6.7/10 IMDB

A tribute to the U.S. 442nd Regimental Combat Team, formed in 1943 by Presidential permission with Japanese-American volunteers. We follow the training of a platoon under the rueful command of Lt. Mike Grayson who shares common prejudices of the time. The 442nd serve in Italy, then France, distinguishing themselves in skirmishes and battles; gradually and naturally, Grayson's prejudices evaporate with dawning realization that his men are better soldiers than he is.

Starring: Van Johnson, Lane Nakano, George Miki, Akira Fukunaga, Ken K. Okamoto, Henry Oyasato, Harry Hamada, Henry Nakamura ..
Directed by: Robert Pirosh
Release date: 1951-05-04
4.

Tomahawk

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

In 1866, a new gold discovery and an inconclusive conference force the U.S. Army to build a road and fort in territory ceded by previous treaty to the Sioux...to the disgust of frontier scout Jim Bridger, whose Cheyenne wife led him to see the conflict from both sides. The powder-keg situation needs only a spark to bring war, and violent bigots like Lieut. Rob Dancy are all too likely to provide this. Meanwhile, Bridger's chance of preventing catastrophe is dimmed by equally wrenching personal conflicts. Unusually accurate historically.

Starring: Van Heflin, Yvonne De Carlo, Alex Nicol, Preston Foster, Jack Oakie, John War Eagle, Rock Hudson, Susan Cabot, Arthur Space, Russ Conway ..
Directed by: George Sherman
Release date: 1951-02-05
5.

Double Crossbones

2.4
5.9/10 IMDB

Falsely accused by the corrupt Governor Elden of Charleston of fencing stolen pirate booty, young Davey Crandall and friend Tom Botts buy passage on the ship of local buccaneer Bloodthirsty Ben. They avoid being killed by faking a case of the pox, which causes the panicked captain and crew to desert the ship. The two find themselves alone, and when a lucky cannon shot hits a mast on a British ship, they find themselves mistaken for pirates. They sail to Tortuga, where they recruit such notorious corsairs as Henry Morgan, Captain Kidd, Anne Bonney, and Blackbeard to lay siege to Chaleston and expose the villain Elden.

Starring: Donald O'Connor, Helena Carter, Will Geer, John Emery, Stanley Logan, Kathryn Givney, Hayden Rorke, Morgan Farley, Robert Barrat, Alan Napier ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1951-04-26
6.

Drums in the Deep South

2.4
5.8/10 IMDB

Two old friends find themselves on opposite sides during the Civil War in a desperate battle atop an impregnable mountain.

Starring: James Craig, Barbara Payton, Guy Madison, Barton MacLane, Robert Osterloh, Tom Fadden, Robert Easton, Louis Jean Heydt, Craig Stevens ..
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1951-09-01
7.

The Magic Face

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

Actor becomes Hitler's valet, murders him, takes his place and ruins Nazi Germany's war efforts.

Starring: Luther Adler, Patricia Knight, William L. Shirer, Jaspar von Oertzen ..
Directed by: Frank Tuttle
Release date: 1951-08-13
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8.

Survival Under Atomic Attack

1.3
5.5/10 IMDB

A Civil Defense film that focuses on what the average American can do to protect himself if caught out in the open or at home during a nuclear attack.

Starring: Edward R. Murrow ..
Release date: 1951-01-01
Best History Movies of 1951 : Quebec
9.

Quebec

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

Story of a revolt against England in 1830s Canada.

Starring: John Drew Barrymore, Corinne Calvet, Barbara Rush, Patric Knowles, John Hoyt, Nikki Duval, Howard Joslin, Arnold Moss, Don Haggerty, Patsy Ruth Miller ..
Directed by: George Templeton
Release date: 1951-03-15
10.

Williamsburg Restored

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This documentary which opens with a ten-minute period drama about the importance of Williamsburg in 1774, explains the mission of John D. Rockefeller, Jr., and Dr. W.A.R. Goodwin in the 1920s to restore Williamsburg to a colonial American icon. Through the painstaking research of curator, historians, and architects, the town's restoration plan is mapped out. Construction tradesmen from the twentieth century transform rundown exteriors into period edifices. Interiors are modified and restored to livable, sometimes elegant, period condition. This vast undertaking leads to mid-century historical interpretation about the importance of the people and ideas of Williamsburg that forged a new nation.

Release date: 1951-01-01

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