Best History Movies of 1951


Quo Vadis


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
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy, Anthony Mann
Release date: 1951-11-08

The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel


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
Directed by: Henry Hathaway
Release date: 1951-10-16

Double Crossbones


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
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1951-04-26

Drums in the Deep South


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
Directed by: William Cameron Menzies
Release date: 1951-09-01

Survival Under Atomic Attack

Survival Under Atomic Attack
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

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