Best History Movies of 1953

1.

The Robe

4.2
6.7/10 IMDB

Marcellus is a tribune in the time of Christ. He is in charge of the group that is assigned to crucify Jesus. Drunk, he wins Jesus' homespun robe after the crucifixion. He is tormented by nightmares and delusions after the event. Hoping to find a way to live with what he has done, and still not believing in Jesus, he returns to Palestine to try and learn what he can of the man he killed.

Starring: Richard Burton, Jean Simmons, Victor Mature, Jay Robinson, Richard Boone, Leon Askin, Michael Rennie, Dean Jagger, Torin Thatcher, Betta St. John ..
Directed by: Henry Koster
Release date: 1953-09-16
2.

The Cruel Sea

3.8
7.5/10 IMDB

At the start of World War II, Cmdr. Ericson is assigned to convoy escort HMS Compass Rose with inexperienced officers and men just out of training. The winter seas make life miserable enough, but the men must also harden themselves to rescuing survivors of U-Boat attacks, while seldom able to strike back. Traumatic events afloat and ashore create a warm bond between the skipper and his first officer

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Donald Sinden, Denholm Elliott, Stanley Baker, Virginia McKenna, John Stratton, John Warner, Bruce Seton, Liam Redmond, Moira Lister ..
Directed by: Charles Frend
Release date: 1953-02-24
3.

Julius Caesar

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The assassination of the would be ruler of Rome at the hands of Brutus and company has tragic consequences for the idealist and the republic.

Starring: Marlon Brando, James Mason, John Gielgud, Louis Calhern, Greer Garson, Deborah Kerr, Edmond O'Brien, George Macready, Michael Pate, Richard Hale ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1953-06-04
4.

Houdini

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

By the early 1900s, the extraordinary Houdini earned an international reputation for his theatrical tricks and daring feats of extrication from shackles, ropes, handcuffs and... Scotland Yard's jails.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Janet Leigh, Torin Thatcher, Angela Clarke, Stefan Schnabel, Ian Wolfe, Sig Ruman, Michael Pate, Connie Gilchrist, Malcolm Lee Beggs ..
Directed by: George Marshall
Release date: 1953-07-02
5.

Young Bess

3.4
6.7/10 IMDB

The mother died under the executioner's axe; the daughter rose to become England's greatest monarch -- the brilliant and cunning Queen Elizabeth I. Jean Simmons portrays young Bess in this rich tapestry of a film that traces the tumultuous, danger-fraught years from Elizabeth's birth to her unexpected ascension to the throne at a mere 25. Charles Laughton reprises his Academy Award®-winning* role as her formidable father Henry VIII. Deborah Kerr plays her last stepmother (and Henry's last of six wives), gentle Catherine Parr. And Simmons' then real-life husband, Stewart Granger, adds heroics as Lord Admiral Thomas Seymour. In a resplendent world of adventure, romance and court intrigue, Young Bess reigns.

Starring: Jean Simmons, Stewart Granger, Deborah Kerr, Charles Laughton, Kay Walsh, Guy Rolfe, Kathleen Byron, Cecil Kellaway, Rex Thompson, Robert Arthur ..
Directed by: George Sidney
Release date: 1953-05-29
Best History Movies of 1953 : Malta Story
6.

Malta Story

3.2
6.5/10 IMDB

In 1942 Britain was clinging to the island of Malta since it was critical to keeping Allied supply lines open. The Axis also wanted it for their own supply lines. Plenty of realistic reenactments and archival combat footage as the British are beseiged and try to fight off the Luftwaffe. Against this background, a RAF reconnaissance photographer's romance with a local girl is endangered as he tries to plot enemy movements.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Muriel Pavlow, Anthony Steel, Renée Asherson, Flora Robson, Hugh Burden, Nigel Stock, Stuart Burge, Rosalie Crutchley ..
Directed by: Brian Desmond Hurst
Release date: 1953-06-01
Best History Movies of 1953 : The Conquest of Everest
7.

The Conquest of Everest

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A documentary of the first successful expedition to the summit of Mount Everest. New Zealand's Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay climb Mount Everest in 1953.

Starring: Meredith Edwards, Edmund Hillary, Tenzing Norgay ..
Directed by: George Lowe
Release date: 1953-12-09
Best History Movies of 1953 : The Sword and the Rose
8.

The Sword and the Rose

3.0
6.5/10 IMDB

Tells the story of Mary Tudor and her troubled path to true love. Henry VIII, for political reasons, determines to wed her to the King of France. She tries to flee to America with her love but is captured when she is "un-hatted" on board ship. In return for her consent to the marriage with France, Henry agrees to let her choose her second husband. When King Louis of France dies, Mary is kidnaped by the Duke of Buckingham. He tries to force her to marry him but she is rescued by her love in an exciting battle on the beach.

Starring: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice, Michael Gough, Peter Copley, Rosalie Crutchley, D.A. Clarke-Smith, Jane Barrett, Ernest Jay, John Vere ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1953-07-23
Best History Movies of 1953 : Slaves of Babylon
9.

Slaves of Babylon

1.3
5.4/10 IMDB

The Jews are taken from Jerusalem and made slaves by King Nebuchadnezzar. In the meantime Cyrus, king of the Persians, who has been living as a shepherd, is proclaimed king and defeats Nebuchadnezzar.

Starring: Richard Conte, Linda Christian, Maurice Schwartz, Terry Kilburn, Michael Ansara, Leslie Bradley, Ruth Storey, John Crawford, Ric Roman, Robert Griffin ..
Directed by: William Castle
Release date: 1953-10-21
Best History Movies of 1953 : Nostradamus and the Queen
10.

Nostradamus and the Queen

1.3
5.3/10 IMDB

An elderly Catherine de Medici reflects back on how the prophecies of Nostradamus accurately predicted the fates of her husband, her three sons and herself.

Starring: Carey Wilson, Grandon Rhodes, Maria Palmer, Mitchell Lewis, Forrest Taylor ..
Release date: 1953-09-29

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