Best History Movies of 1955

1.

Richard III

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

Having helped his brother King Edward IV take the throne of England, the jealous hunchback Richard, Duke of York, plots to seize power for himself. Masterfully deceiving and plotting against nearly everyone in the royal court, including his eventual wife, Lady Anne, and his brother George, Duke of Clarence, Richard orchestrates a bloody rise to power before finding all his gains jeopardized by those he betrayed.

Starring: Cedric Hardwicke, Nicholas Hannen, Laurence Olivier, Ralph Richardson, John Gielgud, Mary Kerridge, Pamela Brown, Paul Huson, Stewart Allen, Claire Bloom ..
Directed by: Laurence Olivier
Release date: 1955-12-13
Best History Movies of 1955 : To Hell and Back
2.

To Hell and Back

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

The true WWII story of Audie Murphy, the most decorated soldier in U.S. history. Based on the autobiography of Audie Murphy who stars as himself in the film.

Starring: Audie Murphy, Marshall Thompson, Charles Drake, Gregg Palmer, David Janssen, Denver Pyle, Jack Kelly, Paul Picerni, Paul Langton, Brett Halsey ..
Directed by: Jesse Hibbs
Release date: 1955-09-22
3.

Land of the Pharaohs

3.4
6.6/10 IMDB

In ancient Egypt the Pharaoh Khufu is obsessed with acquiring gold and plans to take it all with him into the "second life." To this end he enlists the aid of Vashtar, an architect whose people are enslaved in Egypt. The deal: build a robbery-proof tomb and the enslaved people will be freed. During the years that the pyramid is being built a Cyprian princess becomes the pharaoh's second wife, and she plots to prevent Khufu from taking his treasure with him when he dies .. as well as helping him make the journey early.

Starring: Jack Hawkins, Joan Collins, Dewey Martin, Alex Minotis, James Robertson Justice, Luisella Boni, Sydney Chaplin, James Hayter, Kerima, Piero Giagnoni ..
Directed by: Howard Hawks
Release date: 1955-07-24
Best History Movies of 1955 : The Last Command
4.

The Last Command

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

During the Texas War of Independence of 1836 American frontiersman and pioneer Jim Bowie pleads for caution with the rebellious Texicans.They don't heed his advice since he's a Mexican citizen,married to the daughter of the Mexican vice-governor of the province and a friend to General Santa Anna since the days they had fought together for Mexico's independence.After serving as president for 22 years,Santa Anna has become too powerful and arrogant.He rules Mexico with an iron fist and he would not allow Texas to self-govern.Bowie sides with the Texans in their bid for independence and urges a cautious strategy,given Santa Anna's power and cunning.Despite the disagreement between the Texicans and Bowie regarding the right strategy they ask Bowie to lead them in a last ditch stand, at Alamo, against General Santa Anna's numerically superior forces.

Starring: Sterling Hayden, Anna Maria Alberghetti, Richard Carlson, Arthur Hunnicutt, Ernest Borgnine, J. Carrol Naish, Ben Cooper, John Russell, Virginia Grey, Jim Davis ..
Directed by: Frank Lloyd
Release date: 1955-08-03
Best History Movies of 1955 : Quentin Durward
5.

Quentin Durward

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

During the 15th century reign of France's King Louis XI, a young Scottish man is sent by his English Lord to woo a French lady on his behalf. The plan goes awry when the young man falls in love with her. Based on the classic novel by Sir Walter Scott.

Starring: Robert Taylor, Kay Kendall, Robert Morley, George Cole, Alec Clunes, Duncan Lamont, Laya Raki, Marius Goring, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Eric Pohlmann ..
Directed by: Richard Thorpe
Release date: 1955-11-23
Best History Movies of 1955 : Orchard Street
6.

Orchard Street

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

This short film documents the daily life of the goings-on on Orchard Street, a commercial street in the Lower East Side New York City.

Directed by: Ken Jacobs
Release date: 1955-12-31
7.

The Scarlet Coat

2.8
6.3/10 IMDB

A Colonial major (Cornel Wilde) turns traitor to catch a British spy (Michael Wilding) plotting with Benedict Arnold.

Starring: Cornel Wilde, Michael Wilding, George Sanders, Anne Francis, Robert Douglas, John McIntire, Rhys Williams, John Dehner, Bobby Driscoll ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1955-07-29
Best History Movies of 1955 : The Far Horizons
8.

The Far Horizons

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

United States has just acquired Louisiana from France. An expedition led by Lewis and Clark is sent to survey the territory and go where no white man has gone before. Are they able to overcome the dangers with the help of Sacajawea?

Starring: Fred MacMurray, Charlton Heston, Donna Reed, Barbara Hale, William Demarest, Alan Reed, Eduardo Noriega, Larry Pennell, Argentina Brunetti ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1955-05-20
9.

Captain Lightfoot

2.7
6.2/10 IMDB

A boggy swashbuckler of Irish freedom-fighter Michael Martin.

Starring: Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush, Jeff Morrow, Kathleen Ryan, Finlay Currie, Denis O'Dea, Geoffrey Toone, Hilton Edwards, Sheila Brennan, Charles B. Fitzsimons ..
Directed by: Douglas Sirk
Release date: 1955-03-26
Best History Movies of 1955 : The Battle of Gettysburg
10.

The Battle of Gettysburg

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

This film was shot entirely at the Gettysburg National Military Park, where the decisive battle of the American Civil War was fought. Leslie Nielsen narrates the story while contemporary songs and the sounds of battle are heard in the background. The sites of the various engagements, the statues of the leaders of the Northern and Southern troops, and the battlefield cemetery are featured. President Abraham Lincoln's Gettysburg Address is read at the end.

Starring: Leslie Nielsen ..
Directed by: Herman Hoffman
Release date: 1955-12-01

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