Best History Movies of 1956

1.

The Ten Commandments

6.4
7.9/10 IMDB

Escaping death, a Hebrew infant is raised in a royal household to become a prince. Upon discovery of his true heritage, Moses embarks on a personal quest to reclaim his destiny as the leader and liberator of the Hebrew people.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Yul Brynner, Anne Baxter, Edward G. Robinson, Yvonne De Carlo, Debra Paget, John Derek, Cedric Hardwicke, Nina Foch, Martha Scott ..
Directed by: Cecil B. DeMille
Release date: 1956-10-05
2.

Lust for Life

5.2
7.3/10 IMDB

An intense and imaginative artist, revered Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh possesses undeniable talent, but he is plagued by mental problems and frustrations with failure. Supported by his brother, Theo, the tormented Van Gogh eventually leaves Holland for France, where he meets volatile fellow painter Paul Gauguin and struggles to find greater inspiration.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Anthony Quinn, James Donald, Pamela Brown, Everett Sloane, Niall MacGinnis, Noel Purcell, Henry Daniell, Madge Kennedy, Jill Bennett ..
Directed by: Vincente Minnelli
Release date: 1956-09-15
3.

War and Peace

4.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Napoleon's tumultuous relations with Russia including his disastrous 1812 invasion serve as the backdrop for the tangled personal lives of two aristocratic families.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Henry Fonda, Mel Ferrer, Vittorio Gassman, Herbert Lom, Oskar Homolka, Anita Ekberg, Barry Jones, May Britt, Jeremy Brett ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1956-08-21
4.

Anastasia

4.3
7.0/10 IMDB

Russian exiles in Paris plot to collect ten million pounds from the Bank of England by grooming a destitute, suicidal girl to pose as heir to the Russian throne. While Bounin is coaching her, he comes to believe that she is really Anastasia. In the end, the Empress must decide her claim.

Starring: Ingrid Bergman, Yul Brynner, Helen Hayes, Akim Tamiroff, Martita Hunt, Felix Aylmer, Sacha Pitoëff, Ivan Desny, Natalie Schafer, Grégoire Gromoff ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak
Release date: 1956-12-13
5.

Friendly Persuasion

3.8
7.3/10 IMDB

The story of a family of Quakers in Indiana in 1862. Their religious sect is strongly opposed to violence and war. It's not easy for them to meet the rules of their religion in everyday life but when Southern troops pass the area they are in real trouble. Should they fight, despite their peaceful attitude?

Starring: Gary Cooper, Dorothy McGuire, Anthony Perkins, Richard Eyer, Robert Middleton, Phyllis Love, Peter Mark Richman, Walter Catlett, Richard Hale, Joel Fluellen ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1956-11-25
6.

The Man Who Never Was

3.8
7.4/10 IMDB

The true story of a British effort to trick the Germans into weakening Sicily's defenses before the 1943 attack. A dead soldier is dressed as a British officer and outfitted with faked papers showing that the Allies were intending to invade occupied Greece. His body is put into the sea where it will ultimately drift ashore and the papers be passed along to German Intelligence.

Starring: Clifton Webb, Gloria Grahame, Robert Flemyng, Josephine Griffin, Stephen Boyd, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Cyril Cusack, André Morell, Michael Hordern ..
Directed by: Ronald Neame
Release date: 1956-04-03
7.

Reach for the Sky

3.6
7.2/10 IMDB

The true story of airman Douglas Bader who overcame the loss of both legs in a 1931 flying accident to become a successful fighter pilot and wing leader during World War II.

Starring: Kenneth More, Muriel Pavlow, Lyndon Brook, Lee Patterson, Alexander Knox, Dorothy Alison, Michael Warre, Sydney Tafler, Charles Carson, Ronald Adam ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1956-07-05
8.

The Swan

3.5
6.5/10 IMDB

Princess Beatrice's days of enjoying the regal life are numbered unless her only daughter, Princess Alexandra, makes a good impression on a distant cousin when he pays a surprise visit to their palace. Prince Albert has searched all over Europe for a bride and he's bored by the whole courtship routine. He is more interested in the estate's dairy than Alexandra's rose garden. And then he starts playing football with the tutor and Alexandra's brothers. Invite the tutor to the ball that night and watch how gracefully Alexandra dances with him.

Starring: Grace Kelly, Alec Guinness, Louis Jourdan, Agnes Moorehead, Jessie Royce Landis, Brian Aherne, Leo G. Carroll, Estelle Winwood, Van Dyke Parks, Christopher Cook ..
Directed by: Charles Vidor
Release date: 1956-04-26
9.

Bhowani Junction

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

Anglo-Indian Victoria Jones seeks her true identity amid the chaos of the British withdrawal from India.

Starring: Ava Gardner, Stewart Granger, Bill Travers, Abraham Sofaer, Francis Matthews, Alan Tilvern, Marne Maitland, Peter Illing ..
Directed by: George Cukor
Release date: 1956-05-01
10.

Helen of Troy

3.3
6.1/10 IMDB

Prince Paris of Troy, shipwrecked on a mission to the king of Sparta, meets and falls for Queen Helen before he knows who she is. Rudely received by the royal Greeks, he must flee...but fate and their mutual passions lead him to take Helen along. This gives the Greeks just the excuse they need for much-desired war.

Starring: Rossana Podestà, Cedric Hardwicke, Jacques Sernas, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Nora Swinburne, Robert Douglas, Torin Thatcher, Harry Andrews, Janette Scott ..
Directed by: Robert Wise
Release date: 1956-01-26
11.

Alexander the Great

3.1
5.8/10 IMDB

He was a fierce military commander who led huge armies into battle without a single defeat; a magnificent warrior who many believed was part god - this was Alexander the Great (Richard Burton), the legendary Greek hero hailed by his countrymen as "The King of Kings". Born in 356 B.C. into a turbulent world of political unrest, educated by Aristotle (Barry Jones) and chosen to lead his people in the grand tradition of his powerful father (Fredric March), this glamorous world conqueror rose above all conflict to unite the continents of Europe and Asia to become one of the most celebrated rulers of all time! Written, produced and directed by Oscar - winner Robert Rossen and featuring the extraordinary Claire Bloom and a remarkable cast of thousands, this stunning portrait of one of history's most fascinating figures is colossal entertainment and an amazing spectacle.

Starring: Richard Burton, Fredric March, Claire Bloom, Barry Jones, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Niall MacGinnis, Peter Cushing, Michael Hordern, Danielle Darrieux ..
Directed by: Robert Rossen
Release date: 1956-03-28
Best History Movies of 1956 : The Bold and the Brave
12.

The Bold and the Brave

2.8
6.0/10 IMDB

An assortment of American types come together in the Italian campaign of 1944.

Starring: Wendell Corey, Mickey Rooney, Don Taylor, Nicole Maurey, John Smith, Race Gentry, Wright King, Stanley Adams, Bobs Watson, Tara Summers ..
Directed by: Lewis R. Foster
Release date: 1956-01-04
Best History Movies of 1956 : A Hill in Korea
13.

A Hill in Korea

2.7
6.1/10 IMDB

Based on real events, A Hill in Korea charts the fortunes of a small group of British soldiers serving in the Korean War. Out on a routine patrol, the soldiers find that Chinese troop movements have cut them off from their own lines. They try to fight their way back to safety but with the enemy surrounding them on all sides, the prospects look bleak. Facing almost insurmountable odds, they decide to stand a fight.

Starring: George Baker, Harry Andrews, Stanley Baker, Michael Medwin, Stephen Boyd, Victor Maddern, Harry Landis, Robert Brown, Barry Lowe, Robert Shaw ..
Directed by: Julian Amyes
Release date: 1956-09-18
Best History Movies of 1956 : History of the Cinema
14.

History of the Cinema

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

A humorously semi-factual account of the history of cinema.

Starring: Maurice Denham ..
Directed by: John Halas
Release date: 1956-07-31
Best History Movies of 1956 : Toward the Unknown
15.

Toward the Unknown

2.7
6.5/10 IMDB

Tortured into a false confession while a POW in Korea, Major Lincoln Bond returns to active service as a test pilot. Determined to clear his name, Bond battles a hard-nosed base commander, prejudiced officers and his own insecurities.

Starring: William Holden, Lloyd Nolan, Virginia Leith, Charles McGraw, Murray Hamilton, Paul Fix, James Garner, L. Q. Jones, Karen Steele, Bartlett Robinson ..
Directed by: Mervyn LeRoy
Release date: 1956-09-27
16.

Diane

2.6
6.1/10 IMDB

Asked by Francis I to tutor his son, Diane de Poitiers becomes the future King Henry II's mistress in 1500s France.

Starring: Lana Turner, Pedro Armendáriz, Roger Moore, Marisa Pavan, Cedric Hardwicke, Torin Thatcher, Taina Elg, John Lupton, Henry Daniell, Ronald Green ..
Directed by: David Miller
Release date: 1956-01-12
Best History Movies of 1956 : The First Texan
17.

The First Texan

2.6
6.2/10 IMDB

After arriving in Texas to escape a scandal back east, lawyer Sam Houston just wants to hang out his shingle, keep a low profile, and stay out of any political intrigue. However, when President Jackson personally orders him to lead the fight for Texan independence, he overcomes his reluctance to become involved and leads his compatriots to a string of victories over the Mexican army.

Starring: Joel McCrea, Felicia Farr, Jeff Morrow, Wallace Ford, Abraham Sofaer, Jody McCrea, Chubby Johnson, William Hopper, Dayton Lummis, Rodolfo Hoyos Jr. ..
Directed by: Byron Haskin
Release date: 1956-06-29
Best History Movies of 1956 : I Never Forget a Face
18.

I Never Forget a Face

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

This Warner Bros. vignette features short snippets about well known people. It includes presidential candidate Warren Harding and his front porch campaign in his home town of Marion, Ohio where Al Jolson sang to the crowd; his successor, Calvin Coolidge; William Jennings Bryan at the 1920 Democratic convention where FDR was selected as the Vice Presidential candidate; the visit of the Prince of Wales; the so-called monkey trial that pitted Clarence Darrow against Bryan; Richard Bird as he trained for his flight over the North Pole; and finally George Bernard Shaw on a visit to America.

Starring: Dwight Weist, Ward Wilson ..
Directed by: Robert Youngson
Release date: 1956-04-28
Best History Movies of 1956 : Island of Allah
19.

Island of Allah

1.4
6.0/10 IMDB

An old Bedouin tells the story of the twenty-three year old Prince Abdul Aziz ibn Saud’s daring raid on Riyadh to geologists exploring the deserts of Saudi Arabia.

Starring: Fredric March, Fatima Bint Ali, Albert Clements, Ira Constad, Zafir Hussaini, John R. Jones, Nasir Ibn Mubarak, Isa Sabbagh, Said Shawa, James E. Stewart ..
Directed by: Richard Lyford
Release date: 1956-06-26
Best History Movies of 1956 : Du und mancher Kamerad
20.

Du und mancher Kamerad

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Found footage documentary about the rise of the nazi party and the second world war.

Directed by: Andrew Thorndike, Annelie Thorndike
Release date: 1956-08-30
Best History Movies of 1956 : New York Premiere Telecast 'Giant'
21.

New York Premiere Telecast 'Giant'

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Star studded charity New York premiere of the film Giant

Starring: Jayne Meadows, Chill Wills, Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, Natalie Wood, Joanne Woodward, Carroll Baker, Dennis Hopper, George Stevens Jr., Virginia Graham ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1956-10-09
22.

The Battle of the River Plate

0.0
6.6/10 IMDB

In the early years of the World War II, the Royal Navy is fighting a desperate battle to keep the Atlantic convoy routes open to supply the British Isles, facing the great danger posed by the many German warships, such as the Admiral Graf Spee, which are scouring the ocean for cargo ships to sink.

Starring: John Gregson, Anthony Quayle, Peter Finch, Ian Hunter, Jack Gwillim, Bernard Lee, Lionel Murton, Anthony Bushell, Peter Illing, Michael Goodliffe ..
Directed by: Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger
Release date: 1956-10-30

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