Best History Movies of 1957


The Bridge on the River Kwai

8.2/10 IMDB

The classic story of English POWs in Burma forced to build a bridge to aid the war effort of their Japanese captors. British and American intelligence officers conspire to blow up the structure, but Col. Nicholson , the commander who supervised the bridge's construction, has acquired a sense of pride in his creation and tries to foil their plans.

Starring: William Holden, Alec Guinness, Jack Hawkins, Sessue Hayakawa, James Donald, Geoffrey Horne, André Morell, Peter Williams, John Boxer, Percy Herbert ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1957-10-11

The Spirit of St. Louis

7.1/10 IMDB

Charles 'Slim' Lindbergh struggles to finance and design an airplane that will make his New York to Paris flight the first solo trans-Atlantic crossing.

Starring: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson, Marc Connelly, Arthur Space, Charles Watts, Johnny Lee, Griff Barnett, Richard Deacon ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1957-04-01
Best History Movies of 1957 : The One That Got Away

The One That Got Away

7.1/10 IMDB

Based on the true story of Oberleutnant Franz von Werra, the only german prisoner of war captured in Britain to escape back to Germany during the Second World War.

Starring: Hardy Krüger, Colin Gordon, Michael Goodliffe, Terence Alexander, Jack Gwillim, Andrew Faulds, Julian Somers, Alec McCowen, Harry Lockart, Robert Crewdson ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1957-11-22

Band of Angels

6.5/10 IMDB

Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widowed father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly Amantha's world is turned upside down. She learns that her father had been living on borrowed money and that her mother was actually a slave and her father's mistress.

Starring: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., Rex Reason, Patric Knowles, Torin Thatcher, Andrea King, Ray Teal, Noreen Corcoran ..
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1957-08-03
Best History Movies of 1957 : Ill Met by Moonlight

Ill Met by Moonlight

6.5/10 IMDB

Led by British officers, partisans on Crete plan to kidnap the island's German commander and smuggle him to Cairo to embarrass the occupiers.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Marius Goring, David Oxley, Dimitri Andreas, Cyril Cusack, Laurence Payne, Wolfe Morris, Michael Gough, John Cairney, Paul Stassino ..
Directed by: Emeric Pressburger, Michael Powell
Release date: 1957-01-31
Best History Movies of 1957 : Saint Joan

Saint Joan

6.4/10 IMDB

Young Joan of Arc comes to the palace in France to make The Dauphin King of France and is appointed to head the French Army. After winning many battles she is not needed any longer and soon she is thought of as a witch.

Starring: Jean Seberg, Richard Widmark, Richard Todd, Adolf Wohlbrück, John Gielgud, Felix Aylmer, Archie Duncan, Harry Andrews, Margot Grahame, Barry Jones ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1957-05-08

The Pride and the Passion

5.7/10 IMDB

During the Napoleonic Wars, when the French have occupied Spain, some Spanish guerrilla soldiers are going to move a big cannon across Spain in order to help the British defeat the French. A British officer is there to accompany the Spanish and along the way, he falls in love with the leader's girl.

Starring: Cary Grant, Frank Sinatra, Sophia Loren, Theodore Bikel, John Wengraf, Jay Novello, José Nieto, Carlos Larrañaga, Philip Van Zandt, Paco El Laberinto ..
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1957-07-10

Albert Schweitzer

6.1/10 IMDB

This biographical drama/part-time documentary, narrative written by Dr. Albert Schweitzer and spoken by Frederic March, traces the life of Dr. Schweitzer (with actors playing the characters), from his birth in France up to about the age of 30 when he makes the decision to go to French Equatorial Africa and build his jungle hospital. The latter half of the film encompasses a full day in the hospital-village following the 80s-plus Samaritan in his daily rounds.

Starring: Fredric March, Albert Schweitzer, Phillip Eckert, Adele Woytt, Burgess Meredith, Helene Schweitzer ..
Directed by: Jerome Hill
Release date: 1957-11-22
Best History Movies of 1957 : City of Gold

City of Gold

7.2/10 IMDB

This classic short film depicts the Klondike gold rush at its peak, when would-be prospectors struggled through harsh conditions to reach the fabled gold fields over 3000 km north of civilization. Using a collection of still photographs, the film juxtaposes the Dawson City at the height of the gold rush with its bustling taverns and dance halls with the more tranquil Dawson City of the present.

Starring: Pierre Berton ..
Directed by: Wolf Koenig, Colin Low
Release date: 1957-01-01

The Barretts of Wimpole Street

6.4/10 IMDB

Director Sidney Franklin's 1957 remake of his own 1934 film, about the romance of poets Elizabeth Barrett and Robert Browning.

Starring: Jennifer Jones, Bill Travers, John Gielgud, Virginia McKenna, Maxine Audley, Susan Stephen, Lesley Scoble, Keith Baxter ..
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1957-01-16
Best History Movies of 1957 : Mayerling


6.0/10 IMDB

Mayerling is the name of a notorious Austrian village linked to a romantic tragedy. At a royal hunting lodge there, in 1889, Crown Prince Rudolf--desperate over his father's command to put away his teenage mistress, the Baroness Marie Vetsera--shot her to death and killed himself. The misfortune may indeed have been a murder-suicide, but perhaps it was a political assassination, or even the result of a lunatic family vendetta: scholarship is still catching up with the facts.

Starring: Audrey Hepburn, Mel Ferrer, Raymond Massey, Basil Sydney, Diana Wynyard, Judith Evelyn, Isobel Elsom, Nehemiah Persoff, Lorne Greene, David Opatoshu ..
Directed by: Anatole Litvak, Kirk Browning
Release date: 1957-02-04
Best History Movies of 1957 : Raiders of Old California

Raiders of Old California

5.6/10 IMDB

A villainous cavalry officer is trying to force the owner of a hacienda to give him his land when a courageous settler comes to the rescue.

Starring: Jim Davis, Arleen Whelan, Faron Young, Lee Van Cleef, Marty Robbins, Louis Jean Heydt, Harry Lauter, Douglas Fowley, Lawrence Dobkin, Bill Coontz ..
Directed by: Albert C. Gannaway
Release date: 1957-11-01
Best History Movies of 1957 : I am Catherine

I am Catherine

7.0/10 IMDB

The story of the life of St. Catherine of Siena

Starring: Nora Visconti ..
Directed by: Oreste Palella
Release date: 1957-03-07
Best History Movies of 1957 : Wolfe and Montcalm

Wolfe and Montcalm

0.0/10 IMDB

Two generals prepare for battle at the Plains of Abraham.

Starring: William Needles, Basil Fitzgibbon, Norman Ettlinger, Ivor Barry, Alan Mills ..
Directed by: Allan Wargon
Release date: 1957-01-01

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