Best History Movies of 1957


The Bridge on the River Kwai


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
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1957-10-02

The One That Got Away


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
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1957-11-22

The Spirit of St. Louis


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

Starring: James Stewart, Murray Hamilton, Patricia Smith, Bartlett Robinson, Marc Connelly
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1957-04-19

The Pride and the Passion


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
Directed by: Stanley Kramer
Release date: 1957-07-10

Lost Children

Lost Children
Lost Children (Czech: Ztracenci) is a Czechoslovak war film directed by Miloš Makovec. It was entered into the 1957 Cannes Film Festival.
Directed by: Miloš Makovec
Release date: 1957-05-01

The Barretts of Wimpole Street


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
Directed by: Sidney Franklin
Release date: 1957-01-16

Saint Joan

Saint Joan
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
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1957-05-08

City of Gold

City of Gold
This classic short film from Pierre Berton 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

Raiders of Old California

Raiders of Old California
In this western set in the Mexican controlled part of California, 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
Directed by: Albert C. Gannaway
Release date: 1957-11-01

Band of Angels


Living in Kentucky prior to the Civil War, Amantha Starr is a privileged young woman. Her widower father, a wealthy plantation owner, dotes on her and he sends her to the best schools. When he dies suddenly however, 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. The plantation is to be sold to pay off her father's debts and as the daughter of slave, Amatha is also to be sold as property. She is bought by a Louisiana plantation owner, Hamish Bond and over time she grows to love him until she learns he was a slave-trader. She tries again to become part of white society but realizes that her future lies elsewhere.

Starring: Clark Gable, Yvonne De Carlo, Sidney Poitier, Efrem Zimbalist, Jr., Rex Reason
Directed by: Raoul Walsh
Release date: 1957-08-03

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