Best History Movies of 1958

1.

A Night to Remember

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

The sinking of the Titanic is presented in a highly realistic fashion in this tense British drama. The disaster is portrayed largely from the perspective of the ocean liner's second officer, Charles Lightoller. Despite numerous warnings about ice, the ship sails on, with Capt. Edward John Smith keeping it going at a steady clip. When the doomed vessel finally hits an iceberg, the crew and passengers discover that they lack enough lifeboats, and tragedy follows.

Starring: Kenneth More, Ronald Allen, Robert Ayres, Honor Blackman, Anthony Bushell, John Cairney, Jill Dixon, Jane Downs, James Dyrenforth, Michael Goodliffe ..
Directed by: Roy Ward Baker
Release date: 1958-07-03
2.

The Vikings

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Einar, brutal son of Ragnar and future heir to his throne, tangles with Eric, a wily slave, for the hand of a beautiful English maiden.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis, Ernest Borgnine, Janet Leigh, James Donald, Orson Welles, Alexander Knox, Maxine Audley, Frank Thring, Eileen Way ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer
Release date: 1958-06-11
3.

A Tale of Two Cities

3.6
7.1/10 IMDB

British barrister Sydney Carton lives an insubstantial and unhappy life. He falls under the spell of Lucie Manette, but Lucie marries Charles Darnay. When Darnay goes to Paris to rescue an imprisoned family retainer, he becomes entangled in the snares of the brutal French Revolution and is himself jailed and condemned to the guillotine. But Sydney Carton, in love with a woman he cannot have, comes up with a daring plan to save her husband.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, Dorothy Tutin, Paul Guers, Marie Versini, Ian Bannen, Cecil Parker, Stephen Murray, Athene Seyler, Alfie Bass, Sacha Pitoëff ..
Directed by: Ralph Thomas
Release date: 1958-02-07
4.

I Was Monty's Double

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

The incredible but true story of how an impersonator was recruited to impersonate General Montgomery to mislead the German's about his intentions before the North Africa campaign.

Starring: John Mills, Cecil Parker, Sid James, Bryan Forbes, Barbara Hicks, Michael Hordern, Marius Goring, Vera Day, M.E. Clifton James, Patrick Allen ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1958-10-21
Best History Movies of 1958 : The Incredible Turk
5.

The Incredible Turk

3.5
8.8/10 IMDB

This film is about Mustafa Kemal Ataturk and the modernization of the Turkish Republic.

Starring: Walter Cronkite, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk ..
Release date: 1958-07-01
Best History Movies of 1958 : St. Louis Blues
6.

St. Louis Blues

3.4
7.1/10 IMDB

Will Handy grows up in Memphis with his preacher father and his Aunt Hagar. His father intends for him to use his musical gifts only in church, but he can't stay away from the music of the streets and workers. After he writes a theme song for a local politician, Gogo, a speakeasy singer, convinces Will to be her accompanist. Will is estranged from his father for many years while he writes and publishes many blues songs. At last the family is reunited when Gogo brings them to New York to see Will's music played by a symphony orchestra.

Starring: Nat King Cole, Eartha Kitt, Cab Calloway, Ella Fitzgerald, Mahalia Jackson, Ruby Dee, Juano Hernández, Teddy Buckner, Barney Bigard, George 'Red' Callender ..
Directed by: Allen Reisner
Release date: 1958-04-07
7.

The Buccaneer

3.4
6.4/10 IMDB

During the War of 1812 against Britain: General Andrew Jackson has only 1,200 men left to defend New Orleans when he learns that a British fleet will arrive with 60 ships and 16,000 men to take the city. In this situation an island near the city becomes strategically important to both parties, but it's inhabited by the last big buccaneer: Jean Lafitte. Although Lafitte never attacks American ships, the governor hates him for selling merchandise without taxes - and is loved by the citizens for the same reason. When the big fight gets nearer, Lafitte is drawn between the fronts. His heart belongs to America, but his people urge him to join the party that's more likely to win.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Claire Bloom, Inger Stevens, Charlton Heston, Charles Boyer, Henry Hull, Lorne Greene, E.G. Marshall, Ted de Corsia, Douglass Dumbrille ..
Directed by: Anthony Quinn
Release date: 1958-12-11
8.

Machine-Gun Kelly

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

George Kelly is angry at the world and scared to death of dying. A career bank robber, Kelly gets his confidence from his Thompson SMG and his girl Flo. After a botched robbery, Flo, Kelly and his gang try their hand at a more lucrative job: kidnapping.

Starring: Charles Bronson, Susan Cabot, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Devon, Jack Lambert, Frank De Kova, Connie Gilchrist, Wally Campo, Barboura Morris, Lori Martin ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1958-05-01
Best History Movies of 1958 : I Accuse!
9.

I Accuse!

3.1
7.2/10 IMDB

Alfred Dreyfus, a German-Jewish captain serving in the French Army, is falsely accused of treason and made a scapegoat for military espionage in an act of institutional anti-Semitism. Sent to prison, he becomes a cause célèbre for the novelist Émile Zola, who dubs it the "Dreyfus Affair." Eventually, Dreyfus is pardoned when the military cover-up is made public, and he returns to France. But his name is forever tarnished by the accusations of treason.

Starring: José Ferrer, Viveca Lindfors, Emlyn Williams, Adolf Wohlbrück, Leo Genn, David Farrar, Herbert Lom, Harry Andrews, Donald Wolfit, Felix Aylmer ..
Directed by: José Ferrer
Release date: 1958-03-05
Best History Movies of 1958 : Orders to Kill
10.

Orders to Kill

3.0
7.1/10 IMDB

A grounded American fighter pilot is switched to espionage on a special job in which he must kill a small-time Paris lawyer suspected of double-crossing France by selling out radio operators to the Nazis.

Starring: Eddie Albert, Paul Massie, Lillian Gish, James Robertson Justice, Irene Worth, Leslie French, John Crawford, Lionel Jeffries, Anne Blake, Nicholas Phipps ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1958-07-25
Best History Movies of 1958 : The Camp on Blood Island
11.

The Camp on Blood Island

2.8
6.5/10 IMDB

Set in a Japanese prisoner of war camp during World War II, the film focuses on the brutality and horror that the allied prisoners were exposed to as the Japanese metered out subjugation and punishment to a disgraced and defeated enemy. This harrowing drama concentrates on the deviations of legal and moral definitions when two opposing cultures clash. Although fictional, this was one of the earliest films to deal realistically with life and death in a Japanese prisoner-of-war camp during the Second War.

Starring: André Morell, Carl Möhner, Walter Fitzgerald, Edward Underdown, Phil Brown, Barbara Shelley, Michael Goodliffe, Michael Gwynn, Ronald Radd, Marne Maitland ..
Directed by: Val Guest
Release date: 1958-04-15
Best History Movies of 1958 : The Silent Enemy
12.

The Silent Enemy

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

The Mediterranean, 1941/42 - Axis forces are using frogmen and manned torpedoes to attack previously impregnable harbours. The Allied forces need to come up with something to answer this threat, which they find in the form of Lt. Lionel "Buster" Crabb.

Starring: Laurence Harvey, Michael Craig, Dawn Addams, John Clements, Sid James, Alec McCowen, Nigel Stock, Ian Whittaker, Arnoldo Foà, Gianna Maria Canale ..
Directed by: William Fairchild
Release date: 1958-03-04
13.

Underwater Warrior

2.4
5.0/10 IMDB

Based upon the life of Commander Francic D. Fane (USNR), UnderWater Warrior follows the evolution of the US Navy's Underwater Demolition Unit from its inception near the end of World War II through its acceptance and finally successful utilization in Korea. Landmark underwater camera work makes Underwater Warrior a milestone in cinematic history.

Starring: Dan Dailey, James Gregory, Ross Martin, Claire Kelly, Raymond Bailey, Alex Gerry ..
Directed by: Andrew Marton
Release date: 1958-02-14
14.

The Winslow Boy

1.6
6.8/10 IMDB

In pre-WW1 England, a youngster is expelled from a naval academy over a petty theft, but his parents raise a political furor by demanding a trial.

Starring: Peter Bathurst, Florence Eldridge, Denholm Elliott, Norah Howard, Fredric March, Siobhán McKenna, John Milligan, Rex Thompson, John Warner, Noel Willman ..
Directed by: Alex Segal
Release date: 1958-11-13
Best History Movies of 1958 : Manhunt in the Jungle
15.

Manhunt in the Jungle

1.5
6.3/10 IMDB

British Cmdr. George M. Dyott searches the 1928 Amazon for lost explorer Col. P.H. Fawcett.

Starring: Robin Hughes, Luis Álvarez ..
Directed by: Tom McGowan
Release date: 1958-04-10
Best History Movies of 1958 : The Happy Island
16.

The Happy Island

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The Happy Island looks at the work of the London Missionary Society on Gemo (now Hanudamua) Island in Port Moresby harbour, Papua New Guinea, which from 1937-1974 treated people who suffered from infectious diseases, mainly leprosy and tuberculosis. The film offers insight into the attitudes and practices of Christian missionaries of that time. Despite the colonial paternalism that underpins the Missionary Society’s model of care, the film tells the story of a happy, active community, as it follows the lives of the patients, their families and the dedicated staff, all of whom live, work and socialise on the island together.

Directed by: Ann Gurr
Release date: 1958-03-10

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