Best History Movies of 1958

1.

The Vikings

5.1
7.1/10 IMDB

Viking half-brothers fight over a throne and a beautiful captive.

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: 1958-06-28
2.

A Night to Remember

4.8
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: 1958-12-16
3.

I Was Monty's Double

3.7
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 ..
Directed by: John Guillermin
Release date: 1958-10-21
4.

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
5.

The Buccaneer

3.5
6.5/10 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
6.

Machine-Gun Kelly

3.3
6.2/10 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
7.

Orders to Kill

3.1
7.1/10 IMDB

A grounded American figter 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 ..
Directed by: Anthony Asquith
Release date: 1958-07-25
Best History Movies of 1958 : The Camp on Blood Island
8.

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: 1958-06-11
9.

The Winslow Boy

1.7
7.3/10 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
10.

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

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