Best History Movies of 1959



8.1/10 IMDB

In 25 AD,Judah Ben-Hur, a Jew in ancient Judea, opposes the occupying Roman empire. Falsely accused by a Roman childhood friend-turned-overlord of trying to kill the Roman governor, he is put into slavery and his mother and sister are taken away as prisoners. Three years later and freed by a grateful Roman galley commander whom he has rescued from drowning, he becomes an expert charioteer for Rome, all the while plotting to return to Judea, find and rescue his family, and avenge himself on his former friend. All the while, the form and work of Jesus move in the background of his life...

Starring: Charlton Heston, Jack Hawkins, Haya Harareet, Stephen Boyd, Hugh Griffith, Martha Scott, Cathy O'Donnell, Frank Thring, Sam Jaffe, Ady Berber ..
Directed by: William Wyler
Release date: 1959-11-18

The Diary of Anne Frank

7.4/10 IMDB

The true, harrowing story of a young Jewish girl who, with her family and their friends, is forced into hiding in an attic in Nazi-occupied Amsterdam.

Starring: Millie Perkins, Joseph Schildkraut, Shelley Winters, Richard Beymer, Gusti Huber, Lou Jacobi, Diane Baker, Douglas Spencer, Dodie Heath, Ed Wynn ..
Directed by: George Stevens
Release date: 1959-03-18

The Horse Soldiers

7.1/10 IMDB

A Union Cavalry outfit is sent behind confederate lines in strength to destroy a rail supply center. Along with them is sent a doctor who causes instant antipathy between him and the commander. The secret plan for the mission is overheard by a southern belle who must be taken along to assure her silence.

Starring: John Wayne, William Holden, Constance Towers, Judson Pratt, Hoot Gibson, Ken Curtis, Willis Bouchey, Bing Russell, O. Z. Whitehead, Hank Worden ..
Directed by: John Ford
Release date: 1959-06-11

The Devil's Disciple

7.0/10 IMDB

In a small New England town during the American War of Independence, Dick Dudgeon, a revolutionary American Puritan, is mistaken for local minister Rev. Anthony Anderson and arrested by the British. Dick discovers himself incapable of accusing another human to suffer and continues to masquerade as the reverend.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Janette Scott, Eva Le Gallienne, Harry Andrews, Basil Sydney, George Rose, Neil McCallum, Mervyn Johns ..
Directed by: Guy Hamilton
Release date: 1959-08-20

Pork Chop Hill

7.1/10 IMDB

Korean War, April 1953. Lieutenant Clemons, leader of the King company of the United States Infantry, is ordered to recapture Pork Chop Hill, occupied by a powerful Chinese Army force, while, just seventy miles away, at nearby the village of Panmunjom, a tense cease-fire conference is celebrated.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Harry Guardino, Rip Torn, George Peppard, James Edwards, Bob Steele, Carl Benton Reid, Woody Strode, George Shibata, Norman Fell ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone
Release date: 1959-05-29

Solomon and Sheba

6.1/10 IMDB

Under the rule of King David, Israel is united and prosperous although surrounded by enemies including Egypt and its allies. The aging King David favors his younger son, Solomon, as his successor, but David's elder son Prince Adonijah, a warrior, declares himself King. When David learns of this, he publicly announces Solomon to be his successor. Adonijah and Joab, his general, withdraw in rage. Israel prospers under King Solomon's wise and benevolent rule and is seen as a threat to more tyrannical monarchs in the region. The Pharaoh of Egypt agrees to cede a Red Sea port to the Queen of Sheba in a plot to undermine Solomon's rule. Sheba is to seduce Solomon and introduce Sheban pagan worship into Jerusalem. Meanwhile, Prince Adonijah, now banished, also conspires with Pharaoh and is given an army to defeat Solomon. The film is a highly fictionalized dramatization of events depicted in The Bible -- First Kings chapter 10 and Second Chronicles chapter 9.

Starring: Yul Brynner, Gina Lollobrigida, George Sanders, Marisa Pavan, David Farrar, John Crawford, Finlay Currie, Harry Andrews, José Nieto, Maruchi Fresno ..
Directed by: King Vidor
Release date: 1959-12-25

The Stranglers of Bombay

6.2/10 IMDB

In 1826 British-ruled India, the secret Cult of Thugee demonstrates their worship of their goddess, Kali, by the mutilation and mass murder of thousands of Indians while pirating the shipments of the British East-Indian Tea Company. As the British military leaders play down the implications of the piracy and disappearances, a lone captain realizes that they are not just coincidence and sets out to uncover the source of the deviltry, at the risk of his career. Based on history.

Starring: Guy Rolfe, Allan Cuthbertson, Andrew Cruickshank, George Pastell, Marne Maitland, Jan Holden, Paul Stassino, Marie Devereux, John Harvey, Roger Delgado ..
Directed by: Terence Fisher
Release date: 1959-12-04

John Paul Jones

6.3/10 IMDB

The career of Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones, from his youth in Scotland through his service to Catherine the Great of Russia.

Starring: Robert Stack, Marisa Pavan, Charles Coburn, Erin O'Brien, Bette Davis, Macdonald Carey, Jean-Pierre Aumont, David Farrar, Peter Cushing, Susana Canales ..
Directed by: John Farrow
Release date: 1959-06-16
Best History Movies of 1959 : The Peter Tchaikovsky Story

The Peter Tchaikovsky Story

6.8/10 IMDB

The story of young Tchaikovsky through the premiere of his "Sleeping Beauty" ballet.

Starring: Grant Williams, Rex Hill, Leon Askin, Lilyan Chauvin, Narda Onyx, John Banner ..
Directed by: Charles Barton
Release date: 1959-06-29

Operation Amsterdam

6.4/10 IMDB

When Germany invades Holland in 1940, a British intelligence officer and two Dutch diamond merchants go to Amsterdam to persuade the Dutch diamond merchants to evacuate their diamond supplies to England.

Starring: Peter Finch, Eva Bartok, Tony Britton, Alexander Knox, Malcolm Keen, Christopher Rhodes, Alfred Burke, Carl Jaffe, Melvyn Hayes, Oscar Quitak ..
Directed by: Michael McCarthy
Release date: 1959-01-01

Thunder in the Sun

5.5/10 IMDB

A band of Basque immigrants treks through the Old West toward California, where they hope to put down roots and open wineries. When the group's leader dies, his widow Gabrielle marries his brother in accordance with Basque tradition. But it's a loveless union; Gabrielle is smitten with Lon Bennett, the scout who's been hired to guide them on their journey.

Starring: Susan Hayward, Jeff Chandler, Jacques Bergerac, Carl Esmond, Blanche Yurka, Fortunio Bonanova, Bertrand Castelli, Felix Locher, Albert Carrier, Michèle Marly ..
Directed by: Russell Rouse
Release date: 1959-04-08
Best History Movies of 1959 : The Killers of Mussolini

The Killers of Mussolini

7.5/10 IMDB

As the Salo Republic crumbles around him, Mussolini, along with his mistress and several of his ministers flee with retreating Nazi soldiers, but are caught at the town of Dongo by red partisans. All are brutally executed without trial.

Starring: Nehemiah Persoff, Harry Guardino, Michael Ansara, Ilka Windish, John Dehner, Eduardo Ciannelli, Lawrence Dobkin, Frank Puglia, Erika Remberg, Arthur Batanides ..
Directed by: Buzz Kulik
Release date: 1959-06-04
Best History Movies of 1959 : Desert Desperadoes

Desert Desperadoes

4.6/10 IMDB

A caravan guarded by Roman soldiers comes across a woman bound to a stake and left to die. A wealthy merchant who hired the caravan is against taking The Woman along, but the commander of the soldiers, Verrus, overrules him. Verrus tries to get friendly with her, promising all kinds of wealth for her favors. The caravan encounters a group of Jdean refugees fleeing from King Herod's orders to kill all male children. They are on their way to Egypt with a male child with them. The Merchant begins to ponder the reward that would be paid by the King and orders The Woman to seduce a Roman guard to enable the messenger to get away. When the King's soldiers show up, Verrus refuses to surrender the refugees. Then the sand hits the fan.

Starring: Ruth Roman, Akim Tamiroff, Arnoldo Foà, Otello Toso, Gianni Musy, Alan Furlan, Nino Marchetti ..
Directed by: Steve Sekely
Release date: 1959-06-30
Best History Movies of 1959 : Last of the Giants

Last of the Giants

0.0/10 IMDB

A Union Pacific production outlining the Big Boy locomotive and the history of the last great steam engine to rule the rails

Directed by: Allan Krieg
Release date: 1959-01-01
Best History Movies of 1959 : Dwightiana


0.0/10 IMDB

Menken's 16mm, stop-motion tribute to the art of Dwight Ripley was filmed in 1959 in his apartment at 416 East Fifty-eighth Street in New York. She used his drawings as flats.The remarkably contemporary soundtrack for steel drum, guitar, flute, and voice was written for the occasion by Maya Deren's young husband, Teiji Ito, and is available in his album Music for Maya (Tzadik). Stan Brakhage called Dwightiana a pioneer example of the film portrait, abstract rather than narrative (the colored pencils represent Ripley's palette). Ripley was also a botanist, and Menken's unusual title alludes to botanical nomenclature as if Dwightiana might be the name of a species as well as a work "about" Dwight.

Directed by: Marie Menken
Release date: 1959-04-27
Best History Movies of 1959 : Operation Universe

Operation Universe

0.0/10 IMDB

A British documentary that covers the atomic energy developments made in Great Britain since the end of World War II, with a focus towards advancing progress towards space flight.

Starring: Robert Beatty ..
Directed by: Peter Bryan
Release date: 1959-05-01

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