Best History Movies of 1959

1.

Ben-Hur

6.5
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: 1959-12-26
2.

The Diary of Anne Frank

5.2
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
3.

The Horse Soldiers

4.3
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
Best History Movies of 1959 : The Hunchback of Paris
4.

The Hunchback of Paris

3.6
6.9/10 IMDB

Duke Philippe de Nevers is an influential and popular man who is married to a beautiful wife called Aurore. His rival Philippe de Gonzague hates him enough to organise an attempt on him. The Duke is accompagnied by Henri de Lagardère when de Gonzague's henchmen altogether attack him. Lagardère cannot save his friend because the both of them are hopelessly outnumbered. He has to escape in order to save the Duke's daughter and swears revenge. Together with his old buddy Passepoil he raises the little girl in Spain. At the same time he returns frequently to France where he detects confronts his friend's murderers and puts them to the sword one by one until only their former leader is left. Finally he discovers that Philippe de Gonzague is the man for whom he is looking.

Starring: Jean Marais, Bourvil, Sabine Sesselmann, François Chaumette, Jean Le Poulain, Hubert Noël, Paulette Dubost, Edmond Beauchamp, Alexandre Rignault, Paul Cambo ..
Directed by: André Hunebelle
Release date: 1959-11-26
Best History Movies of 1959 : The Devil's Disciple
5.

The Devil's Disciple

3.6
7.1/10 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
6.

Pork Chop Hill

3.5
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
7.

Solomon and Sheba

3.5
6.2/10 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
8.

John Paul Jones

3.3
6.5/10 IMDB

The bio-epic about the infamous John Paul Jones.

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 : Julius Janonis
9.

Julius Janonis

3.2
8.1/10 IMDB

Early twentieth century. The future poet, the nurturer of lyrics of love, Julius Janonis, is maturing among the students of Šiauliai Gymnasium. The son of a poor peasant, sick with tuberculosis, spotted a classmate, Milda, from a wealthy family admiring his talent. Unfortunately, at a high society party held at Milda’s parents house, where Julius reads his poems, guests make fun of the poet. When World War I comes, Janonis is taken to Voronezh, to the Lithuanian diaspora.

Starring: Henrikas Kurauskas, Gražina Balandyt?, Balys Barauskas, Elena Jackute, Juozas Mazeika, Vytautas Kancleris, Alfonsas Ambrasas, Romualdas Juknevicius, Algimantas Masiulis, Stepas Jukna ..
Directed by: Balys Bratkauskas, Vytautas Dabasinskas
Release date: 1959-03-05
10.

The Stranglers of Bombay

2.7
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

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