Best History Movies of 1960

1.

Spartacus

6.3
7.9/10 IMDB

The rebellious Thracian Spartacus, born and raised a slave, is sold to Gladiator trainer Batiatus. After weeks of being trained to kill for the arena, Spartacus turns on his owners and leads the other slaves in rebellion. As the rebels move from town to town, their numbers swell as escaped slaves join their ranks. Under the leadership of Spartacus, they make their way to southern Italy, where they will cross the sea and return to their homes.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Laurence Olivier, Jean Simmons, Charles Laughton, Peter Ustinov, John Gavin, Nina Foch, John Ireland, Herbert Lom, John Dall ..
Directed by: Stanley Kubrick
Release date: 1960-10-13
2.

Wild River

3.9
7.6/10 IMDB

A young field administrator for the TVA comes to rural Tennessee to oversee the building of a dam on the Tennessee River. He encounters opposition from the local people, in particular a farmer who objects to his employment (with pay) of local black laborers. Much of the plot revolves around the eviction of an elderly woman from her home on an island in the River, and the young man's love affair with that woman's widowed granddaughter.

Starring: Montgomery Clift, Lee Remick, Jo Van Fleet, Albert Salmi, Jay C. Flippen, James Westerfield, Bruce Dern, Barbara Loden, Frank Overton, Malcolm Atterbury ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1960-05-26
3.

Sink the Bismarck!

3.7
7.1/10 IMDB

The story of the breakout of the German battleship Bismarck—accompanied by the heavy cruiser Prinz Eugen—during the early days of World War II. The Bismarck and her sister ship, Tirpitz, were the most powerful battleships in the European theater of World War II. The British Navy must find and destroy Bismarck before it can escape into the convoy lanes to inflict severe damage on the cargo shipping which was the lifeblood of the British Isles. With eight 15 inch guns, it was capable of destroying every ship in a convoy while remaining beyond the range of all Royal Navy warships.

Starring: Kenneth More, Dana Wynter, Carl Möhner, Laurence Naismith, Geoffrey Keen, Karel Stepanek, Michael Hordern, Maurice Denham, Michael Goodliffe, Esmond Knight ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1960-02-11
4.

Sunrise at Campobello

3.4
7.0/10 IMDB

The story of Franklin Roosevelt's bout with polio at age 40 in 1921 and how his family (and especially wife Eleanor) cope with his illness. From being stricken while vacationing at Campobello to his triumphant nominating speech for Al Smith's presidency in 1924, the story follows the various influences on his life and his determination to recover - based on the award winning Broadway play of the same name.

Starring: Ralph Bellamy, Greer Garson, Hume Cronyn, Jean Hagen, Ann Shoemaker, Alan Bunce, Tim Considine, Zina Bethune, Frank Ferguson ..
Directed by: Vincent J. Donehue
Release date: 1960-09-28
Best History Movies of 1960 : The Trials of Oscar Wilde
5.

The Trials of Oscar Wilde

2.9
7.1/10 IMDB

The flamboyant Victorian wit (Peter Finch) sues the Marquess of Queensberry for a sodomy slur, but it boomerangs.

Starring: Peter Finch, Yvonne Mitchell, James Mason, Nigel Patrick, Lionel Jeffries, John Fraser, Sonia Dresdel ..
Directed by: Ken Hughes
Release date: 1960-05-01
Best History Movies of 1960 : 5 Branded Women
6.

5 Branded Women

2.9
6.7/10 IMDB

Five Yugoslav women who consorted with the German occupiers are publicly humiliated and banished by the Yugoslav partisans but they take up arms to fend for themselves.

Starring: Silvana Mangano, Jeanne Moreau, Vera Miles, Barbara Bel Geddes, Carla Gravina, Van Heflin, Richard Basehart, Harry Guardino, Alex Nicol, Steve Forrest ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1960-03-15
Best History Movies of 1960 : The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond
7.

The Rise and Fall of Legs Diamond

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Jack Diamond and his sickly brother arrive in prohibition New York as jewelry thieves. After a spell in jail, the coldly ambitious Diamond hits on the idea of stealing from thieves himself and sets about getting close to gangster boss Arnold Rothstein to move in on his booze, girls, gambling, and drugs operations.

Starring: Ray Danton, Karen Steele, Elaine Stewart, Jesse White, Simon Oakland, Robert Lowery, Judson Pratt, Warren Oates, Frank De Kova, Gordon Jones ..
Directed by: Budd Boetticher
Release date: 1960-02-03
Best History Movies of 1960 : The Warrior Empress
8.

The Warrior Empress

2.3
5.3/10 IMDB

The poetess Sappho led an uprising against the corrupt government of the island of Lesbos.

Starring: Kerwin Mathews, Tina Louise, Riccardo Garrone, Susy Andersen, Alberto Farnese, Enrico Maria Salerno, Antonio Battistella, Strelsa Brown, Annie Gorassini, Aldo Fiorelli ..
Directed by: Pietro Francisci
Release date: 1960-08-24
Best History Movies of 1960 : The Dybbuk
9.

The Dybbuk

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

The Dybbuk is a made for TV film adaptation of a classic Jewish folktale. The story is about a young Jewish man, Sender (Theodore Bikel) who loves a young Jewish woman, Leah (Carol Lawrence) but her father arranges her marriage with another man. The grief of this causes Sender to die, but his spirit passes into the body of his beloved on her wedding day. Rabbi Azrael (Ludwig Donath), who serves as our narrator through the beginning of the film, is charged with the task of exercising Sender’s Dybbuk (sometimes defined as a malicious spirit or demon who possesses the living) from Leah’s body.

Starring: Theodore Bikel, Sylvia Davis, Ludwig Donath, Vincent Gardenia, Stefan Gierasch, Theo Goetz, Carol Lawrence, Eli Mintz, Jerry Rockwood, Gene Saks ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1960-10-03
Best History Movies of 1960 : The Siege of Sidney Street
10.

The Siege of Sidney Street

1.4
6.2/10 IMDB

A police inspector (Donald Sinden) tracks down Russian anarchist Peter the Painter (Peter Wyngarde) and his gang in circa-1911 London.

Starring: Donald Sinden, Nicole Berger, Kieron Moore, Peter Wyngarde, Godfrey Quigley, Tutte Lemkow, Bart Bastable, George Pastell, Angela Newman, T.P. McKenna ..
Directed by: Monty Berman, Robert S. Baker
Release date: 1960-10-11

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