Best History Movies of 1962


Lawrence of Arabia

8.3/10 IMDB

The story of British officer T.E. Lawrence's mission to aid the Arab tribes in their revolt against the Ottoman Empire during the First World War. Lawrence becomes a flamboyant, messianic figure in the cause of Arab unity but his psychological instability threatens to undermine his achievements.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Anthony Quinn, Jack Hawkins, José Ferrer, Anthony Quayle, Claude Rains, Arthur Kennedy, Omar Sharif, Peter O'Toole, Donald Wolfit ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1962-12-11

The Longest Day

7.7/10 IMDB

The retelling of June 6, 1944, from the perspectives of the Germans, US, British, Canadians, and the Free French. Marshall Erwin Rommel, touring the defenses being established as part of the Reich's Atlantic Wall, notes to his officers that when the Allied invasion comes they must be stopped on the beach. "For the Allies as well as the Germans, it will be the longest day"

Starring: Eddie Albert, Paul Anka, Arletty, Jean-Louis Barrault, Richard Beymer, Hans Christian Blech, Bourvil, Richard Burton, Wolfgang Büttner, Red Buttons ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin, Andrew Marton, Bernhard Wicki
Release date: 1962-09-25

Mutiny on the Bounty

7.2/10 IMDB

The Bounty leaves Portsmouth in 1787. Its destination: to sail to Tahiti and load bread-fruit. Captain Bligh will do anything to get there as fast as possible, using any means to keep up a strict discipline. When they arrive at Tahiti, it is like a paradise for the crew, something completely different than the living hell aboard the ship. On the way back to England, officer Fletcher Christian becomes the leader of a mutiny.

Starring: Trevor Howard, Marlon Brando, Richard Harris, Hugh Griffith, Percy Herbert, Gordon Jackson, Chips Rafferty, Noel Purcell, Eddie Byrne, Tim Seely ..
Directed by: Lewis Milestone, Carol Reed
Release date: 1962-11-08

The 300 Spartans

6.5/10 IMDB

Essentially true story of how Spartan king Leonidas led an extremely small army of Greek Soldiers (300 of his personal body guards from Sparta) to hold off an invading Persian army now thought to have numbered 250,000.

Starring: Richard Egan, Ralph Richardson, Diane Baker, Barry Coe, David Farrar, Donald Houston, Anna Synodinou, Robert Brown, Anne Wakefield ..
Directed by: Rudolph Maté
Release date: 1962-08-01

Long Day's Journey Into Night

7.5/10 IMDB

Over the course of one day in August 1912, the family of retired actor James Tyrone grapples with the morphine addiction of his wife Mary, the illness of their youngest son Edmund and the alcoholism and debauchery of their older son Jamie. As day turns into night, guilt, anger, despair, and regret threaten to destroy the family.

Starring: Katharine Hepburn, Ralph Richardson, Jason Robards, Dean Stockwell, Jeanne Barr ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1962-10-09
Best History Movies of 1962 : H.M.S. Defiant

H.M.S. Defiant

7.1/10 IMDB

Defiant's crew is part of a fleet-wide movement to present a petition of grievances to the Admiralty. Violence must be no part of it. The continual sadism of Defiant's first officer makes this difficult, and when the captain is disabled, the chance for violence increases.

Starring: Alec Guinness, Dirk Bogarde, Anthony Quayle, Maurice Denham, Nigel Stock, Tom Bell, Richard Carpenter, Peter Gill, Ray Brooks, Robin Stewart ..
Directed by: Lewis Gilbert
Release date: 1962-04-15

Taras Bulba

6.3/10 IMDB

Ukraine, 16th century. While the Poles dominate the Cossack steppes, Andrei, son of Taras Bulba, a Cossack leader, must choose between his love for his family and his folk and his passion for a Polish woman.

Starring: Tony Curtis, Yul Brynner, Sam Wanamaker, Brad Dexter, Perry Lopez, Christine Kaufmann, Guy Rolfe, George Macready, Ilka Windish, Vladimir Sokoloff ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1962-11-21
Best History Movies of 1962 : Tower of London

Tower of London

6.3/10 IMDB

The twisted Richard III is haunted by the ghosts of those he has murdered in his attempt to become the King of England.

Starring: Vincent Price, Michael Pate, Joan Freeman, Robert Brown, Bruce Gordon, Joan Camden, Richard Hale, Sandra Knight, Charles Macaulay, Justice Watson ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1962-10-24


5.8/10 IMDB

In 1883, the Apache Indians lead by Geronimo reluctantly surrender to the attacks of American and Mexican troops, in exchange for a territory and food for their warriors. Soon though, Geronimo escapes the camps and declares war against the Americans.

Starring: Chuck Connors, Kamala Devi, Pat Conway, Armando Silvestre, Adam West, Lawrence Dobkin, John Anderson, Denver Pyle, Ross Martin, Mario Navarro ..
Directed by: Arnold Laven
Release date: 1962-04-27
Best History Movies of 1962 : President Kennedy's Birthday Salute

President Kennedy's Birthday Salute

7.5/10 IMDB

President Kennedy's birthday celebration was held at the third Madison Square Garden on May 19, 1962, and more than 15,000 people attended, including numerous celebrities. The event was a fundraising gala for the Democratic Party. Features Marilyn Monroe singing to JFK.

Starring: John F. Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe, Robert F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, Peggy Lee, Ella Fitzgerald, Peter Lawford, Bobby Darin, Henry Fonda ..
Release date: 1962-05-19
Best History Movies of 1962 : Cosmic Ray

Cosmic Ray

7.0/10 IMDB

Experimental short uses Ray Charles' “What'd I Say” as accompaniment to constantly shifting collage of female nude, cartoons, and newsreels of atomic bomb explosions.

Starring: Beth Pewther, Joan Brown ..
Directed by: Bruce Conner
Release date: 1962-01-01

Sodom and Gomorrah

5.7/10 IMDB

Sex, torture and betrayal in Biblical Sodom and Gomorrah. Lot, leader of the Hebrews, believes his people can co-exist with the Sodomites, a disastrous decision.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Stanley Baker, Pier Angeli, Rossana Podestà, Rik Battaglia, Anouk Aimée, Alice Kessler, Ellen Kessler, Gabriele Tinti ..
Directed by: Robert Aldrich
Release date: 1962-10-04
Best History Movies of 1962 : Taras Bulba

Taras Bulba

7.0/10 IMDB

Italian adaptation of the historical novella of the same name by Nikolai Gogol.

Starring: Vladimir Medar, Jean-François Poron, George Reich, Vítor Hugo Santana, Lorella De Luca, Fosco Giachetti, Sylvia Sorrente, Erno Crisa ..
Directed by: Ferdinando Baldi
Release date: 1962-01-31
Best History Movies of 1962 : Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler

Black Fox: The Rise and Fall of Adolf Hitler

6.9/10 IMDB

The rise and fall of Nazi Germany in part through the use of classical allegory.

Starring: Marlene Dietrich, Adolf Hitler ..
Directed by: Louis Clyde Stoumen
Release date: 1962-01-01


5.7/10 IMDB

Richard Basehart stars as one of the most influential and one of the most reviled men in history in this probing psychological study of a man who nearly gained dominance over the entire western world--at the cost of millions of lives--Hitler.

Starring: Richard Basehart, Cordula Trantow, Maria Emo, Martin Kosleck, John Banner, Martin Brandt, John Wengraf, William Sargent, Narda Onyx, Gregory Gaye ..
Directed by: Stuart Heisler
Release date: 1962-03-21
Best History Movies of 1962 : Damon and Pythias

Damon and Pythias

5.0/10 IMDB

Damon is a thief who begins to question his beliefs after he meets Pythias, a liberal Athenian who believes all men are brothers.

Starring: Guy Williams, Don Burnett, Ilaria Occhini, Liana Orfei, Marina Berti, Arnoldo Foà, Carlo Giustini, Aldo Silvani, Andrea Bosic, Maurizio Baldoni ..
Directed by: Curtis Bernhardt
Release date: 1962-09-05

A Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy

8.2/10 IMDB

Tour of the White House with Mrs. John F. Kennedy was a television special featuring the First Lady of the United States, Jacqueline Kennedy on a tour of the recently renovated White House. It was broadcast on Valentine's Day, February 14, 1962, on both CBS and NBC, and broadcast four days later on ABC. The program was the first ever First Lady televised tour of the White House, and has since been considered the first prime-time documentary specifically designed to appeal to a female audience.

Starring: Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy, Charles Collingwood ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1962-02-13


7.8/10 IMDB

Chickamauga (1962) is another of Robert Enrico’s three short films based on the Civil War stories of Ambrose Bierce. The withdrawal of hope at the end of An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge may seem bleak but that story is positively cheerful beside the horrors of Chickamauga in which a small deaf boy wanders from home to find a new playground in the aftermath of one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.

Starring: Pierre Boffety ..
Directed by: Robert Enrico
Release date: 1962-01-01
Best History Movies of 1962 : Made by Hand: The Porsche 356

Made by Hand: The Porsche 356

0.0/10 IMDB

This documentary was created to showcase the engineering that went into each new Porsche in the 1960s, it was specifically made for the American audience as a way to introduce Porsche to many Americans who were unfamiliar with the marque. The film opens with none other than motoring legend Ferdinand “Ferry” Porsche welcoming the viewer, the film then proceeds to follow what is essentially the full production line of each 356 starting with flat steel sheets and following it through cutting, stamping, and welding before heading off to the paint shop

Starring: Ferry Porsche ..
Release date: 1962-01-01

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