Best History Movies of 1963

1.

The Great Escape

6.6
8.2/10 IMDB

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocates them to a high-security 'escape-proof' camp to sit out the remainder of the war. Undaunted, the prisoners plan one of the most ambitious escape attempts of World War II. Based on a true story.

Starring: James Garner, Donald Pleasence, Steve McQueen, Richard Attenborough, James Donald, David McCallum, Charles Bronson, James Coburn, Angus Lennie, Gordon Jackson ..
Directed by: John Sturges
Release date: 1963-06-20
2.

Cleopatra

5.1
7.0/10 IMDB

Determined to hold on to the throne, Cleopatra seduces the Roman emperor Julius Caesar. When Caesar is murdered, she redirects her attentions to his general, Marc Antony, who vows to take power—but Caesar’s successor has other plans.

Starring: Elizabeth Taylor, Richard Burton, Rex Harrison, Pamela Brown, George Cole, Hume Cronyn, Cesare Danova, Kenneth Haigh, Andrew Keir, Martin Landau ..
Directed by: Joseph L. Mankiewicz
Release date: 1963-06-12
3.

America America

3.8
7.8/10 IMDB

A young Anatolian Greek, entrusted with his family's fortune, loses it en route to Istanbul and dreams of going to America

Starring: Stathis Giallelis, Frank Wolff, Elena Karam, John Marley, Estelle Hemsley, Harry Davis, Lou Antonio, Paul Mann ..
Directed by: Elia Kazan
Release date: 1963-12-15
4.

55 Days at Peking

3.7
6.7/10 IMDB

Diplomats, soldiers and other representatives of a dozen nations fend off the siege of the International Compound in Peking during the 1900 Boxer Rebellion. The disparate interests unite for survival despite competing factions, overwhelming odds, delayed relief and tacit support of the Boxers by the Empress of China and her generals.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner, David Niven, Burt Kwouk, Flora Robson, John Ireland, Harry Andrews, Leo Genn, Robert Helpmann, Kurt Kasznar ..
Directed by: Nicholas Ray, Guy Green
Release date: 1963-05-06
5.

The Cardinal

3.5
6.7/10 IMDB

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Naziism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal.

Starring: Tom Tryon, Romy Schneider, John Huston, Carol Lynley, Dorothy Gish, Maggie McNamara, Bill Hayes, Cameron Prud'Homme, John Saxon, Loring Smith ..
Directed by: Otto Preminger
Release date: 1963-12-12
Best History Movies of 1963 : Kings of the Sun
6.

Kings of the Sun

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

In order to flee from powerful enemies, young Mayan king Balam leads his people north across the Gulf of Mexico to the coast of what will become the United States. They build a home in the new land but come into conflict with a tribe of Native Americans led by their chief, Black Eagle, while both Balam and Black Eagle fall in love the beautiful Mayan princess Ixchel.

Starring: Yul Brynner, George Chakiris, Shirley Anne Field, Richard Basehart, Brad Dexter, Barry Morse, Armando Silvestre, Leo Gordon, Victoria Vetri, Rudy Solari ..
Directed by: J. Lee Thompson
Release date: 1963-12-18
Best History Movies of 1963 : The Scarlet Blade
7.

The Scarlet Blade

2.4
5.6/10 IMDB

A 1964 British action adventure film from Hammer studios. The Scarlet Blade is set during the english civil war. A cruel Roundhead Colonel is on the trail of royalist sympathisers, but unaware of his daughters royalist sympathies. When she falls into a love triangle with Cavalier Edward Beverly and Roundhead officer Captain Sylvester the stage is set for double crossing and derring do.

Starring: Lionel Jeffries, Jack Hedley, Oliver Reed, June Thorburn, Michael Ripper, Harold Goldblatt, Duncan Lamont, Clifford Elkin, Suzan Farmer, John Harvey ..
Directed by: John Gilling
Release date: 1963-09-01
Best History Movies of 1963 : Nine Hours to Rama
8.

Nine Hours to Rama

1.5
6.5/10 IMDB

José Ferrer and Horst Buchholz star in this fictionalised account of events leading up to the assassination of Indian spiritual leader and independence campaigner Mahatma Gandhi.

Starring: Horst Buchholz, José Ferrer, Valerie Gearon, Don Borisenko, Robert Morley, Diane Baker, Harry Andrews, P. Jairaj ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1963-04-30
Best History Movies of 1963 : Mrs. Winchester's House
9.

Mrs. Winchester's House

1.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Documentary about the life and legend of Sarah L. Winchester, heiress to the Winchester Repeating Arms Company who, after the death of her husband and only child moved to San Jose, California and constructed non-stop what came to be known as the Winchester Mystery House during the last 38 years of her life. The film traces Mrs. Winchester's life from her marriage into the wealthy Winchester family, whose family business supplied many of the repeating rifles sold to the United States Army during and after the Civil War and follows her eccentric life in California where, according to legend, she was advised by a mystic to provide shelter for spirits of the victims of her husband's rifles or follow him to an early grave. It provides point-of-view shots of the interior and exterior of the rambling Victorian mansion.

Starring: Lillian Gish ..
Directed by: Dick Williams
Release date: 1963-10-31

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