Best History Movies of 1963


The Great Escape

8.2/10 IMDB

The Nazis, exasperated at the number of escapes from their prison camps by a relatively small number of Allied prisoners, relocate 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


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

55 Days at Peking

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
Best History Movies of 1963 : Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination

Zapruder Film of Kennedy Assassination

7.8/10 IMDB

President John F. Kennedy is shown riding in an open-top car with his wife and several others, waving at crowds on the sidewalk. He is hit by a bullet and clutches his throat as the others react with surprise. Another shot hits Kennedy in the head and he collapses. A Secret Service agent runs up to the car, and Mrs. Kennedy climbs onto the trunk to pull him aboard as the car speeds away.

Starring: Jacqueline Kennedy, John F. Kennedy ..
Directed by: Abraham Zapruder
Release date: 1963-11-22
Best History Movies of 1963 : Zapruder Film of the Kennedy Assassinaton

Zapruder Film of the Kennedy Assassinaton

7.8/10 IMDB

The Zapruder Film is a silent 8mm color motion picture sequence shot by Abraham Zapruder with a Bell & Howell camera, as United States President John F. Kennedy's motorcade passed through Dealey Plaza in Dallas, Texas, on November 22, 1963. Unexpectedly, Zapruder's camera ended up capturing the President's assassination. In 1994, the Zapruder film was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and was selected for permanent preservation in the National Film Registry.

Starring: John F. Kennedy, Jacqueline Kennedy, John Connally, Clint Hill ..
Directed by: Abraham Zapruder
Release date: 1963-11-23

America America

7.7/10 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

The Cardinal

6.7/10 IMDB

A young Catholic priest from Boston confronts bigotry, Nazism, and his own personal conflicts as he rises to the office of cardinal. Photochemical preservation by the Academy Film Archive in 2012.

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

Kings of the Sun

6.1/10 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 : Nine Hours to Rama

Nine Hours to Rama

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

The Scarlet Blade

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 : Veera Kesari

Veera Kesari

9.4/10 IMDB

Veera Kesari is a 1963 Indian Kannada-language swashbuckler film directed by B. Vittalacharya and produced by Sundarlal Nahatha and Doondi. The film stars Rajkumar, T. N. Balakrishna, Udaykumar and R. Nagendra Rao. The film has musical score by Ghantasala. S. Siddalingaiah was the assistant director of this movie. B. Vittalacharya shot the movie simultaneously in Telugu as Bandipotu, with N. T. Rama Rao.

Starring: Dr. Rajkumar, Leelavathi, R. Nagendra Rao, K. S. Ashwath ..
Directed by: B. Vittalacharya
Release date: 1963-07-01
Best History Movies of 1963 : Mrs. Winchester's House

Mrs. Winchester's House

7.2/10 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

The Patriots

4.7/10 IMDB

Thomas Jefferson has just returned from France, hoping to relax with his daughters at Monticello. George Washington however, has a favor to ask of him. Hit by tough political opposition, specifically afraid of rising monarch strength, he urges Jefferson to become his Secretary of State. Jefferson accepts, albeit grudgingly. Not long after, he is battling his archrival, Alexander Hamilton, a Federalist just before his election in 1800.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Howard St. John, John Fraser ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1963-11-15
Best History Movies of 1963 : David Susskind Archive: Interview With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

David Susskind Archive: Interview With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

0.0/10 IMDB

The historic interview that stopped JFK in his tracks...

Starring: David Susskind, Martin Luther King Jr. ..
Directed by: David Susskind
Release date: 1963-03-16
Best History Movies of 1963 : The Marilyn Monroe Story

The Marilyn Monroe Story

0.0/10 IMDB

A rare 1963 documentary on the life of Norma Jean Baker, who would soon and forever be remembered as Marilyn Monroe.

Starring: Marilyn Monroe, Mike Wallace ..
Release date: 1963-06-01

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