Best History Movies of 1964

1.

Fail Safe

5.7
8.0/10 IMDB

Because of a technical defect an American bomber team mistakenly orders the destruction of Moscow. The President of the United States has but little time to prevent an atomic catastrophe from occurring.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Walter Matthau, Fritz Weaver, Larry Hagman, Frank Overton, Edward Binns, Dan O'Herlihy, William Hansen, Russell Hardie, Janet Ward ..
Directed by: Sidney Lumet
Release date: 1964-10-07
2.

Zulu

5.5
7.7/10 IMDB

In 1879, during the Zulu wars, man-of-the-people, Lt. John Chard and snooty Lt Gonville Bromhead were in charge of defending the isolated Natal outpost of Rorke's Drift from tribal hordes, holding out during an Alamo-like siege until they are overwhelmed, losing the battle, but going down in history as heroes. 150 soldiers defended a supply station against some 4000 Zulus, aided by the Martini-Henry rifle "with some guts behind it". In the hundred years since the Victoria Cross was created for valour and extreme courage beyond that normally expected of the British soldier in face of the enemy only 1344 have been awarded. Eleven of these were won by the defenders of the mission station at Rorke's Drift, Natal, January 22nd to the 23rd 1879.

Starring: Stanley Baker, Jack Hawkins, Ulla Jacobsson, James Booth, Michael Caine, Nigel Green, Paul Daneman, Patrick Magee, Glynn Edwards, Neil McCarthy ..
Directed by: Cy Endfield
Release date: 1964-01-22
3.

Becket

4.7
7.8/10 IMDB

King Henry II of England has trouble with the Church. When the Archbishop of Canterbury dies, he has a brilliant idea. Rather than appoint another pious cleric loyal to Rome and the Church, he will appoint his old drinking and wenching buddy, Thomas Becket, technically a deacon of the church, to the post. Unfortunately, Becket takes the job seriously and provides abler opposition to Henry.

Starring: Richard Burton, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Gino Cervi, Paolo Stoppa, Donald Wolfit, Martita Hunt, Pamela Brown, Siân Phillips, Felix Aylmer ..
Directed by: Peter Glenville
Release date: 1964-03-11
4.

The Fall of the Roman Empire

3.6
6.7/10 IMDB

Drawn from the same events that later inspired Gladiator, the film charts the power-hungry greed and father-son betrayal that led to Rome's collapse at the bloody hands of the Barbarians.

Starring: Sophia Loren, Stephen Boyd, Alec Guinness, Christopher Plummer, Anthony Quayle, John Ireland, Omar Sharif, Mel Ferrer, Eric Porter, Finlay Currie ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1964-03-24
5.

633 Squadron

3.3
6.4/10 IMDB

When Norwegian resistance leader Lieutenant Erik Bergman reports the location of a German V-2 rocket fuel plant, the Royal Air Force's 633 Squadron is assigned the mission to destroy it. The plant is in a seemingly-impregnable location beneath an overhanging cliff at the end of a long, narrow fjord lined with anti-aircraft guns. The only way to destroy the plant is by collapsing the cliff on top of it.

Starring: Cliff Robertson, George Chakiris, Maria Perschy, Harry Andrews, Donald Houston, Michael Goodliffe, John Meillon, John Bonney, Angus Lennie, Scott Finch ..
Directed by: Walter Grauman
Release date: 1964-04-06
Best History Movies of 1964 : Seven Slaves Against the World
6.

Seven Slaves Against the World

3.0
6.0/10 IMDB

Tribune Marcus Aulus, out of favor in Rome because of his alleged sympathy for Christians, arrives to take charge of an aqueduct project on the hot, arid fringes of the Empire. Centurion Gaius, cruel and corrupt, resents being replaced by Marcus. He instigates a revolt by his slave-workers, then blames the situation on Marcus. During the revolt, five muscular slaves escape. They meet up with fellow escapee Balisten, a farmer unjustly condemned to the aqueduct project. Balisten, impressed by Marcus's enlightened attitudes, has rescued the Tribune from the revolt. The six slaves, with Marcus's advice, plan to gain their freedom using their prowess as gladiators. Marcus plans to clear his name and to re-unite with his fiancée, Claudia, recently arrived from Rome. Gaius plans to kill Marcus and thus hide the truth about the slave revolt. Brawls and fights both inside and outside the arena come thick and fast.

Starring: Roger Browne, Gordon Mitchell, Arnaldo Fabrizio, Scilla Gabel, Aldo Pini, Alfredo Rizzo, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart ..
Directed by: Michele Lupo
Release date: 1964-08-28
Best History Movies of 1964 : Spartacus and the Ten Gladiators
7.

Spartacus and the Ten Gladiators

1.9
4.1/10 IMDB

The story of Spartacus and 10 other gladiators who rebelled against the bloody coliseum sports. They escape and are faced at every turn by Roman soldiers bent on taking them back to the Coliseum - dead or alive!

Starring: Dan Vadis, Helga Liné, Ursula Davis, Giovanni Di Benedetto, Giovanni Vari, Enzo Fiermonte, Vassili Karis, Salvatore Borgese ..
Directed by: Nick Nostro
Release date: 1964-12-23
Best History Movies of 1964 : The Searching Eye
8.

The Searching Eye

1.8
7.9/10 IMDB

The simple actions of a young boy on the beach provide visual metaphors for the normally unseen world. The camera adds a profound dimension to what the boy has seen, giving us a deeper understanding of visual awareness.

Starring: Walter Lang, Gary Merrill, Vic Perrin ..
Directed by: Saul Bass
Release date: 1964-04-22
Best History Movies of 1964 : Doctor Who: Marco Polo
9.

Doctor Who: Marco Polo

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The TARDIS crew lands in the Himalayas of Cathay in 1289, their ship badly damaged, and are picked up by Marco Polo's caravan on its way along the fabled Silk Road to see the Emperor Kublai Khan. The story concerns the Doctor and his companions' attempts to thwart the machinations of Tegana, who attempts to sabotage the caravan along its travels through the Pamir Plateau and across the treacherous Gobi Desert, and ultimately to assassinate Kublai Khan in Peking, at the height of his imperial power.

Starring: William Hartnell, Carole Ann Ford, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell ..
Directed by: Waris Hussein, John Crockett
Release date: 1964-04-04
Best History Movies of 1964 : The Secret Invasion
10.

The Secret Invasion

0.0
5.8/10 IMDB

During World War II, convicts are recruited by the Allies for an extremely hazardous mission.

Starring: Stewart Granger, Raf Vallone, Mickey Rooney, Edd Byrnes, Henry Silva, William Campbell, Peter Coe, Špela Rozin, Helmo Kindermann, Enzo Fiermonte ..
Directed by: Roger Corman
Release date: 1964-09-16

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