Best History Movies of 1965


Von Ryan's Express

7.1/10 IMDB

Von Ryan's Express stars Frank Sinatra as a POW colonel who leads a daring escape from WWII Italy by taking over a freight train, but he has to win over the British soldiers he finds himself commanding.

Starring: Frank Sinatra, Trevor Howard, Raffaella Carrà, Brad Dexter, Sergio Fantoni, John Leyton, Edward Mulhare, Wolfgang Preiss, James Brolin, John van Dreelen ..
Directed by: Mark Robson
Release date: 1965-06-23

Battle of the Bulge

6.8/10 IMDB

In the winter of 1944, the Allied Armies stand ready to invade Germany at the coming of a New Year. To prevent it, Hitler orders an all-out offensive to re-take French territory and capture the major port city of Antwerp.

Starring: Henry Fonda, Robert Shaw, Robert Ryan, Dana Andrews, George Montgomery, Ty Hardin, Pier Angeli, Barbara Werle, Charles Bronson, Hans Christian Blech ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1965-12-16

The Greatest Story Ever Told

6.5/10 IMDB

From his birth in Bethlehem to his death and eventual resurrection, the life of Jesus Christ is given the all-star treatment in this epic retelling. Major aspects of Christ's life are touched upon, including the execution of all the newborn males in Egypt by King Herod; Christ's baptism by John the Baptist; and the betrayal by Judas after the Last Supper that eventually leads to Christ's crucifixion and miraculous return.

Starring: Max von Sydow, Michael Anderson Jr., Carroll Baker, Ina Balin, Victor Buono, Richard Conte, Joanna Dunham, José Ferrer, Van Heflin, Charlton Heston ..
Directed by: George Stevens, David Lean, Jean Negulesco
Release date: 1965-02-15

Chimes at Midnight

7.7/10 IMDB

The culmination of Orson Welles’s lifelong obsession with Shakespeare’s robustly funny and ultimately tragic antihero, Sir John Falstaff; the often soused friend of King Henry IV’s wayward son Prince Hal. Integrating elements from both Henry IV plays as well as Richard II, Henry V, and The Merry Wives of Windsor.

Starring: Orson Welles, Jeanne Moreau, Margaret Rutherford, John Gielgud, Marina Vlady, Walter Chiari, Michael Aldridge, Tony Beckley, Jeremy Rowe, Norman Rodway ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1965-03-16

The Agony and the Ecstasy

7.1/10 IMDB

During the Italian Renaissance, Pope Julius II contracts the influential artist Michelangelo to sculpt 40 statues for his tomb. When the pope changes his mind and asks the sculptor to paint a mural in the Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo doubts his painting skills and abandons the project. Divine inspiration returns Michelangelo to the mural, but his artistic vision clashes with the pope's demanding personality and threatens the success of the historic painting.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Rex Harrison, Diane Cilento, Harry Andrews, Alberto Lupo, Adolfo Celi, Venantino Venantini, Tomas Milian, John Stacy, Fausto Tozzi ..
Directed by: Carol Reed
Release date: 1965-09-16

The Heroes of Telemark

6.5/10 IMDB

Set in German-occupied Norway, resistance fighter Knut Straud enlists the reluctant physicist Rolf Pedersen in an effort to destroy the German heavy water production plant in rural Telemark.

Starring: Kirk Douglas, Richard Harris, Ulla Jacobsson, Michael Redgrave, David Weston, Sebastian Breaks, John Golightly, Alan Howard, Patrick Jordan, William Marlowe ..
Directed by: Anthony Mann
Release date: 1965-11-22
Best History Movies of 1965 : The Wars of the Roses

The Wars of the Roses

8.9/10 IMDB

A 1965 BBC adaptation of William Shakespeare's first historical tetralogy (1 Henry VI, 2 Henry VI, 3 Henry VI and Richard III), which deals with the conflict between the House of Lancaster and the House of York over the throne of England, a conflict known as the Wars of the Roses. It was based on the 1963 theatre adaptation by John Barton, and directed by Peter Hall for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Starring: David Warner, Janet Suzman, Peggy Ashcroft, Donald Sinden, Paul Hardwick, Roy Dotrice, Ian Holm, Susan Engel, John Normington, Donald Burton ..
Directed by: Peter Hall, John Barton, Robin Midgley, Michael Hayes
Release date: 1965-04-08

The War Lord

6.6/10 IMDB

A knight in the service of a duke goes to a coastal village where an earlier attempt to build a defensive castle has failed. He begins to rebuild the duke's authority in the face of the barbarians at the border and is making progress until he falls in love with one of the local women.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Rosemary Forsyth, Richard Boone, Maurice Evans, Guy Stockwell, Niall MacGinnis, James Farentino, Henry Wilcoxon, Woodrow Parfrey, Allen Jaffe ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1965-11-17

Genghis Khan

5.8/10 IMDB

This is the story of the shy Mongol boy Temujin who,during the 13th century, becomes the fearless Mongol leader Genghis Khan that unites all Mongol tribes and conquers India,China,Persia,Korea and parts of Rusia,Europe and Middle-East.

Starring: Omar Sharif, Françoise Dorléac, Stephen Boyd, James Mason, Eli Wallach, Robert Morley, Telly Savalas, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Hordern, Woody Strode ..
Directed by: Henry Levin
Release date: 1965-04-15

A Trip Down Memory Lane

7.1/10 IMDB

A Trip Down Memory Lane is a 1965 experimental collage film by Arthur Lipsett, created by editing together images and sound clips from over fifty years of newsreel footage. The film combines footage from a beauty contest, religious procession, failed airflight, automotive and science experiments, animal experimentation, skyscraper construction, military paraphernalia, John D. Rockefeller and scenes of leisure, Richard Nixon and scenes of war, blimps and hot air balloons, and a sword swallower. Lipsett envisioned his film as a kind of cinematic time capsule for future generations.

Directed by: Arthur Lipsett
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best History Movies of 1965 : A King's Story

A King's Story

7.0/10 IMDB

A King's Story is a 1965 British documentary film directed by Harry Booth about the life of King Edward VIII, from his birth until abdication in 1936. It was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature.

Starring: King Edward VIII, Wallis Simpson, Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Harry Booth
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best History Movies of 1965 : Challenge of the Gladiator

Challenge of the Gladiator

4.5/10 IMDB

Starring: Peter Lupus, Massimo Serato, Livio Lorenzon, Gloria Milland, Piero Lulli, Walter Barnes, Andrea Checchi, Dario Michaelis, Franco Ressel, Bruno Scipioni ..
Directed by: Domenico Paolella
Release date: 1965-10-29

The Great Sioux Massacre

5.1/10 IMDB

Colonel Custer (Philip Carey), an outspoken believer in fair treatment for the Indians, is ousted from his post and forced into retirement. Fueled by ambition when a Senator Blaine (Don Haggerty) convinces him to run for President, Custer decides to upstage General Terry (Frank Ferguson) at Little Big Horn.

Starring: Joseph Cotten, Darren McGavin, Philip Carey, Julie Sommars, Nancy Kovack, John Matthews, Michael Pate, Don Haggerty, Frank Ferguson, Stacy Harris ..
Directed by: Sidney Salkow
Release date: 1965-04-25
Best History Movies of 1965 : Debate: Baldwin vs. Buckley

Debate: Baldwin vs. Buckley

8.5/10 IMDB

The Cambridge Union Society debates the motion "Has the American Dream Been Achieved at the Expense of the American Negro?" on its 150th anniversary. David Heycock and James Baldwin argue the Affirmative. Jeremy Burford and William F. Buckley argue the Negative.

Starring: William F. Buckley Jr., James Baldwin, David Heycock, Jeremy Burford ..
Release date: 1965-06-12

Eagle in a Cage

7.8/10 IMDB

Recounts the events of the final years of Napoleon, culminating in his exile on the isle of St. Helena.

Starring: Trevor Howard, James Daly, Pamela Franklin, George Rose, Richard Waring, William Smithers, Basil Langton ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1965-10-20
Best History Movies of 1965 : The Beatles Unauthorized

The Beatles Unauthorized

0.0/10 IMDB

A one-of-a-kind compilation offering a fascinating, entertaining, and surprising look at the Fab Four with rare newsreel footage, candid and revealing interviews, and historic performances. Included are their first U.S. concert in Washington, D.C., never-before-seen highlights from the Hollywood Bowl, a rare uncensored interview filmed just before their very last concert, and live renditions of many hits.

Starring: Paul McCartney, John Lennon, Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Pete Best ..
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best History Movies of 1965 : The Siege of Manchester

The Siege of Manchester

0.0/10 IMDB

A German mercenary is hired to defend the small township of Manchester during the English Civil War.

Starring: Alan Dobie, Eve Pearce, Derek Benfield, André Morell, John Dearth, Manning Wilson, Peter Bayliss, David Valla, Oliver Johnston, John Sharp ..
Directed by: Herbert Wise
Release date: 1965-10-31

The Psychedelic Experience

0.0/10 IMDB

Experimental movie, where a man comes home and experiences LSD. His kaleidoscopic visions follow, with readings inspired by the Tibethan Book of the Dead.

Starring: Timothy Leary, Ralph Metzner ..
Directed by: Allen Willis, Jean Millay
Release date: 1965-01-23
Best History Movies of 1965 : A Computer-Generated Ballet

A Computer-Generated Ballet

0.0/10 IMDB

Created at Bell Labs in 1965, this short film likely contains the first computer-generated animation of human figures in motion. The figures move (or 'dance') seemingly at random on a 3D stage.

Directed by: A. Michael Noll
Release date: 1965-01-01
Best History Movies of 1965 : Family Doctrine (Part 1) - An Old Family

Family Doctrine (Part 1) - An Old Family

0.0/10 IMDB

Family Doctrine is a drama film directed by Chu Kei and stars Wu Fung, Man Lan, Pearl Au Ka-Wai, Ma Siu-Ying, and Kitty Ting Hao.

Starring: Ng Cho-Fan, Wu Fung, Man Lan, Ma Siu-Ying, Yue Ming, Lam Fung, Kwan Hoi-San, Chu Tin-Wai, Lee Pang-Fei, Lui Woon-Suen ..
Directed by: Chu Kei
Release date: 1965-11-10

The Colonial Naturalist: Mark Catesby

0.0/10 IMDB

Presents a dramatization of the extended field trip made by Mark Catesby in colonial Virginia and the ultimate publication of his two-volume illustrated natural history of the birds, animals, plants, reptiles and fish he observed and sketched in the new world.

Release date: 1965-01-01
Best History Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Romans

Doctor Who: The Romans

0.0/10 IMDB

The TARDIS crew take up residence near Rome in 64AD, where Ian and Barbara are kidnapped by slave traders, and the Doctor's imitation of Maximus Pettulian sees him taken to the court of Emperor Nero where he inadvertently plays a part in deciding the course of history...

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Derek Francis, Michael Peake, Brian Proudfoot, Kay Patrick, Peter Diamond, Derek Sydney ..
Directed by: Christopher Barry
Release date: 1965-02-06
Best History Movies of 1965 : Doctor Who: The Crusade

Doctor Who: The Crusade

0.0/10 IMDB

In 12th century Palestine, the Doctor and his friends are drawn into the holy war between the forces of King Richard the Lionheart and the Saracen ruler Saladin.

Starring: William Hartnell, Jacqueline Hill, William Russell, Maureen O'Brien, Julian Glover, Jean Marsh, Walter Randall, Roger Avon, Bernard Kay, David Anderson ..
Directed by: Douglas Camfield
Release date: 1965-04-17
Best History Movies of 1965 : Life in a Medieval Town

Life in a Medieval Town

0.0/10 IMDB

Depicts life in a medieval town from the point of view of a young serf. Explains the influence of trade and the role of the merchant and craft guilds in the rise of towns in Europe

Release date: 1965-01-01

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