Best History Movies of 1968

1.

Where Eagles Dare

5.5
7.6/10 IMDB

World War II is raging, and an American general has been captured and is being held hostage in the Schloss Adler, a Bavarian castle that's nearly impossible to breach. It's up to a group of skilled Allied soldiers to liberate the general before it's too late.

Starring: Richard Burton, Clint Eastwood, Mary Ure, Patrick Wymark, Michael Hordern, Donald Houston, Peter Barkworth, William Squire, Robert Beatty, Brook Williams ..
Directed by: Brian G. Hutton
Release date: 1968-12-04
2.

The Lion in Winter

5.5
7.9/10 IMDB

1183 AD: King Henry II's three sons all want to inherit the throne, but he won't commit to a choice. They and his wife variously plot to force him. An aging and conniving King Henry II of England and Ireland plans a reunion where he hopes to name his successor. He summons the following people for the holiday at his chateau and primary residence in Chinon, Anjou, within the Angevin Empire of medieval France: his scheming but imprisoned wife, Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine; his mistress, Princess Alais, whom he wishes to marry; his three sons, gay Richard the Lionheart , Geoffrey, and John, all of whom desire the throne; and the young, but crafty King Philip II of France, who is also Alais' half-brother.

Starring: Peter O'Toole, Katharine Hepburn, Anthony Hopkins, John Castle, Nigel Terry, Timothy Dalton, Jane Merrow, Nigel Stock, O. Z. Whitehead, Kenneth Ives ..
Directed by: Anthony Harvey
Release date: 1968-10-30
3.

Witchfinder General

4.7
6.7/10 IMDB

England, 1645. The cruel civil war between Royalists and Parliamentarians that is ravaging the country causes an era of chaos and legal arbitrariness that allows unscrupulous men to profit by exploiting the absurd superstitions of the peasants; like Matthew Hopkins, a monster disguised as a man who wanders from town to town offering his services as a witch hunter.

Starring: Vincent Price, Ian Ogilvy, Rupert Davies, Hilary Dwyer, Nicky Henson, Tony Selby, Bernard Kay, Godfrey James, Michael Beint, John Trenaman ..
Directed by: Michael Reeves
Release date: 1968-05-17
4.

Isadora

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

A biography of the dancer Isadora Duncan, the 1920s dancer who forever changed people's ideas of ballet. Her nude, semi-nude, and pro-Soviet dance projects as well as her attitudes on free love, debt, dress, and lifestyle shocked the public of her time.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, James Fox, Zvonimir ?rnko, Jason Robards, John Fraser, Vladimir Leskovar, Cynthia Harris, Bessie Love, Tony Vogel, Libby Glenn ..
Directed by: Karel Reisz
Release date: 1968-09-14
5.

The Charge of the Light Brigade

3.3
6.6/10 IMDB

A chronicle of events that led to the British involvement in the Crimean War against Russia and which led to the siege of Sevastopol and the fierce Battle of Balaclava on October 25, 1854 which climaxed with the heroic, but near-disastrous calvary charge made by the British Light Brigade against a Russian artillery battery in a small valley which resulted in the near-destruction of the brigade due to error of judgement and rash planning on part by the inept British commanders.

Starring: Trevor Howard, Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Harry Andrews, Jill Bennett, David Hemmings, Ben Aris, Micky Baker, Peter Bowles, Leo Britt ..
Directed by: Tony Richardson
Release date: 1968-04-10
Best History Movies of 1968 : Mayerling
6.

Mayerling

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

Crown Prince Rudolf of Austria clashes with his father, Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria, over implementing progressive policies for their country. Rudolf soon feels he is a man born at the wrong time in a country that doesn't realize the need for social reform. The Prince of Wales, later to become Britain's King Edward VII, provides comic relief. Rudolf finds refuge from a loveless marriage with Princess Stéphanie by taking a mistress, Baroness Maria Vetsera. Their untimely demise at Mayerling, the imperial family's hunting lodge, is cloaked in mystery.

Starring: Omar Sharif, Catherine Deneuve, James Mason, Ava Gardner, James Robertson Justice, Geneviève Page, Andréa Parisy, Ivan Desny, Fabienne Dali, Véronique Vendell ..
Directed by: Terence Young
Release date: 1968-01-01
Best History Movies of 1968 : Manila, Open City
7.

Manila, Open City

3.0
5.7/10 IMDB

War drama set in the closing stages of World War Two. As Allied Forces are nearing the defeat of the Japanese Army in Manila, the Japanese Empire's soldiers begin attacking innocent civilians. A brutal month-long battle ensues.

Starring: Charito Solis, James Shigeta, Alex Nicol, John Ashley, Ric Rodrigo, Mario Montenegro, Mario Montenegro ..
Directed by: Eddie Romero
Release date: 1968-01-13
Best History Movies of 1968 : No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger
8.

No Vietnamese Ever Called Me Nigger

2.9
7.5/10 IMDB

In defending his refusal to be conscripted into the Vietnam War, champion boxer Muhammed Ali defiantly declared: ‘No Vietcong ever called me a nigger, my enemies are white people, not the Vietcong.’ His rebuttal suggested the title of this documentary, which depicts an anti-Vietnam-War rally in New York in 1967.

Directed by: David Loeb Weiss
Release date: 1968-09-01
Best History Movies of 1968 : Gates to Paradise
9.

Gates to Paradise

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

Directed by Polish auteur Andrzej Wajda, the obscure gem unfolds as a sort of 13th century Road Trip, with youthful hormones and selfish impatience trumping nearly all of the (supposedly) pious preoccupations of their handsome leader Jacques (blonde heartthrob John Fordyce, constantly and comically running his fingers through his Beatlesque moptop).

Starring: Lionel Stander, Ferdy Mayne, Pauline Challoner, Mathieu Carrière, Jenny Agutter, John Fordyce, Denis Gilmore, Kynaston Reeves, Janez Vrhovec, Dragomir Felba ..
Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
Release date: 1968-05-31
Best History Movies of 1968 : Revolution
10.

Revolution

2.6
6.8/10 IMDB

The San Francisco scene in 1967-68. Documentary about hippies shot during the height of the movement . Viewpoints from many kinds of people. Music by Steve Miller Band, Mother Earth, Quicksilver Messenger Service and others.

Starring: Herb Caen, Louis Gottlieb, Kurt Hirschhorn, Dan Hicks, Steve Miller, Tracy Nelson, Country Joe McDonald, Today Malone, Ronnie Davis, Ellis D. Sox ..
Directed by: Jack O'Connell
Release date: 1968-07-01
Best History Movies of 1968 : Raja Bersiong
11.

Raja Bersiong

1.5
6.4/10 IMDB

Raja Bersiong, the Fanged King, is a cannibal monarch in the Kedah epic literature Hikayat Merong Mahawangsa (HMM). A king with an intense appetite for human blood that over time he grew fangs and began attacking his own people to feast on them.

Starring: Ahmad Mahmood, Sarimah Ahmad, Noor Azizah, Zaiton ..
Directed by: Dato' Haji Jamil Sulong
Release date: 1968-01-01
Best History Movies of 1968 : Alexander The Great
12.

Alexander The Great

1.3
5.2/10 IMDB

An historical film that follows the life of Alexander the Great, the Macedonian king that united all ancient Greek tribes and led them against the vast Persian Empire. Alexander conquered most of the then-known world and created a Greek empire that spanned all the way from the Balkans to India.

Starring: William Shatner, Adam West, John Cassavetes, Joseph Cotten, Simon Oakland, John Doucette, Robert Fortier, Peter Hansen, Jonathan Kidd, Cliff Osmond ..
Directed by: Phil Karlson
Release date: 1968-01-26
Best History Movies of 1968 : Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages
13.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through The Ages

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A 1968 collaboration between jazz musician Daniel Humair and beat author William S. Burroughs that recuts and reinterprets the 1922 silent film "Haxan" with a Burroughs' dark and wryly comic tone. Essentially the first "remix" film.

Starring: William S. Burroughs, Maren Pedersen ..
Directed by: Benjamin Christensen
Release date: 1968-01-03
14.

Chheen Lay Azadi

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Anti-British Raj film.

Starring: Rani, Sudhir, Saloni, Saqi, Rangeela, Adeeb, Khalifa Nazir, Salma Mumtaz ..
Directed by: Maqsood Ahmed
Release date: 1968-01-26
Best History Movies of 1968 : Luther
15.

Luther

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

An epic drama of the 16th Century Catholic monk Martin Luther who started the Reformation.

Starring: Robert Shaw, Robert Morley, Ronald Fraser ..
Directed by: Stuart Burge
Release date: 1968-01-29
Best History Movies of 1968 : Bloody Che Contra
16.

Bloody Che Contra

0.0
5.7/10 IMDB

The story of Che Guevara's desperate attempt to escape the mountains of Bolivia. Pursued by an elite ranger unit of the army led by a determined CIA agent, Che is eventually trapped and his men are killed.

Starring: Francisco Rabal, John Ireland, Zuzana Martinková, Howard Ross, Andrea Checchi, Giacomo Rossi-Stuart, Guido Lollobrigida ..
Directed by: Paolo Heusch
Release date: 1968-01-01

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