Best History Movies of 1970

1.

Woodstock

5.7
8.2/10

An intimate look at the Woodstock Music & Art Festival held in Bethel, NY in 1969, from preparation through cleanup, with historic access to insiders, blistering concert footage, and portraits of the concertgoers; negative and positive aspects are shown, from drug use by performers to naked fans sliding in the mud, from the collapse of the fences by the unexpected hordes to the surreal arrival of National Guard helicopters with food and medical assistance for the impromptu city of 500,000.

Starring: Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Roger Daltrey, John Entwistle, Keith Moon
Directed by: Michael Wadleigh
Release date: 1970-03-26
2.

Patton

5.7
8.0/10

"Patton" tells the tale of General George S. Patton, famous tank commander of World War II. The film begins with patton's career in North Africa and progresses through the invasion of Germany and the fall of the Third Reich. Side plots also speak of Patton's numerous faults such his temper and habit towards insubordination.

Starring: George C. Scott, Karl Malden, Stephen Young, Michael Strong, Carey Loftin
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1970-01-25
3.

Tora! Tora! Tora!

5.3
7.5/10

In the summer of 1941, the United States and Japan seem on the brink of war after constant embargos and failed diplomacy come to no end. "Tora! Tora! Tora!", named after the code words use by the lead Japanese pilot to indicate they had surprised the Americans, covers the days leading up to the attack on Pearl Harbor, which plunged America into the Second World War.

Starring: Martin Balsam, Sô Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi, E.G. Marshall
Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda
Release date: 1970-01-26
4.

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

4.2
8.4/10
The Six Wives of Henry VIII
On his deathbed, King Henry VIII recalls how he wooed and wed his six wives - and disposed of five of them - in a bid to secure the succession to the throne with a male heir. Despite his many marriages and the crowded court, Henry remains essentially lonely.
Release date: 1970-01-01
5.

Waterloo

4.0
7.3/10

After defeating France and imprisoning Napoleon on Elba, ending two decades of war, Europe is shocked to find Napoleon has escaped and has caused the French Army to defect from the King back to him. The best of the British generals, the Duke of Wellington, beat Napolean's best generals in Spain and Portugal, but now must beat Napoleon himself with an Anglo Allied army.

Starring: Rod Steiger, Christopher Plummer, Orson Welles, Jack Hawkins, Virginia McKenna
Directed by: Sergey Bondarchuk
Release date: 1970-10-26
6.

The Molly Maguires

3.6
6.9/10

Life is rough in the coal mines of 1876 Pennsylvania. A secret group of Irish emigrant miners, known as the Molly Maguires, fights against the cruelty of the mining company with sabotage and murder. A detective, also an Irish emigrant, is hired to infiltrate the group and report on its members. But on which side do his sympathies lie?

Starring: Sean Connery, Samantha Eggar, Richard Harris, Frank Finlay, Anthony Zerbe
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1970-01-27
7.

Cromwell

3.6
6.9/10

Disgusted with the policies of King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell plans to take his family to the New World. But on the eve of their departure, Cromwell is drawn into the tangled web of religion and politics that will result in the English Civil War.

Starring: Richard Harris, Alec Guinness, Robert Morley, Dorothy Tutin, Frank Finlay
Directed by: Ken Hughes
Release date: 1970-09-16
8.

Start the Revolution Without Me

3.3
6.5/10

An account of the adventures of two sets of identical twins, badly scrambled at birth, on the eve of the French Revolution. One set is haughty and aristocratic, the other poor and somewhat dim. They find themselves involved in palace intrigues as history happens around them. Based, very loosely, on Dickens's "A Tale of Two Cities," Dumas's "The Corsican Brothers," etc.

Starring: Gene Wilder, Donald Sutherland, Hugh Griffith, Jack MacGowran, Billie Whitelaw
Directed by: Bud Yorkin
Release date: 1970-08-14
9.

Julius Caesar

3.2
6.1/10
Julius Caesar
All-star cast glamorizes this lavish 1970 remake of the classic William Shakespeare play, which portrays the assassination of Julius Caesar on the Ides of March, and the resulting war between the faction led by the assassins and the faction led by Mark Anthony.
Starring: Charlton Heston, Jason Robards, John Gielgud, Robert Vaughn, Richard Chamberlain
Directed by: Stuart Burge
Release date: 1970-06-04
10.

Right On!

1.7
7.7/10
Right On!
Filmed on the rooftops of lower Manhattan, this performance film features the original Last Poets performing 28 numbers adapted from their legendary Concept-East Poetry appearance at New York's Paperback Theater in 1969. Described as “a conspiracy of ritual, street theater, soul music and cinema."
Starring: Gylan Kain, Felipe Luciano
Directed by: Herbert Danska
Release date: 1970-10-01
11.

Dust Unto Dust

1.7
7.4/10
Dust Unto Dust
Dust Unto Dust
Starring: Olin, Pasqual, Damon Rosi
Directed by: Tom DeSimone
Release date: 1970-06-01

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