Best History Movies of 1970



8.1/10 IMDB

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: Joe Cocker, Richie Havens, Joan Baez, Arlo Guthrie, Ten Years After, John Sebastian, Jimi Hendrix, Fito De la Parra, Janis Joplin, Carlos Santana ..
Directed by: Michael Wadleigh
Release date: 1970-03-26


7.9/10 IMDB

"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, Albert Dumortier, Frank Latimore, Morgan Paull, Karl Michael Vogler, Bill Hickman ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1970-01-25

Tora! Tora! Tora!

7.5/10 IMDB

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, S? Yamamura, Joseph Cotten, Tatsuya Mihashi, E.G. Marshall, James Whitmore, Takahiro Tamura, Jason Robards, Wesley Addy, Frank Aletter ..
Directed by: Richard Fleischer, Kinji Fukasaku, Toshio Masuda
Release date: 1970-01-26


7.2/10 IMDB

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, Dan O'Herlihy, Rupert Davies, Philippe Forquet, Gianni Garko, Ivo Garrani ..
Directed by: Sergey Bondarchuk
Release date: 1970-10-26

Ryan's Daughter

7.4/10 IMDB

An Irish lass is branded a traitor when she falls for a British soldier.

Starring: Sarah Miles, Robert Mitchum, Trevor Howard, Christopher Jones, John Mills, Leo McKern, Barry Foster, Marie Kean, Arthur O'Sullivan, Evin Crowley ..
Directed by: David Lean
Release date: 1970-03-19

The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes

7.0/10 IMDB

Holmes and Dr. Watson take on the case of a beautiful woman whose husband has vanished. The investigation proves strange indeed, involving six missing midgets, villainous monks, a Scottish castle, the Loch Ness monster, and covert naval experiments.

Starring: Robert Stephens, Colin Blakely, Geneviève Page, Christopher Lee, Tamara Toumanova, Clive Revill, Irene Handl, Mollie Maureen, Stanley Holloway, Catherine Lacey ..
Directed by: Billy Wilder
Release date: 1970-10-29
Best History Movies of 1970 : The Six Wives of Henry VIII

The Six Wives of Henry VIII

8.4/10 IMDB

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

The Molly Maguires

6.8/10 IMDB

Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, 1876. A secret society of Irish coal miners, bond by a sacred oath, put pressure on the greedy and ruthless company they work for by sabotaging mining facilities in the hope of improving their working conditions and the lives of their families.

Starring: Sean Connery, Samantha Eggar, Richard Harris, Frank Finlay, Anthony Zerbe, Bethel Leslie, Art Lund, Philip Bourneuf, Ian Abercrombie, Philip Ettington ..
Directed by: Martin Ritt
Release date: 1970-02-08


6.9/10 IMDB

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, Timothy Dalton, Patrick Wymark, Patrick Magee, Nigel Stock, Charles Gray ..
Directed by: Ken Hughes
Release date: 1970-09-16

Start the Revolution Without Me

6.4/10 IMDB

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, Victor Spinetti, Ewa Aulin, Helen Fraser, Rosalind Knight, Harry Fowler ..
Directed by: Bud Yorkin
Release date: 1970-08-14

Julius Caesar

6.1/10 IMDB

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, Christopher Lee, Richard Johnson, Diana Rigg, Michael Gough, Peter Eyre ..
Directed by: Stuart Burge
Release date: 1970-06-04
Best History Movies of 1970 : The Hart of London

The Hart of London

6.6/10 IMDB

"The Hart of London" is an endlessly layered tour de force. It explores life and death, the sense of place and personal displacement, and the intricate aesthetics of representation. It is a personal and spiritual film, marked inevitably by Chambers’s knowledge that he had leukemia. The late American avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage said of Hart, "If I named the five greatest films [ever made], this has got to be one of them." Even this high praise falls short of hyperbole. The Hart of London is at the centre of Chambers’s extraordinary achievement.

Directed by: Jack Chambers
Release date: 1970-11-30
Best History Movies of 1970 : Legend of the Witches

Legend of the Witches

5.2/10 IMDB

A visual exploration into the origins of witchcraft in the UK and in particular the demystification of symbolism still embedded today within many modern religious artefacts and rituals. X-rated upon its original release, this documentary looks in detail at previously hidden magic rites and rituals. Sharing the secrets of initiation into a coven, divination through animal sacrifice, ritual scrying, the casting of a 'death spell', and the chilling intimacy of a Black Mass.

Starring: Guy Standeven, Alex Sanders, Maxine Sanders ..
Directed by: Malcolm Leigh
Release date: 1970-06-05
Best History Movies of 1970 : Shangani Patrol

Shangani Patrol

7.8/10 IMDB

Set in the First Matabele War in what was then Rhodesia; a scouting group from the British South African Company are chasing the Ndebele king Lobengula when they are ambushed by a massive Ndebele forced and must take a desperate last stand.

Starring: Brian O'Shaughnessy, Will Hutchins, Adrian Steed, Patrick Mynhardt, Don McCorkingdale ..
Directed by: David Millin
Release date: 1970-12-03
Best History Movies of 1970 : Right On!

Right On!

7.7/10 IMDB

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
Best History Movies of 1970 : The Black Ships

The Black Ships

6.8/10 IMDB

Created with imagery taken from the 19th-Century Japanese woodcuts on display in the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibition “The Japanese Expedition 1852-1866 of Commodore Matthew Perry,” the film records the opening of the country to Western trade from a Japanese perspective. In Charles’ words, the film “shows something of the special and rare situations that existed when these two cultures came together…one very sophisticated, one with a highly developed technology.” The soundtrack juxtaposes the visuals, with music from the album “Banjo Kings,” an early-American fife-and-drum recording from the Smithsonian Institution archives, and traditional Japanese music from tapes provided by the Japanese embassy.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1970-01-01
Best History Movies of 1970 : Menace on the Mountain

Menace on the Mountain

7.0/10 IMDB

A period piece about the McIver family trying to protect there home from Civil War deserters. Actor Jodie Foster, then approximately 8, plays Suellen McIver. Actor Mitch Vogel, Jamie, is their protector.

Starring: Pat Crowley, Albert Salmi, Charles Aidman, Mitch Vogel, Richard Anderson, Dub Taylor, Eric Shea, Jodie Foster, Dan Ferrone, James Nusser ..
Directed by: Vincent McEveety
Release date: 1970-03-01
Best History Movies of 1970 : This Is New Zealand

This Is New Zealand

8.7/10 IMDB

The movie that wowed audiences at Expo 70. The film combined scenic images including aerial cinematography with rousing classical music such as Sibelius' Karelia Suite. Using then ground-breaking technology, the film required three separate but synchronised 35mm film projectors which projected their images onto an extra-wide screen. In 2004/2005 Archives New Zealand commissioned a restoration at post production facility, Park Road Post. Hugh Macdonald, the original director, was involved in the restoration and Kit Rollings, the original sound mixer assisted with the updated soundtrack. The remastered film was released for sale on DVD in 2014.

Directed by: Hugh MacDonald
Release date: 1970-03-13
Best History Movies of 1970 : Meat Market Arrest

Meat Market Arrest

0.0/10 IMDB

In January 1970, filmmaker and activist Pat Rocco went to a gay nightclub on W. El Segundo Blvd. in the Gardena neighborhood of Los Angeles called Meat Market. They were advertising a nude dancing performance, which had become the focus of some controversy and led to arrests of the dancers and the manager. In the short documentary, Rocco arrives just as one of the arrests is taking place, capturing footage of the police leading the dancers, Michael Craig and Bob Philpot, out of the nightclub. His intention was to film the dance as evidence for a court case involving the dancer Bob Philpot—regarded as the first male nude go-go dancer—who had been previously arrested on obscenity charges. Rocco speaks with Walter Culpepper, a Los Angeles lawyer who represents the dancers charged and explains the nature of the charges. Patrons of Meat Market are interviewed and describe the dance performance as more artistic than sexual in nature.

Starring: Pat Rocco ..
Directed by: Pat Rocco
Release date: 1970-02-25
Best History Movies of 1970 : Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther

Eldridge Cleaver, Black Panther

6.3/10 IMDB

The portrait of Eldridge Cleaver, the "Minister of Information" for the Black Panthers movement, in exile in Algiers.

Starring: Eldridge Cleaver, Kathleen Cleaver ..
Directed by: William Klein
Release date: 1970-08-24

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