Best History Movies of 1971

1.

The Devils

5.5
7.8/10 IMDB

A dramatised historical account of the rise and fall of Urbain Grandier, a 17th-century Roman Catholic priest accused of witchcraft following alleged demonic possessions of sexually repressed nuns.

Starring: Oliver Reed, Vanessa Redgrave, Dudley Sutton, Max Adrian, Gemma Jones, Murray Melvin, John Woodvine, Christopher Logue, Michael Gothard, Georgina Hale ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1971-07-01
2.

Macbeth

5.2
7.4/10 IMDB

Scotland, 11th century. Driven by the twisted prophecy of three witches and the ruthless ambition of his wife, warlord Macbeth, bold and brave, but also weak and hesitant, betrays his good king and his brothers in arms and sinks into the bloody mud of a path with no return, sown with crime and suspicion.

Starring: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride, Nicholas Selby, Stephan Chase, Paul Shelley, Keith Chegwin, Mark Dightam ..
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1971-12-20
Best History Movies of 1971 : Sacco & Vanzetti
3.

Sacco & Vanzetti

4.0
7.8/10 IMDB

The story of two anarchists who were charged and unfairly tried for murder when it was really for their political convictions.

Starring: Gian Maria Volonté, Riccardo Cucciolla, Cyril Cusack, Rosanna Fratello, Geoffrey Keen, Milo O’Shea, William Prince, Claude Mann, Armenia Balducci, Sergio Fantoni ..
Directed by: Giuliano Montaldo
Release date: 1971-03-16
4.

Nicholas and Alexandra

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Tsar Nicholas II, the inept last monarch of Russia, insensitive to the needs of his people, is overthrown and exiled to Siberia with his family.

Starring: Michael Jayston, Janet Suzman, Roderic Noble, Ania Marson, Lynne Frederick, Candance Glendenning, Harry Andrews, Irene Worth, Tom Baker, Jack Hawkins ..
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1971-11-29
5.

Mary, Queen of Scots

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

Mary Stuart, who was named Queen of Scotland when she was only six days old, is the last Roman Catholic ruler of Scotland. She is imprisoned at the age of 23 by her cousin Elizabeth Tudor, the English Queen and her arch adversary. Nineteen years later the life of Mary is to be ended on the scaffold and with her execution the last threat to Elizabeth's throne has been removed. The two Queens with their contrasting personalities make a dramatic counterpoint to history.

Starring: Vanessa Redgrave, Glenda Jackson, Patrick McGoohan, Timothy Dalton, Nigel Davenport, Trevor Howard, Daniel Massey, Ian Holm, Andrew Keir, Tom Fleming ..
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1971-12-22
6.

The Last Valley

3.7
7.2/10 IMDB

People in a small German village in the last valley to remain untouched by the devastating Thirty Years' War try to exist in peace with a group of soldiers occupying the valley.

Starring: Michael Caine, Omar Sharif, Florinda Bolkan, Nigel Davenport, Per Oscarsson, Madeleine Hinde, Yorgo Voyagis, Miguel Alejandro, Christian Roberts, Brian Blessed ..
Directed by: James Clavell
Release date: 1971-01-28
7.

Carry On Henry

3.4
6.2/10 IMDB

Henry VIII has just married Marie of Normandy, and is eager to consummate their marriage. Unfortunately for Henry, she is always eating garlic, and refuses to stop. Deciding to get rid of her in his usual manner, Henry has to find some way of doing it without provoking war with Marie's cousin, the King of France. Perhaps if she had an affair...

Starring: Sid James, Kenneth Williams, Charles Hawtrey, Joan Sims, Terry Scott, Barbara Windsor, Kenneth Connor, Julian Holloway, Peter Gilmore, Julian Orchard ..
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1971-01-01
Best History Movies of 1971 : Kidnapped
8.

Kidnapped

3.3
6.2/10 IMDB

Scottish orphan David Balfour is betrayed by his wicked uncle Ebeneezer, who arranges for David to be kidnapped and sold into slavery so that he cannot claim his inheritance. The boy is rescued and befriended by Alan Breck, a Scottish rebel fighting on behalf of his country's independence from the British.

Starring: Michael Caine, Lawrence Douglas, Vivien Heilbron, Trevor Howard, Jack Hawkins, Donald Pleasence, Gordon Jackson, Freddie Jones, Jack Watson ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1971-12-22
9.

The Courage of the People

2.6
7.1/10 IMDB

A documentary reenactment of the government-ordered massacre of striking tin miners and their families at the Siglo XX Mines in 1967 in Bolivia.

Starring: Domitila de Chungara, Eusebio Gironda, Federico Vallejo, Felicidad Coca García ..
Directed by: Jorge Sanjinés
Release date: 1971-06-26
Best History Movies of 1971 : The Rank and File
10.

The Rank and File

2.5
6.6/10 IMDB

Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play; a fictionalised account of the Pilkingtons Glass strike in St Helens, 1970.

Starring: Peter Kerrigan, Neville Smith, Bill Dean, Tommy Summers, Joan Flood, Johnny Gee, Mike Hayden, Bert King, Ernie Mack, Michael Forrest ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1971-05-20

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