Best History Movies of 1971

1.

The Devils

5.5
7.8/10

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
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1971-07-01
2.

Macbeth

5.2
7.4/10

A ruthlessly ambitious Scottish lord siezes the throne with the help of his scheming wife and a trio of witches.

Starring: Jon Finch, Francesca Annis, Martin Shaw, Terence Bayler, John Stride
Directed by: Roman Polanski
Release date: 1971-10-13
3.

Sacco & Vanzetti

4.0
7.8/10
Sacco & Vanzetti
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
Directed by: Giuliano Montaldo
Release date: 1971-03-16
4.

Nicholas and Alexandra

3.8
7.2/10

Biography of the last Russian Monarch, Tsar Nicholas II and his Tsarina, Alexandra.Czar Nicholas II, the inept 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
Directed by: Franklin J. Schaffner
Release date: 1971-11-29
5.

Mary, Queen of Scots

3.7
7.2/10

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
Directed by: Charles Jarrott
Release date: 1971-12-22
6.

Carry On Henry

3.4
6.2/10

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
Directed by: Gerald Thomas
Release date: 1971-01-01
7.

The Birdmen

3.1
6.7/10
The Birdmen
During WWII an American soldier sent to Norway to help with the escape of a scientist working on the atomic bomb for the Germans. Before they can escape they are captured and sent to a POW prison camp in an alpine castle. Cook must find a way to escape with the scientist before the Gestapo discover the Norwegian's true identity and convinces the other prisoners to build a two person glider in which they plan to escape.
Starring: Doug McClure, Rene Auberjonois, Richard Basehart, Chuck Connors, Max Baer, Jr.
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1971-09-18
8.

The Courage of the People

2.6
7.2/10

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

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