Best History Movies of 1972

1.

Jeremiah Johnson

5.3
7.5/10 IMDB

A mountain man who wishes to live the life of a hermit becomes the unwilling object of a long vendetta by Indians when he proves to be the match of their warriors in one-to-one combat on the early frontier.

Starring: Robert Redford, Will Geer, Delle Bolton, Josh Albee, Joaquín Martínez, Allyn Ann McLerie, Stefan Gierasch, Richard Angarola, Paul Benedict, Charles Tyner ..
Directed by: Sydney Pollack
Release date: 1972-09-10
2.

1776

3.8
7.6/10 IMDB

The film focuses on the representatives of the Thirteen original colonies who participated in the Second Continental Congress. 1776 depicts the three months of deliberation (and, oftentimes, acrimonious debate) that led up to the signing of one of the most important documents in the History of the United States, the Declaration of Independence.

Starring: William Daniels, Howard Da Silva, Ken Howard, Blythe Danner, Donald Madden, John Cullum, Roy Poole, David Ford, Ron Holgate, William Hansen ..
Directed by: Peter H. Hunt
Release date: 1972-11-09
Best History Movies of 1972 : Judy: Impressions of Garland
3.

Judy: Impressions of Garland

3.4
8.2/10 IMDB

This BBC/MGM-TV co-produced documentary on the life and career of Judy Garland includes interviews with Liza Minnelli, Charles Walters and Mickey Rooney.

Release date: 1972-12-24
4.

Our Latin Thing (Nuestra Cosa)

3.3
7.7/10 IMDB

Leon Gast's musical documentary reveals New York City's Latin culture and features live performances of salsa greats The Fania All Stars and The Spanish Speaking People of New York. A document of urban American Hispanic culture, Gast's film captures the rhythms of New York's Spanish Harlem, from illegal cockfights and Santeria rituals to the rooftops and backstreets of El Barrio and the legendary musicians performing at the Cheetah club.

Starring: Héctor Lavoe, Willie Colón, Ray Barretto, Bobby Cruz, Cheo Feliciano, Richie Ray, Bobby Valentín, Ismael Miranda, Roberto Roena ..
Directed by: Leon Gast
Release date: 1972-01-01
Best History Movies of 1972 : The Assassination of Trotsky
5.

The Assassination of Trotsky

2.9
5.7/10 IMDB

A Stalinist assassin tracks exiled revolutionary Leon Trotsky to Mexico in 1940.

Starring: Richard Burton, Alain Delon, Romy Schneider, Valentina Cortese, Duilio Del Prete, Enrico Maria Salerno, Luigi Vannucchi, Jean Desailly, Simone Valère, Peter Chatel ..
Directed by: Joseph Losey
Release date: 1972-04-20
Best History Movies of 1972 : 1870
6.

1870

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

Rome, 1870. Opponents of the church power are being sent to prison. Some of the exhausted prisoners are asking for the mercy of Pope. Others, like Augusto Parenti, prefer to fight for their rights until the end. His wife, Teresa is a simple woman, who gets involved with the rebels.

Starring: Anna Magnani, Marcello Mastroianni, Mario Carotenuto, Osvaldo Ruggeri, Ermelinda De Felice, Gastone Bartolucci, Franco Balducci, Luciano Bonanni, Winni Riva, Massimo Sarchielli ..
Directed by: Alfredo Giannetti
Release date: 1972-01-07
7.

Hollywood: The Dream Factory

2.7
6.7/10 IMDB

This documentary explores and celebrates Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer film studio's glorious history. MGM's eventual decline led to the sale of its back lot and props.

Starring: Dick Cavett ..
Release date: 1972-01-10
Best History Movies of 1972 : Lady Caroline Lamb
8.

Lady Caroline Lamb

2.5
5.5/10 IMDB

Lady Caroline Lamb, dissatisfied in her marriage, has an affair with the dashing Romantic poet Lord Byron.

Starring: Sarah Miles, Jon Finch, Richard Chamberlain, John Mills, Margaret Leighton, Pamela Brown, Silvia Monti, Ralph Richardson, Laurence Olivier, Caterina Boratto ..
Directed by: Robert Bolt
Release date: 1972-11-22
9.

Burke & Hare

2.4
5.3/10 IMDB

Two men go into business supplying medical colleges with cadavers by robbing graves.

Starring: Harry Andrews, Glynn Edwards, Yootha Joyce, Françoise Pascal, Yutte Stensgaard, Robin Hawdon, Alan Tucker, Dee Shenderey, Joan Carol, Paul Greaves ..
Directed by: Vernon Sewell
Release date: 1972-02-03
10.

The Technique and the Rite

2.2
5.5/10 IMDB

The narrative concerns the barbaric exploits of Attila The Hun and yet none of the characters ever leave the remote seaside stretch of land on which the film is set or do much of anything – with the ensuing moralizing interrupted only by the occasional (and equally obscure) music-infused rites.

Starring: József Madaras, Marco Guglielmi, Adalberto Maria Merli, Brizio Montinaro, Piero Faggioni, Luigi Montini, Sergio Enria, Anna Zinnemann ..
Directed by: Miklós Jancsó
Release date: 1972-05-12
11.

Shelley

1.8
8.5/10 IMDB

TV Movie directed by Alan Bridges

Starring: Jenny Agutter, Peter Bowles, Judy Matheson, Clifford Rose, Robert Powell, Lalla Ward, Robert Sansom ..
Directed by: Alan Bridges
Release date: 1972-07-05
Best History Movies of 1972 : Dust Unto Dust
12.

Dust Unto Dust

1.8
7.8/10 IMDB

A white child is orphaned in the desert by his dying parents, grows up alone, and is found by a Native American and his half breed brother, from whom he finally learns about love. The two men are outcasts from their own tribe, having rejected making love to women and enjoying only male-to-male sex.

Starring: Olin, Poco Allen, Damon Rosi ..
Directed by: Tom DeSimone
Release date: 1972-05-01
Best History Movies of 1972 : Stocker's Copper
13.

Stocker's Copper

1.7
7.5/10 IMDB

In August 1913 a strike at a Cornish clay pit leads to Welsh police being sent to keep order. Having no other source of income, a striking miner is forced to take in one of the policemen as a lodger. They soon become friends, but escalating tension at the mine means that conflict will become inevitable.

Starring: Gareth Thomas, Bryan Marshall, Jane Lapotaire, Tony Caunter, Malcolm Tierney, Dominic Allan, William Moore, Angela Billing, Barry Hawken, Harry Littlewood ..
Directed by: Jack Gold
Release date: 1972-01-20
Best History Movies of 1972 : The Great Man's Whiskers
14.

The Great Man's Whiskers

1.7
7.6/10 IMDB

A young girl writes to President Abraham Lincoln to advise him to grow a beard.

Starring: Dean Jones, Ann Sothern, Dennis Weaver, John McGiver, Harve Presnell, Beth Brickell, Cindy Eilbacher, Richard Erdman, Isabel Sanford, Nicole Meggerson ..
Directed by: Philip Leacock
Release date: 1972-05-02
Best History Movies of 1972 : The Sordid Affair
15.

The Sordid Affair

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

At the height of the Watergate scandal on April 30, 1973, President Richard Nixon delivered his first major speech broadcast live from the White House, addressing the charges being made against his Presidency. Produced by Dimitri Devyatkin, with Walter Wright on synthesizer, the video is an overlay of mesmerizing computerized animations that reflect upon the speech.

Starring: Richard Nixon ..
Directed by: Dimitri Devyatkin
Release date: 1972-05-02

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