Best History Movies of 1974


The White Dawn

7.1/10 IMDB

In 1896, three survivors of a whaling ship-wreck in the Canadian Arctic are saved and adopted by an Eskimo tribe but frictions arise when the three start misbehaving.

Starring: Warren Oates, Timothy Bottoms, Louis Gossett Jr., Joanasie Salamonie, Simonie Kopapik, Pilitak, Sagiaktok, Munamee Sako, Pitseolai Kili, Meetook Mallee ..
Directed by: Philip Kaufman
Release date: 1974-07-21

Moses the Lawgiver

6.2/10 IMDB

Story of Moses. Originally a TV Miniseries recut for theaters

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Anthony Quayle, Ingrid Thulin, Irene Papas, Aharon Ipalé, Marina Berti, Joseph Shiloach, Shmuel Rodensky, Mariangela Melato, Laurent Terzieff ..
Directed by: Gianfranco De Bosio
Release date: 1974-12-22
Best History Movies of 1974 : Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons

Penthesilea: Queen of the Amazons

6.4/10 IMDB

Penthesilea, the first of six films made by Laura Mulvey and Peter Wollen, traverses thousands of years to look at the image of the Amazonian woman in myth. It asks, among other questions, is the Amazonian woman a rare strong female image or is she a figure derived from male phantasy? The film explores the complexities of such questions, but does not seek any concrete answers.

Starring: Debra Dolnansky, Michael Thomas, Jan Creighton, Jim Goode, Lisa Kephart, Pat Kerwin, Whit MacLaughlin, Kristine Nielsen, Brian Reich, Jerry Stropnicky ..
Directed by: Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen
Release date: 1974-01-01

The Abdication

6.1/10 IMDB

Queen Christina of Sweden abdicates and travels to Rome to embrace the Catholic church.

Starring: Peter Finch, Liv Ullmann, Cyril Cusack, Paul Rogers, Graham Crowden, Michael Dunn, Kathleen Byron, Lewis Fiander, Harold Goldblatt, Tony Steedman ..
Directed by: Anthony Harvey
Release date: 1974-10-03

The Cheviot, the Stag and the Black, Black Oil

8.7/10 IMDB

The "ceilidh play", as writer John McGrath styled it, is presented in the BBC's 1974 "Play for Today" production to a live audience intercut with filmed reconstructions of the Highland Clearances and the Victorian obsession with hunting stags. Restored in high definition from the original film masters held in the BBC Archives.

Starring: John Bett, Dolina MacLennan, David Maclennan, Elizabeth MacLennan, Alex Norton, Bill Paterson, Allan Ross, John McGrath, Charles Kearney, James Cosmo ..
Directed by: John Mackenzie
Release date: 1974-06-06
Best History Movies of 1974 : The Lives of Benjamin Franklin

The Lives of Benjamin Franklin

8.0/10 IMDB

A mini-series made up of four plays each showing Benjamin Franklin at a different stage in his life. In each episode, Franklin is played by a different actor.

Release date: 1974-11-21
Best History Movies of 1974 : The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One

The F.B.I. Story: The FBI Versus Alvin Karpis, Public Enemy Number One

6.2/10 IMDB

J. Edgar Hoover and the FBI go after notorious bank robber and kidnapper Alvin Karpis and his gang.

Starring: Robert Foxworth, David Wayne, Kay Lenz, Gary Lockwood, Anne Francis, Chris Robinson, Eileen Heckart, Harris Yulin, Alexandra Hay, Betty Anne Rees ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1974-11-08
Best History Movies of 1974 : Between Wars

Between Wars

5.8/10 IMDB

This film traces the career of Dr Edward Trenbow (Corin Redgrave), who becomes a well-respected Sydney psychiatrist. In the 1920s, he takes up residence at Callan Park Asylum. The film touches on issues of psychoanalysis and physical treatments, such as fever treatment.

Starring: Corin Redgrave, Judy Morris, Günter Meisner ..
Directed by: Michael Thornhill
Release date: 1974-11-15
Best History Movies of 1974 : Kepler's Laws

Kepler's Laws

0.0/10 IMDB

Animated graphic symbols presented in a constant time frame are used to diagram and explain the laws of planetary motion devised by the Sixteenth-century astronomer Johannes Kepler. “Little Suite”, guitar and lute music composed by Galileo Galilei’s father Vincenzo, is performed by Laurindo Almeida

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best History Movies of 1974 : Occupations


0.0/10 IMDB

In an attempt to win better conditions for the workers in 1920s Turin, Gramsci leads a takeover of the factories by the workers. He is offered assistance by Kabak (who has just arrived from Moscow) but Gramsci soon realizes Kabak is not motivated by ideology, as he has other motives.

Starring: Jack Shepherd, Nigel Hawthorne, Georgina Hale, Donald Pleasence, Natasha Parry, Richard Leech, John Steiner ..
Directed by: Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Release date: 1974-01-01
Best History Movies of 1974 : The God King

The God King

7.6/10 IMDB

Epic tale set in 5th century Sri Lanka, following the battle for the throne between Kassapa and his father King Dhatusena

Starring: Leigh Lawson, Oliver Tobias, Geoffrey Russell, Ravindra Randeniya ..
Directed by: Lester James Peries
Release date: 1974-01-01

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