Best History Movies of 1976

1.

All the President's Men

6.5
8.0/10 IMDB

In the run-up to the 1972 elections, Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward covers what seems to be a minor break-in at the Democratic Party National Headquarters. He is surprised to find top lawyers already on the defense case, and the discovery of names and addresses of Republican fund organizers on the accused further arouses his suspicions. After the editor of the Post runs with the story and assigns Woodward and Carl Bernstein to it, they find the trail leading higher and higher in the Republican Party—and eventually into the White House itself.

Starring: Robert Redford, Dustin Hoffman, Jack Warden, Martin Balsam, Hal Holbrook, Jason Robards, Jane Alexander, Meredith Baxter, Ned Beatty, Stephen Collins ..
Directed by: Alan J. Pakula
Release date: 1976-04-04
2.

The Message

5.6
8.2/10 IMDB

Handsomely-mounted historical epic concerns the birth of the Islamic faith and the story of the prophet Mohammed.

Starring: Anthony Quinn, Irene Papas, Michael Ansara, Johnny Sekka, Michael Forest, Garrick Hagon, Nicholas Amer, Damien Thomas, André Morell, Martin Benson ..
Directed by: Moustapha Akkad
Release date: 1976-03-09
3.

Midway

4.8
6.8/10 IMDB

This war drama depicts the U.S. and Japanese forces in the naval Battle of Midway, which became a turning point for Americans during World War II.

Starring: Charlton Heston, Henry Fonda, James Coburn, Glenn Ford, Hal Holbrook, Robert Mitchum, Toshir? Mifune, Cliff Robertson, Robert Wagner, Robert Webber ..
Directed by: Jack Smight
Release date: 1976-06-18
Best History Movies of 1976 : The First Vision
4.

The First Vision

3.2
7.9/10 IMDB

Seeking the true Church of Jesus Christ, 14-year-old Joseph Smith prayed in a grove of trees near his home in Palmyra, New York. In answer to his humble prayer, Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ visited him and told him that he must not join any of the churches on the earth at that time.

Starring: Stewart Petersen ..
Directed by: David Kent Jacobs
Release date: 1976-06-15
5.

The Great Houdinis

2.8
6.4/10 IMDB

A biography of the renowned escape artist Harry Houdini, examining his fascination with the occult and his promise to his wife on her deathbed that he would speak from the beyond.

Starring: Paul Michael Glaser, Sally Struthers, Ruth Gordon, Vivian Vance, Adrienne Barbeau, Bill Bixby, Jack Carter, Peter Cushing, Nina Foch, Wilfrid Hyde-White ..
Directed by: Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1976-10-08
6.

21 Hours at Munich

2.7
6.4/10 IMDB

A dramatization of the incident in 1972 when Arab terrorists broke into the Olympic compound in Munich and murdered 11 Israeli athletes.

Starring: William Holden, Shirley Knight, Franco Nero, Anthony Quayle, Richard Basehart, Noel Willman, Georg Marischka, Else Quecke, Michael Degen, Djamchid Soheili ..
Directed by: William A. Graham
Release date: 1976-11-07
Best History Movies of 1976 : Victory at Entebbe
7.

Victory at Entebbe

2.5
6.1/10 IMDB

The film is based on an actual event: Operation Entebbe and the freeing of Israeli hostages at Entebbe Airport (now Entebbe International Airport) in Uganda.

Starring: Helmut Berger, Theodore Bikel, Linda Blair, Kirk Douglas, Richard Dreyfuss, Stefan Gierasch, David Groh, Julius Harris, Helen Hayes, Anthony Hopkins ..
Directed by: Marvin J. Chomsky
Release date: 1976-12-13
8.

Drum

2.3
5.4/10 IMDB

A mid-19th century mulatto slave is torn between his success as a pit-fighter and the injustices of white society.

Starring: Warren Oates, Pam Grier, Ken Norton, Isela Vega, Yaphet Kotto, John Coliscos, Fiona Lewis, Paula Kelly, Royal Dano, Brenda Sykes ..
Directed by: Burt Kennedy, Steve Carver
Release date: 1976-07-30
Best History Movies of 1976 : Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys
9.

Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys

1.6
7.0/10 IMDB

In 1930s Alabama, nine young black men are accused of raping two white women. The judge in the case, unlike the rest of the town, comes to believe that the boys are innocent and, against all advice from his friends and family, sets them free, which turns the entire community against him.

Starring: Arthur Hill, Lewis J. Stadlen, Ken Kercheval, Vera Miles, Ellen Barber, Susan Lederer, David Harris, Robert Fields, Rony Clanton, Tom Ligon ..
Directed by: Fielder Cook
Release date: 1976-04-22

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