Best History Movies of 1976


All the President's Men

7.9/10 IMDB

During the 1972 elections, two reporters' investigation sheds light on the controversial Watergate scandal that compels President Nixon to resign from his post.

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: 1976-01-18

The Message

8.1/10 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


6.7/10 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

Helter Skelter

7.3/10 IMDB

The investigation of two horrific mass murders leads to the capture and trial of the psychotic pseudo-hippie Charles Manson and his "family".

Starring: George DiCenzo, Steve Railsback, Nancy Wolfe, Marilyn Burns, Christina Hart, Cathey Paine, Alan Oppenheimer, Rudy Ramos, Sondra Blake, George Garro ..
Directed by: Tom Gries
Release date: 1976-04-01

21 Hours at Munich

6.3/10 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 : The First Vision

The First Vision

8.0/10 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
Best History Movies of 1976 : Victory at Entebbe

Victory at Entebbe

5.9/10 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

The Great Houdinis

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

Hollywood on Trial

7.3/10 IMDB

A detailed look at the events leading up to the blacklisting of Hollywood writers and artists. In October 1947 nineteen Hollywood personalities were subpoenaed by the House Committee on Un-American Activities to testify about their knowledge or possible involvement in the American Communist Party. The first ten to be called refused to cooperate, claiming their first amendment rights, were cited for contempt of Congress and sent to prison. They became known as the "Hollywood Ten" and this is their story.

Starring: John Huston ..
Directed by: David Helpern
Release date: 1976-11-01


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

Bound for Freedom

5.7/10 IMDB

In Colonial New England two indentured servants fare differently. Twelve-year-old James is contracted to a family that treats him like a son and his friend Davy works for a callous farmer.

Starring: Fred Gwynne, Lee Richardson, Mary Doyle, Daniel Tamm ..
Directed by: David A. Tapper
Release date: 1976-03-07
Best History Movies of 1976 : The Story of David

The Story of David

6.3/10 IMDB

The "David and Goliath" legend is presented as credibly as possible, while David's later disastrous romance with Bathsheba is handled with taste and decorum. Also in the cast are Anthony Quayle as King Saul, and Terence Hardiman as Bathsheba's unfortunate warrior husband Uriah.

Starring: Timothy Bottoms, Anthony Quayle, Norman Rodway, Oded Teomi, Yehuda Efroni, Antonio Tarruella, Ahuva Yuval, Jane Seymour ..
Directed by: David Lowell Rich, Alex Segal
Release date: 1976-04-08

All This and World War II

5.9/10 IMDB

Peter Gabriel is among the rockstars performing the music of Lennon and McCartney against a montage of World War II newsreel footage.

Starring: Milton Berle, Winston Churchill, Humphrey Bogart, William C. Bullitt, Don DeFore ..
Directed by: Susan Winslow
Release date: 1976-11-12

Judge Horton and the Scottsboro Boys

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
Best History Movies of 1976 : Independence


6.5/10 IMDB

John Huston directs this film giving relevance and life to the hallowed buildings and ground making up Independence National Historical Park. Through vignettes, the people and events are re-created for the present-day visitor. Featuring Eli Wallach as Benjamin Franklin.

Starring: William Atherton, John Favorite, Pat Hingle, Anne Jackson, Ken Howard, Eli Wallach ..
Directed by: John Huston
Release date: 1976-07-04
Best History Movies of 1976 : Atlas: A Sketch of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

Atlas: A Sketch of the Rise and Fall of the Roman Empire

0.0/10 IMDB

Atlas gives the viewer an overview of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire. Beginning in 500 BC, a time clock at the bottom of the screen marks off the years – eight to a second – as the boundaries on the animated map change, showing both the growth including the conquests of Alexander the Great, as well as the decrease as the power of the Romans declined. The film concludes with the invasion of the Huns and the sack of Rome in 476 AD. Music by David Spears.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best History Movies of 1976 : The World of Franklin and Jefferson: The Opening Of An Exhibition

The World of Franklin and Jefferson: The Opening Of An Exhibition

0.0/10 IMDB

A short film of the opening of the last museum exhibition prepared by the Eames. The exhibition was called "The World of Franklin and Jefferson" and was to celebrate the bicentennial of the American Revolution.

Directed by: Charles Eames, Ray Eames
Release date: 1976-01-01
Best History Movies of 1976 : The Message - Arabic Cut

The Message - Arabic Cut

0.0/10 IMDB

The Arabic Cut of the Message. This epic historical drama chronicles the life and times of Prophet Muhammad and serves as an introduction to early Islamic history.

Release date: 1976-07-01
Best History Movies of 1976 : The Story of Jesus Through the Eyes of Children

The Story of Jesus Through the Eyes of Children

0.0/10 IMDB

A captivating retelling of the story of Jesus through the eyes of children who might have encountered Him. Follow the lives of Benjamin, Caleb, Sarah, Joel, Leah, and Nathan, living in Jerusalem about 30 A.D. They hear stories of the Man from Nazareth who heals the sick and raises the dead. They struggle to make sense of it all - some from families who believe Jesus is the Son of God, others from families who do not. They watch Jesus from the crowds. They follow Him to see what this incredible Man, who loves children, will do next. They see Him betrayed, wrongly accused, crucified and buried. But they remember the promise of Jesus and believe they will see Him again.

Starring: Brian Deacon, Mikael Ayele ..
Release date: 1976-01-01

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