Best History Movies of 1977

1.

A Bridge Too Far

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

Operation Market Garden, September 1944. The Allies attempt to capture several strategically important bridges in the Netherlands in the hope of breaking the German lines.

Starring: Dirk Bogarde, James Caan, Michael Caine, Sean Connery, Edward Fox, Elliott Gould, Gene Hackman, Anthony Hopkins, Hardy Krüger, Laurence Olivier ..
Directed by: Richard Attenborough
Release date: 1977-06-15
2.

Jesus of Nazareth

5.3
8.5/10 IMDB

Beginning before the Nativity and extending through the Crucifixion and Resurrection, this mini-series brings to life all of the sweeping drama in the life of Jesus, as told by the Gospels.

Starring: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Farentino, Ian McShane, Christopher Plummer, Olivia Hussey, Tony Vogel, John Duttine, Michael York ..
Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 1977-04-03
3.

Cross of Iron

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

It is 1943, and the German army—ravaged and demoralised—is hastily retreating from the Russian front. In the midst of the madness, conflict brews between the aristocratic yet ultimately pusillanimous Captain Stransky and the courageous Corporal Steiner. Stransky is the only man who believes that the Third Reich is still vastly superior to the Russian army. However, within his pompous persona lies a quivering coward who longs for the Iron Cross so that he can return to Berlin a hero. Steiner, on the other hand is cynical, defiantly non-conformist and more concerned with the safety of his own men rather than the horde of military decorations offered to him by his superiors.

Starring: James Coburn, Maximilian Schell, James Mason, David Warner, Klaus Löwitsch, Vadim Glowna, Roger Fritz, Dieter Schidor, Burkhard Driest, Fred Stillkrauth ..
Directed by: Sam Peckinpah
Release date: 1977-01-29
Best History Movies of 1977 : Jesus of Nazareth
4.

Jesus of Nazareth

5.2
8.5/10 IMDB

Acclaimed director Franco Zeffirelli and an all-star cast come together to deliver a powerful adaptation of the Gospels in 1977's Jesus Of Nazareth. From the Nativity to the Crucifixion and Resurrection, the life of Jesus (played by Robert Powell) is presented with stunning depth, gravity and emotion.

Starring: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Farentino, Ian McShane ..
Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 1977-03-27
5.

Jesus of Nazareth

5.1
8.5/10 IMDB

Passion, beauty, and brilliant storytelling are all on display in this six-hour-plus epic from Italian director Franco Zeffirelli. Robert Powell is superb in the title role, and with the overwhelming success of this TV movie throughout the world, has perhaps become what Jesus looks like in many people's minds. The story begins with the arrangements of the wedding between Joseph and Mary, and chronicles the nativity, the encounter with John the Baptist (a ferocious Michael York) and everything up to the crucifixion and resurrection.

Release date: 1977-03-27
Best History Movies of 1977 : The Man in the Iron Mask
6.

The Man in the Iron Mask

3.5
6.6/10 IMDB

The story of Louis XIV of France and his attempts to keep his identical twin brother Philippe imprisoned away from sight and knowledge of the public, and Philippe's rescue by the aging Musketeers, led by D'Artagnan.

Starring: Richard Chamberlain, Jenny Agutter, Patrick McGoohan, Louis Jourdan, Ian Holm, Vivien Merchant, Brenda Bruce, Ralph Richardson, Denis Lawson, Hugh Fraser ..
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 1977-07-17
7.

MacArthur

3.4
6.5/10 IMDB

The film portrays MacArthur's (Gregory Peck) life from 1942, before the Battle of Bataan, to 1952, the time after he had been removed from his Korean War command by President Truman (Ed Flanders) for insubordination, and is recounted in flashback as he visits West Point.

Starring: Gregory Peck, Ivan Bonar, Ward Costello, Nicolas Coster, Marj Dusay, Ed Flanders, Warde Donovan, Branscombe Richmond, Jerry Holland, Robert V. Barron ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1977-07-01
8.

Valentino

3.2
6.1/10 IMDB

In 1926 the tragic and untimely death of a silent screen actor caused female moviegoers to riot in the streets and in some cases to commit suicide...

Starring: Rudolf Nureyev, Leslie Caron, Michelle Phillips, Carol Kane, Felicity Kendal, William Hootkins, Seymour Cassel, Peter Vaughan, Huntz Hall, David de Keyser ..
Directed by: Ken Russell
Release date: 1977-09-07
Best History Movies of 1977 : Wilma
9.

Wilma

2.8
6.1/10 IMDB

The story of American track sprinter Wilma Rudolph, who overcame physical handicaps to win three gold medals in the 1960 Olympics.

Starring: Shirley Jo Finney, Cicely Tyson, Jason Bernard, Joe Seneca, Denzel Washington, Charles Blackwell, Norman Matlock, Larry Scott, Réjane Magloire, L. Warren Young ..
Directed by: Bud Greenspan
Release date: 1977-12-19
10.

Scott Joplin

2.7
6.6/10 IMDB

The life story of Scott Joplin and how he became the greatest ragtime composer of all time.

Starring: Billy Dee Williams, Clifton Davis, Margaret Avery, Eubie Blake, Godfrey Cambridge, Seymour Cassel, DeWayne Jessie, Mabel King, Taj Mahal, Spo-De-Odee ..
Directed by: Jeremy Kagan
Release date: 1977-12-30
11.

Mao by Mao

2.7
7.4/10 IMDB

A film-détournement biography of Mao Tse-tung in which the life of the recently deceased Great Helmsman is told in his own words, using quotes culled from various Red Guard publications. The rise to power of the film's namesake appears as the inevitable outcome of a dialectical logical. Or so the voice-over might lead one to believe. If the usual practice of détourned films is for the soundtrack to undermine the image, here the reverse occasionally takes place. The images critique Mao's words. They show that which, even in the official visual record of the times, the narrative elides. The film is dedicated to Li Yhi Zhe, the nominal author of a famous Democracy Wall critique of the Maoist state.

Starring: Mao Zedong ..
Directed by: René Viénet, Wu Xing-ming, Francis Deron
Release date: 1977-05-01
12.

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

2.4
6.1/10 IMDB

The files that escaped the shredder have become an incredible motion picture. From the Kennedys to Martin Luther King. From cab drivers to Congressmen. From housewives to hostesses. He had something on 58 million people. It was all in his files. Now you can see how he used it.

Starring: Broderick Crawford, James Wainwright, Michael Parks, José Ferrer, Rip Torn, Ronee Blakley, Hanns Manship, Celeste Holm, Dan Dailey, Howard Da Silva ..
Directed by: Larry Cohen
Release date: 1977-12-01
Best History Movies of 1977 : In Search of Noah's Ark
13.

In Search of Noah's Ark

1.9
4.7/10 IMDB

An investigation into the theory that Mt. Ararat in Turkey is the final resting place of Noah's Ark.

Starring: Brad Crandall ..
Directed by: James L. Conway
Release date: 1977-02-11
Best History Movies of 1977 : A Good Dissonance Like a Man
14.

A Good Dissonance Like a Man

1.8
8.2/10 IMDB

A thoroughly researched biopic of Charles Ives, America's greatest and most innovative composer (and insurance man). Includes narration taken directly from Ives's own writings, and reminiscence from those who knew him.

Starring: John Bottoms, Josh Hamilton, Sandra Kingsbury, John McIlwain, Richard Russell Ramos, Alan Shapiro, Louis Turenne, Louis Zorich, Christina Swing, Ed Lynch ..
Directed by: Theodor William Timreck
Release date: 1977-04-21
15.

Rubens, schilder en diplomaat

1.6
7.3/10 IMDB

This historical costume drama is a mini-series on the life of Flemish first-rate Baroque painter Pieter Pauwel Rubens (1577-1640), whose artistic success throughout Europe not only made him a fortune allowing him to stock his Antwerp residence ('Rubenshuis' in Dutch) and a castle at Elewijt, in the countryside nearer Brussels, with numerous fashionable treasures, but also became an ennobled diplomat for the Spanish Hapsburg rulers of the Southern Low Countries (now Belgium), who often traveled, for painting commissions and/or diplomatic missions, to and worked in Italy, France, Spain, all Catholic powers, as well as protestant England and the United Provinces (mainly Holland), also allowing him to meet other prominent contemporaries such as artists. It further covers his marriages to Isabella Brandt and Hélène Fourment.

Directed by: Roland Verhavert
Release date: 1977-10-02
Best History Movies of 1977 : Sheffey
16.

Sheffey

1.6
7.2/10 IMDB

The life and works of 19th-century circuit rider Robert S. Sheffey.

Starring: Dwight Anderson, Harold Kilpatrick, Beneth Jones, Elizabeth Edwards, Laura Pratt, Dorothy Lewis ..
Directed by: Katherine Stenholm
Release date: 1977-08-25
17.

How Should We Then Live?

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This is Dr. Francis Schaeffer's spectacular series on the rise and decline of Western culture from a Christian perspective. The series presents profound truths in simple language and concludes that man's only hope is a return to God's Biblical absolute -- the Truth revealed in Christ through the Scriptures. Each 30-minute episode focuses on a significant era of history while presenting answers to modern problems: The Roman Age The Middle Ages The Renaissance The Reformation The Revolutionary Age The Scientific Age The Age of Non-reason The Age of Fragmentation The Age of Personal Peace & Affluence Final Choices

Starring: Francis A. Schaeffer ..
Release date: 1977-09-06
18.

Mella

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Experimental historical film, with documentary elements. A study of the conceptual development of the young hero Julio Antonio Mella, founder of the Communist Party of Cuba, from the process of the Student Reforms to his assassination in Mexico at the age of 25, in the arms of the Italian photographer Tina Modotti.

Directed by: Enrique Pineda Barnet
Release date: 1977-09-16
Best History Movies of 1977 : The Regiment
19.

The Regiment

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

First transmitted in 1977, this documentary follows three months in the life of the 1st Battalion of the Royal Green Jackets (also known as the Black Mafia) as they move from their Dover barracks for a tour of duty at the Tower of London. The Royal Green Jackets are light infantry, trained to move fast. Above all they are riflemen and take pride in their reputation of being thinking fighting soldiers.

Starring: Julian Pettifer ..
Release date: 1977-02-16
Best History Movies of 1977 : The Fetch
20.

The Fetch

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Dijon, in the time of Napoleon. Emilie Sagee begins her career as a schoolteacher - a career haunted by a mysterious handicap that led to her losing 18 jobs in 16 years. This reconstruction is based on the evidence of her pupils and covers the year she spent at a school in Latvia-a year which nearly brought the school to ruin and forced her at last to face the cause of her misfortunes.

Starring: Juliet Harmer, Lalla Ward, Lesley Manville, Peggy Ann Wood, Jane West, Robin Stewart, Danielle Carson, Ania Marson, Henry Moxon, Amanda Kirby ..
Directed by: Colin Godman
Release date: 1977-01-21
Best History Movies of 1977 : Guadalcanal Requiem
21.

Guadalcanal Requiem

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

One of Paik’s most overtly political and poignant statements, Guadalcanal Requiem is a performance/documentary collage that confronts history, time, cultural memory and mythology on the site of one of World War II’s most devastating battles.

Starring: Charlotte Moorman ..
Directed by: Nam June Paik
Release date: 1977-01-01

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