Best History Movies of 1977

1.

A Bridge Too Far

5.3
7.4/10 IMDB

A Bridge Too Far tells the story of Operation Market Garden, the failed attempt by the allies to end the war quickly by securing three bridges in Holland and allowing access over the Rhine into Germany. A combination of poor allied intelligence and the presence of two crack German Panzer divisions meant that the final part of this operation (the bridge in Arnhem over the Rhine, the titular 'bridge too far') was doomed to failure.

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

5.1
7.5/10 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
4.

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
5.

The Man in the Iron Mask

3.5
6.7/10 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: 1977-07-07
6.

MacArthur

3.4
6.6/10 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 ..
Directed by: Joseph Sargent
Release date: 1977-07-01
Best History Movies of 1977 : Valentino
7.

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 : The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover
8.

The Private Files of J. Edgar Hoover

2.4
6.2/10 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 : Dead Boys: Live at CBGB
9.

Dead Boys: Live at CBGB

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

This 1977 performance from New York's legendary CBGB's proves why The Dead Boys were the epitome of snotty punk rock. Characterized by Stiv Bator's audience provoking on-stage antics, along with the band's aggressive power chord punch, the Dead Boys have big balls.

Starring: Stiv Bators ..
Release date: 1977-05-06

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