Best History Movies of 1978

1.

Pretty Baby

4.9
6.5/10 IMDB

Hattie, a New Orleans hooker, meets a photographer named Bellocq at her brothel one night and, after he photographs her, he befriends her 12-year-old daughter, Violet. When Violet is brought on as a working girl by her mother's madam and Hattie skips town to get married, Violet quickly loses her innocence and focuses on reuniting with Bellocq. But a life with Bellocq is compromised for Violet after her mother returns to town.

Starring: Brooke Shields, Keith Carradine, Susan Sarandon, Frances Faye, Antonio Fargas, Matthew Anton, Diana Scarwid, Barbara Steele, Gerrit Graham, Don Hood ..
Directed by: Louis Malle
Release date: 1978-04-05
Best History Movies of 1978 : Centennial
2.

Centennial

4.3
8.3/10 IMDB

The economic and cultural growth of Colorado spanning two centuries from the mid-1700s to the late-1970s.

Release date: 1978-10-01
3.

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

The true story of a part aboriginal man who finds the pressure of adapting to white culture intolerable, and as a result snaps in a violent and horrific manner.

Starring: Tom E. Lewis, Freddy Reynolds, Ray Barrett, Jack Thompson, Don Crosby, Angela Punch McGregor, Steve Dodd, Peter Carroll, Ruth Cracknell, Elizabeth Alexander ..
Directed by: Fred Schepisi
Release date: 1978-06-21
Best History Movies of 1978 : Les Misérables
4.

Les Misérables

3.7
7.3/10 IMDB

Jean Valjean, convicted of stealing bread, is hounded for decades by the relentless and cruel policeman Javert.

Starring: Richard Jordan, Anthony Perkins, Caroline Langrishe, Ian Holm, Christopher Guard, Angela Pleasence, Claude Dauphin, Cyril Cusack, Celia Johnson, Joyce Redman ..
Directed by: Glenn Jordan
Release date: 1978-12-27
5.

Gray Lady Down

3.5
6.2/10 IMDB

The USS Neptune, a nuclear submarine, is sunk off the coast of Connecticut after a collision with a Norwegian cargo ship. The navy must attempt a potentially dangerous rescue in the hope of saving the lives of the crew.

Starring: Charlton Heston, David Carradine, Stacy Keach, Ned Beatty, Stephen McHattie, Ronny Cox, Dorian Harewood, Rosemary Forsyth, Hilly Hicks, Charles Cioffi ..
Directed by: David Greene
Release date: 1978-03-10
Best History Movies of 1978 : American Hot Wax
6.

American Hot Wax

3.5
6.9/10 IMDB

This is the story loosely based on Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed, who introduced rock'n'roll to teenage American radio audiences in the 1950s. Freed was a source of great controversy: criticized by conservatives for corrupting youth with the "devil's music"; hated by racists for promoting African American music for white consumption; persecuted by law enforcement officials and finally brought down by the "payola" scandals.

Starring: Tim McIntire, Fran Drescher, Jay Leno, Laraine Newman, Chuck Berry, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, Moosie Drier, Carl Weaver ..
Directed by: Floyd Mutrux
Release date: 1978-03-17
Best History Movies of 1978 : Richard II
7.

Richard II

3.3
8.0/10 IMDB

Richard II, who ascended the throne as a child, is a regal and stately monarch. He believes he is the rightful ruler of England, ordained by God, yet he is a weak and ineffective king - wasteful in his spending habits, unwise in his choise of chansellors, and detached from his country and its people. When he seizes the land of his cousin Henry Bolingbroke, both the commoners and the barons decide that their king has gone too far...

Starring: Derek Jacobi, Jon Finch, John Gielgud, Charles Gray, Wendy Hiller, Mary Morris, David Swift, Clifford Rose, Charles Keating, Richard Owens ..
Directed by: David Giles
Release date: 1978-12-10
8.

Rome '78

2.9
6.2/10 IMDB

Nares mocks up Ancient Rome by shooting in faux-classical sites like Grant's Tomb and Tribeca's American Thread Building, where a decrepit penthouse loft with a peeling-paint dome serves as an echoey stand-in for the imperial palace. The latter location required ingenuity: Posing as potential renters, Nares and associates asked the manager to show them the apartment, then unlocked the windows on the way out; a few hours later, they broke back into the space, full cast and crew in tow, to shoot the necessary scenes.

Starring: John Lurie, Lydia Lunch, James Chance, Patti Astor, Eric Mitchell, Pat Place, David McDermott, Anya Phillips, Bradley Field ..
Directed by: James Nares
Release date: 1978-12-23
Best History Movies of 1978 : The Duenna
9.

The Duenna

2.8
6.8/10 IMDB

A funny musical based on the comedy "The Duenna" by British dramatist Richard B. Sheridan.

Starring: Irina Muravyova, Vladimir Zeldin, Evgeni Leonov, Tatyana Vasileva, Semyon Farada, Lyubov Polishchuk, Vladimir Soshalsky, Anatoli Kubatsky ..
Directed by: Mikhail Grigoryev
Release date: 1978-06-06
Best History Movies of 1978 : Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle
10.

Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

2.7
5.2/10 IMDB

Part documentary/part dramatization, this film details several of the highest-profile unsolved cases of disappearances, mysterious changes in personality and other strange occurrences related to the Bermuda Triangle.

Starring: Gregory Bayless, Joe Bernardoni, Fred Buch, Lou Colombo, Ray Crawford, John Dodson, Robert Garrison, James R. Geeting, Eric Henshaw, Peter Tompkins ..
Directed by: Donald Brittain, Laurin Render
Release date: 1978-07-20
11.

The Bastard

2.5
6.8/10 IMDB

Phillipe Charboneau is the illegitimate son of an English duke. When he travels from France to England to claim his inheritance, he incurs the wrath of his father's family and is forced to flee to America, where he becomes involved in the events leading to the American Revolution. (Episodes 1 and 2 of the Kent Chronicles miniseries.)

Starring: Andrew Stevens, Tom Bosley, Kim Cattrall, Buddy Ebsen, Lorne Greene, Olivia Hussey, Cameron Mitchell, Harry Morgan, Patricia Neal, Eleanor Parker ..
Directed by: Lee H. Katzin
Release date: 1978-05-22
Best History Movies of 1978 : Against the Wind
12.

Against the Wind

1.9
8.1/10 IMDB

Mary Mulvane, an 18 year old Irish girl, is transported to New South Wales for seven years for doing little else than protecting her own property. She must endure the horror of transport to Australia, and years of anxiety as a convict. Mary, her friends and her family fight out their battle against a lively historical backdrop - Irelands 1798 Rebellion. Australia's Castle Hill Rebellion of 1804 and the 1808 Rum Rebellion

Release date: 1978-09-12
Best History Movies of 1978 : The Billion Dollar Bubble
13.

The Billion Dollar Bubble

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The Billion Dollar Bubble is a 1976 film made for the BBC series Horizon and directed by Brian Gibson about the story of the two billion dollar insurance embezzlement scheme involving Equity Funding Corporation of America. The movie stars James Woods in the role of the actuary.

Starring: James Woods, William Hootkins, Shane Rimmer, Sam Wanamaker, Christopher Guest, Lionel Murton, Thomasine Heiner, Bill Reimbold, Toria Fuller, Hal Galili ..
Directed by: Brian Gibson
Release date: 1978-06-08
Best History Movies of 1978 : Ring of Passion
14.

Ring of Passion

1.6
7.1/10 IMDB

The championship battles between Joe Louis and Max Schmeling in 1936 and 1938 were legendary, as they pummeled each other in their efforts to attain the heavyweight title.

Starring: Bernie Casey, Stephen Macht, Allen Garfield, Norman Alden, Joseph Campanella, Britt Ekland, Julius Harris, Mordecai Lawner, Denise Nicholas, Beah Richards ..
Directed by: Robert Michael Lewis
Release date: 1978-02-04
15.

The Winds of Kitty Hawk

1.6
6.5/10 IMDB

A beautifully photographed story that gives insight into the lives and accomplishments of the Wright brothers and the period in which they lived.

Starring: Michael Moriarty, David Huffman, Tom Bower, Robin Gammell, Scott Hylands, John Randolph, Kathryn Walker, Eugene Roche, John Hoyt ..
Directed by: E.W. Swackhamer
Release date: 1978-12-17
16.

The Nativity

1.4
6.1/10 IMDB

The story of the courtship of Joseph and Mary, and of the events leading up to the first Christmas.

Starring: Madeleine Stowe, John Shea, Leo McKern, John Rhys-Davies, Jane Wyatt, Paul Stewart, William Morgan Sheppard, Kate O'Mara, Freddie Jones ..
Directed by: Bernard L. Kowalski
Release date: 1978-12-17
17.

Donner Pass: The Road to Survival

1.4
5.8/10 IMDB

A grim incident from American pioneer history is recreated as a determined group of settlers, facing almost insurmountable odds, struggles to reach California in 1846. Already divided by internal dissension over the choice of a leader and the selection of a route, the wagon train is soon decimated by Indian raids, a scarcity of food and water, and the unrelenting forces of nature. Finally after months of hardship, the party reaches the High Sierras, only to be stranded in the middle of the pass by an early snowstorm. And as fear of an agonizing death from starvation forces the abandonment of conventional rules of human behavior, the pioneers face a new enemy - each other.

Starring: Cindy Eilbacher, Robert Fuller, Andrew Prine, Michael Callan, Diane McBain, John Anderson, Gregory Walcott, Whit Bissell ..
Directed by: James L. Conway
Release date: 1978-10-24
18.

Orson Welles's Jeremiah

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Reading passages from the Old Testament.

Starring: Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best History Movies of 1978 : Song of Radauti
19.

Song of Radauti

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

A look at the Jewish community in R?d?u?i, Romania, from 1974 to 1976.

Starring: Laurence Salzmann, Joseph Tyrnauer ..
Directed by: Laurence Salzmann
Release date: 1978-07-01
Best History Movies of 1978 : Maidens
20.

Maidens

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

Maidens(1978) is an autobiographical essay film, using personal archives, still and moving image, from both domestic and other sources, lyrical narration and emotive music to trace the filmmaking journey of one feminist (the filmmaker herself). Almost four years in the making, Maidens picked up local and international short film awards and became compulsory viewing in women and film courses around the country -- where it sparked much impassioned debate. It remains essential viewing for an enhanced understanding of the moment of awakened consciousness that characterised 1970s feminism.

Directed by: Jeni Thornley
Release date: 1978-02-28
21.

Fields of Endless Day

0.0
0.0/10 IMDB

The history of Canada's black population.

Starring: Lili Francks, Winston Sutton, Ricardo Keens-Douglas, Mireille Metellus, Jodie Drake, Luther Hansraj ..
Directed by: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Release date: 1978-01-01

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