Best History Movies of 1978


Pretty Baby

6.5/10 IMDB

Hattie, a New Orleans prostitute, 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


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

The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

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

Les Misérables

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

Gray Lady Down

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

American Hot Wax

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

Richard II

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
Best History Movies of 1978 : Ring of Passion

Ring of Passion

7.2/10 IMDB

Fact-based drama about the two Joe Louis-Max Schmeling heavyweight fights and the way both boxers unwillingly became symbols of political ideologies just prior to World War II.

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
Best History Movies of 1978 : The Duenna

The Duenna

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 : Rome '78

Rome '78

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, Kristian Hoffman ..
Directed by: James Nares
Release date: 1978-12-23
Best History Movies of 1978 : Deadman's Curve

Deadman's Curve

6.9/10 IMDB

Things were cool. Chicks were pretty. Waves were groovy. Cars had muscle. Jan and Dean rode their wave to the top of the pop charts. Then, in 1966, on their way to becoming rock and roll legends, they have to cope with a devastating car crash that leaves Jan brain-damaged and their dreams shattered.

Starring: Richard Hatch, Bruce Davison, Pamela Bellwood, Dick Clark, Wolfman Jack, Denise DuBarry, Mike Love, Floy Dean, Denise DuBarry, Priscilla Cory ..
Directed by: Richard Compton
Release date: 1978-02-03
Best History Movies of 1978 : Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

Secrets of the Bermuda Triangle

5.1/10 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

The Bastard

6.9/10 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

Against the Wind

8.2/10 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

La Passion de Camille et Lucile Desmoulins

7.8/10 IMDB

Starring: Bernard Alane, Claude Jade, Jean Martinelli, Françoise Christophe, Gabriel Cattand, François Patrice, William Sabatier, Brigitte Dunsky ..
Directed by: Jean-Paul Carrère
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best History Movies of 1978 : The Billion Dollar Bubble

The Billion Dollar Bubble

7.3/10 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 : Slavers


4.6/10 IMDB

A story about slave hunting, colonialism, revenge and love.

Starring: Trevor Howard, Ron Ely, Britt Ekland, Jürgen Goslar, Ken Gampu, Helen Morgan, Cameron Mitchell, Ray Milland, Arthur Brauss, Erik Schumann ..
Directed by: Jürgen Goslar
Release date: 1978-02-24

The Winds of Kitty Hawk

6.4/10 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

The Nativity

6.3/10 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
Best History Movies of 1978 : Donner Pass: The Road to Survival

Donner Pass: The Road to Survival

5.9/10 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, John Doucette, Royal Dano ..
Directed by: James L. Conway
Release date: 1978-10-24
Best History Movies of 1978 : Ruby and Oswald

Ruby and Oswald

5.7/10 IMDB

A dramatic re-creation of the four-day span preceding and following the assassination of John F. Kennedy in November, 1963, drawn from authenticated events and eyewitness accounts.

Starring: Michael Lerner, Frederic Forrest, Doris Roberts, Lou Frizzell, Bruce French, Sandy McPeak, Lanna Saunders, Sandy Ward, James Brodhead, Brian Dennehy ..
Directed by: Mel Stuart
Release date: 1978-02-08
Best History Movies of 1978 : The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance

The Million Dollar Dixie Deliverance

0.0/10 IMDB

A Confederate officer kidnaps for a $1,000,000 ransom five well-to-do children from a Yankee boarding school; a wounded black Union soldier helps them escape after they perform the necessary surgery to remove the bullet from his leg. But they are captured again, and it takes a lucky Union army attack to save them.

Starring: Brock Peters, Christian Juttner, Kyle Richards, Chip Courtland, Alicia Fleer, Christian Berrigan, Joe Dorsey, Kip Niven, Grace Zabriskie ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1978-02-05

Orson Welles's Jeremiah

0.0/10 IMDB

Reading passages from the Old Testament.

Starring: Orson Welles ..
Directed by: Orson Welles
Release date: 1978-01-01

Amours sous la révolution: André Chénier et la jeune captive

0.0/10 IMDB

Starring: Nicolas Silberg, Anny Duperey, Jacques Toja ..
Directed by: Jean-Paul Carrère
Release date: 1978-01-01
Best History Movies of 1978 : Song of Radauti

Song of Radauti

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


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
Best History Movies of 1978 : Fields of Endless Day

Fields of Endless Day

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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