Best History Movies of 1978

1.

Jesus of Nazareth

5.3
8.5/10 IMDB

Theatrical Version

Starring: Robert Powell, Anne Bancroft, Ernest Borgnine, James Farentino, Ian McShane ..
Directed by: Franco Zeffirelli
Release date: 1978-03-16
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

3.8
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

3.8
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

3.6
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 : Richard II
6.

Richard II

3.4
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 : American Hot Wax
7.

American Hot Wax

3.4
7.0/10 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 : New World
8.

New World

3.3
7.3/10 IMDB

At the end of the 16th century, as the Spanish conquerors strive to subdue the New World, they confront another problem of equal magnitude: the evangelization of the natives, who are people of deep religious beliefs and refuse to understand nor accept Christianity. The Spanish remedy: the Inquisition. The court of the Inquisition takes severe measurements against the heretics and the indians prepare themselves for a general Revolution.

Starring: Aarón Hernán, Tito Junco, María Rojo, Elpidia Carrillo, Bruno Rey, Juan Ángel Martínez, Ignacio Retes, Jorge Humberto Robles, Guillermo Gil, Tina Romero ..
Directed by: Gabriel Retes
Release date: 1978-08-10
Best History Movies of 1978 : Rome '78
9.

Rome '78

3.0
6.1/10 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 ..
Directed by: James Nares
Release date: 1978-12-23
10.

The Bastard

2.2
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.

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

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