Best History Movies of 1979



7.5/10 IMDB

Upon receiving his draft notice and leaving his family ranch in Oklahoma, Claude heads to New York and befriends a tribe of long-haired hippies on his way to boot camp.

Starring: John Savage, Treat Williams, Annie Golden, Beverly D'Angelo, Dorsey Wright, Don Dacus, Richard Bright, Nicholas Ray, Charlotte Rae, Miles Chapin ..
Directed by: Miloš Forman
Release date: 1979-03-14


7.1/10 IMDB

Three and a half years of Jesus' ministry, as told in the Gospel of Luke.

Starring: Brian Deacon, Rivka Neuman, Alexander Scourby, Niko Nitai, Yosef Shiloach, Ori Levy ..
Directed by: Peter Sykes, John Kirsh, John Krish
Release date: 1979-10-19

All Quiet on the Western Front

7.1/10 IMDB

At the start of World War I, Paul Baumer is a young German patriot, eager to fight. Indoctrinated with propaganda at school, he and his friends eagerly sign up for the army soon after graduation. But when the horrors of war soon become too much to bear, and as his friends die or become gravely wounded, Paul questions the sanity of fighting over a few hundreds yards of war-torn countryside.

Starring: Richard Thomas, Ernest Borgnine, Donald Pleasence, Ian Holm, Patricia Neal, David Bradley, Paul Mark Elliott, Dominic Jephcott, Michael Sheard, Ewan Stewart ..
Directed by: Delbert Mann
Release date: 1979-11-14


5.3/10 IMDB

The perversion behind imperial Rome, the epic story of Rome's mad Emporer. All the details of his cruel, bizarre reign are revealed right here: His unholy sexual passion for his sister, his marriage to Rome's most infamous prostitute, his fiendishly inventive means of disposing those who would oppose him, and more.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Paolo Bonacelli, Guido Mannari, Giancarlo Badessi, John Steiner, Bruno Brive ..
Directed by: Tinto Brass, Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui
Release date: 1979-08-14
Best History Movies of 1979 : Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2

7.8/10 IMDB

The death of King Henry the Fourth and the coronation of King Henry the Fifth.

Starring: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Anthony Quayle, John Fowler, Bruce Purchase, Bryan Pringle, Rob Edwards, Martin Neil, Roger Davenport, David Neal ..
Directed by: David Giles
Release date: 1979-12-16

Zulu Dawn

6.6/10 IMDB

In 1879, the British suffer a great loss at the Battle of Isandlwana due to incompetent leadership.

Starring: Burt Lancaster, Denholm Elliott, Bob Hoskins, Peter O'Toole, John Mills, Nigel Davenport, Simon Ward, Phil Daniels, Peter Vaughan, Ronald Lacey ..
Directed by: Douglas Hickox
Release date: 1979-05-14
Best History Movies of 1979 : Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1

7.9/10 IMDB

Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince of Wales, has thrown over life at court in favour of heavy drinking and petty theft in the company of a debauched elderly knight, Sir John Falstaff. Hal must extricate himself from some legal problems, regain his father's good opinions and help suppress the uprising.

Starring: Jon Finch, David Gwillim, Anthony Quayle, Clive Swift, Tim Pigott-Smith, Rob Edwards, Robert Brown, David Buck, Bruce Purchase, Robert Morris ..
Directed by: David Giles
Release date: 1979-12-09

Black Jack

6.8/10 IMDB

In this fascinating adventure of the England of the 1750s, the huge Frenchman Black Jack (Jean Franval) miraculously survives a hanging by the British authorities in Yorkshire and escapes from the grim jaws of "justice." He takes to the countryside in the company of Tolly, a teenaged boy who is able to translate Black Jack's odd speech into something comprehensible. They join up with Belle, an aristocratic teenager who has escaped from the madhouse her family imprisoned her in when she grew troublesome. Together, the three join a carnival. However, as it becomes clear that the girl is far from crazy, love between Tolly and Belle grows. This story, set in the mid-18th century, is based on a novel by Leon Garfield.

Starring: Jean Franval, Stephen Hirst, Louise Cooper, Phil Askham, Pat Wallis, John Young, William Moore, Doreen Mantle, Russell Waters, Brian Hawksley ..
Directed by: Ken Loach
Release date: 1979-09-09
Best History Movies of 1979 : Henry VIII

Henry VIII

7.1/10 IMDB

Henry is a proud monarch who flies in the face of the church in seeking to divorce Queen Katherine and marry Anne Bullen. As cardinal Wolsey, the powerful Lord Chancellor of England, attempts to bend Rome to the King's wishes, the court reverbates with political intrigue and accusations of treachery.

Starring: Tony Church, John Stride, Julian Glover, Jeremy Kemp, David Rintoul, Timothy West, John Rowe, Lewis Flander, Alan Leith, Claire Bloom ..
Directed by: Kevin Billington
Release date: 1979-02-25

Encounter with Disaster

8.0/10 IMDB

Depicts assorted natural and human disasters, including the crash of the Hindenburg (1937), earthquakes in Alaska (1964) and Long Beach (1933), the LeMans auto racing crash at which 82 people were killed (1955), Hurrican Camille (1964), the eruption of the Mt. Etna volcano (1971), a tornado (1974), the collapse of Idaho's Teton Dam (1976), the sinking of the Andrea Doria (1956) and the Texas City explosion which devastated Galveston (1947).

Directed by: Charles E. Sellier Jr.
Release date: 1979-03-07
Best History Movies of 1979 : Ike


7.0/10 IMDB

Eisenhower the military man is the focus of this mini-series, his relationships with the other wartime leaders, and, very discreetly, his personal relationship with his driver, Kay Summersby.

Starring: Robert Duvall, Lee Remick, Dana Andrews, Darren McGavin, Paul Gleason, Laurence Luckinbill, J.D. Cannon, Wensley Pithey, Ian Richardson, Stephen Roberts ..
Directed by: Boris Sagal, Melville Shavelson
Release date: 1979-05-03

Mayflower: The Pilgrims' Adventure

5.9/10 IMDB

In 1620, the Assembly of the Pilgrims decides to emigrate to the young America because of the persecution they suffer by the English crown. The film tells the adventurous journey of the Pilgrims to an unknown land and future.

Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Richard Crenna, Jenny Agutter, David Dukes, Michael Beck, Trish Van Devere, Nicolas Surovy, William Converse-Roberts, Frank Hamilton, W.B. Brydon ..
Directed by: George Schaefer
Release date: 1979-11-21

Canada Vignettes: Wop May

7.2/10 IMDB

This short animated film is about Wop May, one of Canada's leading bush pilots in the 1920s.

Starring: Donald Brittain ..
Directed by: Blake James
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best History Movies of 1979 : Lady Oscar

Lady Oscar

5.9/10 IMDB

Oscar François de Jarjayes was born female, but her father insisted she be raised as a boy as he had no sons. She becomes the captain of the guards at Versailles under King Louis XVI and Marie Antonette. Her privileged, noble life comes under fire as she discovers the hard life of the poor people of France. She is caught up in the French Revolution, and must choose between her loyalty and love.

Starring: Catriona MacColl, Barry Stokes, Jonas Bergström, Christine Böhm, Terence Budd, Patsy Kensit, Mark Kingston, Georges Wilson, Martin Potter, Sue Lloyd ..
Directed by: Jacques Demy
Release date: 1979-03-03
Best History Movies of 1979 : The Fifth Musketeer

The Fifth Musketeer

5.3/10 IMDB

King Louis XIV has without his knowledge a twin brother, Philippe, but when he is told, he immediately locks up his brother in the Bastille. The king wants to increase his popularity and stages an assassination against himself where Philippe is dressed as king Louis. But Philippe manages to escape the assassination and everybody believes him to be the real king...

Starring: Beau Bridges, Sylvia Kristel, Ursula Andress, Olivia de Havilland, Ian McShane, Cornel Wilde, Rex Harrison, José Ferrer, Lloyd Bridges, Alan Hale Jr. ..
Directed by: Ken Annakin
Release date: 1979-04-06
Best History Movies of 1979 : House of Seven Belles

House of Seven Belles

4.8/10 IMDB

The late Andy Milligan never completed his Reconstruction-era melodrama, leaving behind a single unfinished workprint. Shot on Staten Island, yet packed full of Southern gothic touches, it’s more than just a curio; As MIlligan said, “It’s all there, except the finale I was unable to shoot.” Thus, it may be left to the viewer to imagine the ending to his screeching, sinful epic.

Starring: Hal Borske, Elaine Boies, Louise Schiumo, Randa Kriss, Peter Barcia, Dolores Barcia ..
Directed by: Andy Milligan
Release date: 1979-01-01

Akbar Saleem Anarkali

7.5/10 IMDB

The story of Anarkali and Saleem retold.

Starring: N.T. Rama Rao, Nandamuri Balakrishna, Unni Mary ..
Directed by: N.T. Rama Rao
Release date: 1979-05-09
Best History Movies of 1979 : Churchill and the Generals

Churchill and the Generals

7.4/10 IMDB

The complicated relationship between Winston Churchill and the leaders of the British army during World War II.

Starring: Timothy West, Eric Porter, Arthur Hill, Joseph Cotten, Richard Dysart, Ian Richardson, Patrick Allen, Alexander Knox, Robert Arden, Paul Hardwick ..
Directed by: Alan Gibson
Release date: 1979-09-23
Best History Movies of 1979 : Coriolanus


6.8/10 IMDB

A video recording of a New York Shakespeare Festival 1979 stage production of Coriolanus with an all-black and Hispanic cast. Producer Joseph Papp intended to provide professional opportunities for actors of minority ethnic backgrounds. A banished hero of Rome allies with a sworn enemy to take his revenge on the city.

Starring: Morgan Freeman, Frank Adu, Gloria Foster, CCH Pounder, Earle Hyman, Roscoe Orman, Michele Shay, Maurice Woods, Keith David, Castulo Guerra ..
Directed by: Wilford Leach
Release date: 1979-03-31
Best History Movies of 1979 : A Man Called Intrepid

A Man Called Intrepid

6.8/10 IMDB

During World War II, a wealthy Canadian uses his own money to help the Allies form an espionage network.

Starring: David Niven, Barbara Hershey, Michael York, Paul Harding, Flora Robson, Peter Gilmore, Renée Asherson, Nigel Stock, Ferdy Mayne, Gayle Hunnicutt ..
Directed by: Peter Carter
Release date: 1979-05-07

The Rebels

6.4/10 IMDB

This sequel to "The Bastard" continues the saga of Philip Kent, the illegitimate son of an English nobleman, who has renounced his patrician birthright to become a Colonial soldier fighting for America's independence, befriending a Southern aristocrat and his earthy buddy to help thwart a plot to assassinate George Washington. (Episodes 3 and 4 of the Kent Chronicles miniseries.)

Starring: Andrew Stevens, Don Johnson, Doug McClure, Jim Backus, Richard Basehart, Joan Blondell, Tom Bosley, Macdonald Carey, Rory Calhoun, Kim Cattrall ..
Directed by: Russ Mayberry
Release date: 1979-05-14
Best History Movies of 1979 : Riel


6.5/10 IMDB

A film about the actions of the Metis rebel leader who opposed the Canadian government in two seperate rebellions. (Taken from the imdb page)

Starring: Raymond Cloutier, Roger Blay, Lloyd Bochner, James Bradford, Maury Chaykin ..
Directed by: George Bloomfield
Release date: 1979-04-11
Best History Movies of 1979 : Marx for Beginners

Marx for Beginners

7.2/10 IMDB

In order to understand the works and ideas of Karl Marx, this animation takes an ordinary man through several different periods of history, from the cavemen to the philosophers of the world to better comprehend Marx ideals for the proletarian and why the world is an unfair contradiction of all sorts.

Directed by: Annabel Jankel, Rocky Morton, Bob Godfrey, Erica Russell, Kevin Attew, Marcus Parker-Rhodes, Graeme Jackson, Sarah Vincent, Gale Wright, Mark Shepherd
Release date: 1979-12-31
Best History Movies of 1979 : When Pizarro, Cortés and Orellana were friends

When Pizarro, Cortés and Orellana were friends

0.0/10 IMDB

An anthropological fable surrounding the clash of two cultures in the conquest of America.

Directed by: Gilberto Macedo
Release date: 1979-01-01
Best History Movies of 1979 : For Twenty Cents A Day

For Twenty Cents A Day

0.0/10 IMDB

A film documenting work shortages during the Depression of the 1930s and the attempts to deal with the unemployed, in particular young men. The film discusses the establishment of relief camps and projects, where men were paid twenty cents per day; the founding of organizations such as the Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (CCF), Workers' Unity League, and Relief Camp Workers' Union; general unionization and protest of the unemployed, including the On To Ottawa Trek, Regina Riot, sit-in strike from May to June 1938 at the Vancouver Main Post Office, Vancouver Art Gallery and Hotel Georgia, and the resulting Bloody Sunday of June 19.

Starring: Dorothy Livesay ..
Directed by: Jim Monro
Release date: 1979-01-01

My Survival as an Aboriginal

8.2/10 IMDB

Essie Coffey gives the children lessons on Aboriginal culture. She speaks of the importance of teaching these kids about their traditions. Aboriginal kids are forgetting about their Aboriginal heritage because they are being taught white culture instead.

Starring: Essie Coffey ..
Directed by: Essie Coffey
Release date: 1979-01-02
Best History Movies of 1979 : Whatever Happened to the Human Race?

Whatever Happened to the Human Race?

0.0/10 IMDB

Many people think the religious right arose as a response to the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, but that’s not true, it began when religious leaders such as Jerry Falwell and Paul Weyrich arbitrarily chose abortion as an issue which could unite conservative evangelicals and Catholics as a political force. While Catholics believe in the pre-existence of the soul, evangelicals prior to this had embraced family planning and had largely welcomed Roe. Evangelicals had mainly viewed the government with distrust and believed the life of the mother took precedence in any ethical determination without interference from the state. This provocative series of five programs examines the sanctity/holiness of life as a social, moral and spiritual issue in emotive, visual terms that created a political movement.

Starring: Francis A. Schaeffer, C. Everett Koop ..
Directed by: Franky Schaeffer
Release date: 1979-01-01

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