Best History Movies of 1979


Canada Vignettes: Wop May

7.0/10 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 : Race d'Ep!

Race d'Ep!

6.7/10 IMDB

"Race d’Ep!" (which literally translates to "Breed of Faggots") was made by the “father of queer theory,” Guy Hocquenghem, in collaboration with radical queer filmmaker and provocateur Lionel Soukaz. The film traces the history of modern homosexuality through the twentieth century, from early sexology and the nudes of Baron von Gloeden to gay liberation and cruising on the streets of Paris. Influenced by the groundbreaking work of Michel Foucault on the history of sexuality and reflecting the revolutionary queer activism of its day, "Race d’Ep!" is a shockingly frank, sex-filled experimental documentary about gay culture emerging from the shadows.

Starring: Elizar Van Effenterre, Gilles Sandier, Pierre Hahn, Jean Demelier, Yves Jacquemard, Jean-Michel Sénécal, Claire Amiard, Adeline André, Michel Journiac, Piotr Stanislas ..
Directed by: Lionel Soukaz, Guy Hocquenghem
Release date: 1979-10-24

The Rebels

6.8/10 IMDB

Philip Kent (Andrew Stevens) takes part in the American Revolution and the newly formed congress.

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

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 ..
Directed by: Jacques Demy
Release date: 1979-03-03


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, Joseph Shiloach, Ori Levy ..
Directed by: Peter Sykes, John Kirsh
Release date: 1979-10-19
Best History Movies of 1979 : Breakthrough


5.1/10 IMDB

Starting in late May 1944, during the German retreat on the Eastern Front, Captain Stransky (Helmut Griem) orders Sergeant Steiner (Richard Burton) to blow up a railway tunnel to prevent Russian forces from using it. Steiner's platoon fails in its mission by coming up against a Russian tank. Steiner then takes a furlough to Paris just as the Allies launch their invasion of Normandy.

Starring: Richard Burton, Rod Steiger, Helmut Griem, Klaus Löwitsch, Michael Parks, Werner Pochath, Robert Mitchum, Véronique Vendell, Horst Janson, Joachim Hansen ..
Directed by: Andrew V. McLaglen
Release date: 1979-03-01
Best History Movies of 1979 : Henry IV Part 1

Henry IV Part 1

8.0/10 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 ..
Directed by: David Giles
Release date: 1979-12-09
Best History Movies of 1979 : Henry IV Part 2

Henry IV Part 2

7.9/10 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 ..
Directed by: David Giles
Release date: 1979-12-16
Best History Movies of 1979 : The Fifth Musketeer

The Fifth Musketeer

0.0/10 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

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

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